So much to share this month - including the 'Palestinian' Ghandhi in Australia; please read all through to get all the updates!
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update


Fantastic events from last month

PIEN Published Opinion Peace for the World Week for Peace

What's on this month

WCC asks EU to honor its position on Israeli settlements

Great chance to buy from Gaza

Might you be in Jerusalem in Easter 2014 - want to join Compass special?

News from Palestine and Israel

Fantastic events from this last month

PIEN partnered with the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne in a theological reflection day

Queenscliff Uniting holding up olive branches to recognise the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

PIEN partnered with World Vision to host Israeli human rights activist and anthropologist Prof Jeff Halper at World Vision

Major events on this month

see also 'church events'

Adelaide 2 November, Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Dr Mustafa Barghouthi,

Sydney 3 November, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi @ Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Brisbane 4 November, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, public lecture

Canberra 5 November, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, public lecture, details TBA

Melbourne 10 November, 10am, Run for Palestine

WCC news: EU asked to honor its position on Israeli settlements.

This month the World Council of Churches supported 9 returned Ecumenical Accompaniers to lobby the EU. Read full story.

Please keep Melbourne Anglican woman Sally Masters in your prayers who is currently on placement with EAPPI in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank

Please buy from Gaza

Gaza's Ark is an international movement seeking to challenge the blockade of Gaza.  One of the things it's doing is supporting the sale of fairtrade goods from Gaza.  Please support Gaza if you can by bulk-buying goods from them - you could hold a stall at your church or group, or maybe buy all your Christmas presents at once!  Read more.


Compass Easter 2014 special - looking for pilgrims going to Jerusalem

Compass are going to follow Geraldine Doogue as she makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in Easter 2014, searching for what she believes is the essence of her faith. Alongside Geraldine's story, they are wanting to film other Australians who are also visiting Jerusalem at the same time - want to be part of the special?
Click here for more or feel free to call Jessica on 0431 519 577 to discuss

News from Palestine & Israel

An Israeli soldier and seven Palestinians killed since the resumption of peace talks
Peace talks threatened after Israeli soldier killed, but seven Palestinian deaths since their resumption barely make a ripple.
World Bank estimates cost of Palestinians being denied access to agricultural land at $3.4billion.
“Access to Area C will go a long way to solving Palestinian economic problems,” said Sherman. “The alternative is bleak.  Without the ability to utilize the potential of Area C, the economic space will remain fragmented and stunted. Lifting multiple restrictions could transform the economy and substantially improve prospects for sustained growth.”

A Palestinian village returns to its land after 35 years
After 35 years, deliverance has finally come to the village of Burqa. Decades ago the West Bank hamlet on a hilltop near Nablus lost part of its agricultural grounds when it was confiscated for an Israeli army post, and then later converted into the settlement of Homesh in the 1980s. But in a first in the West Bank, Israel’s high court has restored the former settlement back to the original Palestinian owners.

UK Methodist conference asks – should we support BDS?
The UK Methodist conference is consulting widely about its position on BDS. Respondents are encouraged to complete the consultation using the online form.

Israel denies entry to CPT Team monitoring attacks on Palestinians
A permanent member of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) was refused entry by Israeli forces, and for the first time the Israeli forces cited CPT’s activities as the reason.

Israeli extremists vandalize Christian cemetery in Jerusalem
Suspected Israeli extremists vandalized a Christian cemetery in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan. They destroyed a tombstone and sprayed racist slogans on the outer walls of the Latin Monastery in Silwan.

Israel arrested 10,000 Palestinian children since 2000
The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees said that the Israeli forces arrested 10,000 Palestinian since the outbreak of second Intifada in September 2000. Israel is currently holding 250 children in prisons and detention camps in Israel and in the West Bank.

Israeli forces manhandle EU diplomats, seize West Bank aid
Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished.  A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yank a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents. European countries expressed outrage at the move.
Christian Zionists descend on Jerusalem
More than 6,000 Christian Zionists have returned to Israel for their annul “Feast of Tabernacles Conference.” This is the largest non-Jewish and non-Islamic conference in Jerusalem, and is organized by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ).

above - Jessica Morrison sharing about the PIEN with His Eminence Archbishop of Sebastia Dr Hanna in Melbourne recently

Trips to Palestine

19-28th October: Olive picking with the Joint Advocacy Initiative and the Alternative Tourism Group
Read more

19-25 November: Sabeel Liberation Theology Center Conference
Read more

10-14 March, 2014: Christ at the Checkpoint
Read more

Or go to Palestine in Easter 2014 and be part of the Compass special!

Church events

Brisbane - Morningside Anglican Church Services
5pm, Sunday 12 October
Carole Powell & Bek Christensen sharing experiences as volunteer peacemakers in Palestine
706 Wynnum Road, Morningside

Brisbane - Kenmore/Brookfield Anglican Church
7am and 9am, Sunday 3 November
Susan and Ken Rogers sharing their experiences as EAPPI voluteers
1036 Moggill Rd Kenmore. 

8am, Saturday 2 November
MEN'S BREAKFAST: Rev Ken Rogers sharing his experience in EAPPI
COST $25.00 per head Hot Breakfast
70 Kate Street Indooroopilly
BOOKINGS by Monday 28 October, 2013

Brisbane: Matthew Hale Public Library
Public Lecture: 'ln the Outback and under Occupation - decades of ministry across
Australia and in Palestine'
7.30pm, Tuesday 5 November:
The Blue Room, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, 160 Vulture St. South Brisbane

Shepparton - Spirituality at the Pub
6.30pm, Tuesday 19 November
Jessica Morrison sharing a Palestine 101 and her experiences
Terminus Hotel, Shepparton.

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Australian Christians who seek lasting peace for the people of Palestine and Israel. 

We aim to equip and 
inform Australian churches, inspired by Christ’s vision for universal reconciliation.

Executive Officer
Jessica Morrison 
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