World Week for Peace, International Speakers in Australia, Anglican Theological Reflection Day, news from Palestine and more!
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update

What is your church doing for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel?

A prayer in your worship on Sunday the 22nd September?  The theme this year is Jerusalem, the City of Justice and Peace.  Resources for the week, including prayers for liturgies are available at the WWPPI website.

Major International speakers in Australia - DON'T MISS OUT!

Canberra: 10 Sept, 6pm, Public reception with Dr Sara Roy, Richard Falk, Prof Jeff Halper ANU Commons Function Centre. Free but bookings required

Melbourne: 16 Sept: Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, public lecture

Melbourne: 19 Sept, Prof Jeff Halper, Melbourne University, public lecture

Sydney: 17 Sept Prof Jeff Halper, public lecture

Sydney: 19 Sept: Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, public lecture $15/$25

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

Theological Reflection Day - Melbourne

10am-4pm, Wednesday October 2
Featuring The Right Rev'd Phillip Huggins; The Ven Dr Richard Condie, Dr Meg Warner and Ms Samah Sabawi.
Organised by the Anglican Melbourne Diocese. All are welcome. $10/$15 including lunch
For bookings or more information contact: jdow@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

Australian EAPPI volunteer currently in Yatta

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

Gatekeepers - movie in cinemas now

This film interviews all surviving heads of Shin Bet (Israeli's security agency).  It gives their very candid and often critical view of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians.  Margaret and David reviewed the film this week and gave it 4 and 4.5 stars each! See trailer and reviews.

Resources

Sailing Through Troubled Waters: Christianity in the Middle East by Mitri Raheb.  This book is a compilation of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb's articles and essays, released on the 25th anniversary of his ordination in the Lutheran Church.  Dr Raheb has served in Palestine since his ordination and played a key role in sharing the situation of Palestinian Christians.

Compilation of Attacks against Christian properties and churches by Israelis, by Jerusalem Inter-Church Center.  Details of the 10 most recent attacks on Christian sites, including on monasteries and graveyards.   No charges for any events appear to have been laid.  Read compilation
 
More Desired than Our Owne Salvation:  The Roots of Christian Zionism, by Robert O. Smith.   This book looks at the history of Christian zionist thought through the West, to today.  See more.

A British response to the Kairos document.  Download Full document


News from Palestine & Israel

EAPPI and CPT human rights observers told to abandon their posts in Hebron
Israeli soldiers tell human rights observers to leave vicinity of Ibrahim Mosque as next step in their attempts to restrict international observers in the area.

Israel shows zero tolerance for peaceful protest
Stun grenade and tear gas were used by Israeli forces on Friday to disperse a peaceful demonstration south of Bethlehem in solidarity with the victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Worshipers tear gassed in Ramallah mosque
Dozens of worshipers were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs into Omar Bin Al-Khattab Mosque.

Israel orders partial demolition of Palestinian school
Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of part of a Palestinian school in East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces expand illegal outpost in Nablus
Israeli bulldozers on Sunday leveled private Palestinian land in Nablus in order to enlarge an illegal settlement outpost. Settlers destroyed dozens of olive trees to illegally establish the outpost.

Dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza
Gaza Action Ireland has expressed growing concern about the dire consequences in Gaza due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, at the border with Egypt.

B'Tselem  reports torture and threats of rape on Palestinian children
Palestinian children are systematically subjected to torture and violence, including threats of rape, by Israeli interrogators, in order to force them to confess to stone-throwing.

Ashrawi says international judicial avenues way to rein in settlements
After Israel announced 942 new units to be built she said "If Israel persists in such policies we will have no other option but to seek recourse to international law and international agencies”.  

Israel levels East Jerusalem land for 'national park'
Israeli bulldozers levelled Palestinian land in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of al-Tur and closed the area of Khallat al-Ein and prevented local residents from accessing the area.

Silent Nakba: Israel’s slow displacement of Palestinian farmers
Many Palestinian Farmers have their land destroyed by the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) or are prohibited from accessing water resources or digging additional wells.

Israel implements new policy, issuing Jerusalem IDs with 10-year expiration dates.
Once implemented collectively, all Palestinian  Jerusalemites who hold permanent residency status will be obligated to go to the Ministry of Interior to renew their IDs upon such expiration.
 

What did candidates say?

Thanks for those who joined the I support Palestine and I vote campaign.  See full list of candidate responses or APAN's summary of political party postions.

Events

Melbourne - talk at Manningham Uniting Church Service
7pm, Sunday 8 September
Jasmine Pilbrow about her time with CPT
Manningham Uniting Church, 152 Andersons Creek Road, Doncaster East

Melbourne - Men's breakfast
7.30am, Saturday 14 September
Ken Rogers sharing about his time with EAPPI
St Alfred's Anglican Church, North Blackburn  Click here to book.

Pt Lonsdale - talk at Queenscliff Uniting Church Service
10am, Sunday 22 September
Jasmine Pilbrow about her time with CPT
Point Lonsdale Uniting Church, Cnr Kirk Road & Winterley Road

Melbourne - Theological Reflection Day on Israel:Palestine
10am-4pm, Wednesday 2 October
Featuring The Right Rev'd Phillip Huggins; The Ven Dr Richard Condie, Dr Meg Warner and Ms Samah Sabawi.
Organised by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. All are welcome. $10/$15, lunch included.
For bookings, more information or promotional material jdow@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

Brisbane - talks at Morningside Anglican Church Services
7am & 8.45am, Sunday 6 October
5pm, Sunday 12 October
Carole Powell & Bek Christensen sharing experiences as volunteer peacemakers in Palestine
706 Wynnum Road, Morningside

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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