News from Palestine and Israel
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
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2 November, Edward Said Memorial Lecture with Dr Mustafa Barghouthi,
3 November, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi @ Festival of Dangerous Ideas
4 November, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, public lecture
5 November, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, public lecture, details TBA
10 November, 10am, Run for Palestine
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
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 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?
for more or feel free to call Jessica on 0431 519 577 to discuss
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).