Israel/Palestine

 

The Presbyterian Church has been involved in mission efforts in the Middle East for nearly two centuries. The denomination’s long-standing witness in Israel and Palestine has spanned a range of efforts. Presbyterian World Mission supports mission co-workers who work with partner churches and contributes to refugee relief and resettlement. Our work and that of our partners combats hunger and poverty and supports the ministries of local churches. We also sponsor travel-study seminars that promote education, health and leadership development and offer vocational training programs and self-development projects. Our work supports peace, justice and human rights movements and engages in constituency education. We also mobilize advocates to influence public policy.

Since 1948, Presbyterian General Assemblies have repeatedly addressed the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine. The Presbyterian position has consistently been to affirm the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state within secure, internationally recognized borders and the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, including the right to the establishment of a neighboring independent, sovereign state toward the end of establishing a just and durable peace.

Victor and Sara Makari
Victor Makari serves as regional consultant for the Diyar Consortium’s Religion and State Program in Bethlehem. The program, launched in 2008 to respond to the urgency for a visible and proactive witness of the Christian communities of the Middle East, studies the relationship between religion and governments in the Arab World. Victor also serves as a partnership liaison, facilitating the work of the PC(USA) with church partners in Israel-Palestine and supporting the ministries of Presbyterian associates for ecumenical partnership. Sara serves as the editor of Diyar Consortium’s English-language publications. Read more about their work here.

Douglas Dicks
Doug Dicks, World Mission’s associate for ecumenical partnerships in the Middle East, serves in justice and peacemaking in conjunction with St. Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem and other partners in the region. He has lived and worked in Israel, Palestine and Jordan for more than 20 years. Over the years, Doug has accompanied hundreds of Presbyterians who have come to the region to walk alongside Arab Christians, as well as to learn from them. Through photography and information-sharing, Doug shepherds congregations and councils preparing for pilgrimages and other study trips to the land called ‘Holy.’ Doug’s work enables the larger PC(USA) community to advocate for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Read more about Doug’s work here.

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
Bethlehem Bible College
Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the MECC
Diyar Consortium
Pilgrims of Ibillin
Sabeel Ecumenical Center

Victor and Sara Makari
Victor Makari serves as regional consultant for the Diyar Consortium’s Religion and State Program in Bethlehem. The program, launched in 2008 to respond to the urgency for a visible and proactive witness of the Christian communities of the Middle East, studies the relationship between religion and governments in the Arab World. Victor also serves as a partnership liaison, facilitating the work of the PC(USA) with church partners in Israel-Palestine and supporting the ministries of Presbyterian associates for ecumenical partnership. Sara serves as the editor of Diyar Consortium’s English-language publications. Read more on Victor and Sara’s profile page.

Contact Victor at: victor.makari@pcusa.org

Douglas Dicks
Doug Dicks, World Mission’s associate for ecumenical partnerships in the Middle East, serves in justice and peacemaking in conjunction with St. Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem and other partners in the region. He has lived and worked in Israel, Palestine and Jordan for more than 20 years. Over the years, Doug has accompanied hundreds of Presbyterians who have come to the region to walk alongside Arab Christians, as well as to learn from them. Through photography and information-sharing, Doug shepherds congregations and councils preparing for pilgrimages and other study trips to the land called ‘Holy.’ Doug’s work enables the larger PC(USA) community to advocate for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Read more on Doug’s profile page.

Contact Doug at: overthejordan@gmail.com

The Israel-Palestine Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies. For more information, contact the moderator of the IPMN.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. When they return home, those who have participated in the trips campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through an end to the occupation, respect for international law and implementation of UN resolutions.