Some great resources from Palestine for Easter and other news snippets
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update

EAPPI Australia training 29 May -1 June - PLEASE PROMOTE!

EAPPI Australia is offering a four-day intensive training for people interested in becoming an Ecumenical Accompanier - volunteering for 3months in the West Bank with this World Council of Churches program.  Training is FREE - and offered just out of Melbourne.  Read moreDownload flier.
 

Report: Easter access to worship 2014

EAPPI and the Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre (JIC) issued a combined report attesting to the restrictions and limitations to worship in Jerusalem in 2024.  While a report about challenges, it points to a persistent hope in peace and perseverance. Read report - download and share it!

Analysis of breakdown of 'peace talks'

An analysis of the peace negotiations by APAN President Bishop Browning was featured as an Opinion Piece in The Australian in early April.  Since the announcement of the breakdown of the talks, APAN executive member Prof Bassam Dally wrote a further piece, published in Online Opinion.   We also recommend the following article: Khalidi: It’s time for Palestinians ‘to get off their knees’ and turn to Europe and ICC.

 

News about Palestine & Israel

Video of Israeli soldier aiming loaded gun at 15yr old set off social media storm
This video recorded in Hebron  has set off a firestorm of protest by soldiers in the Israeli military. The video shows a soldier brandishing and aiming a loaded weapon at a boy who was clearly was not a danger to him.  See report of situation including video.

Netanyahu’s ‘Jewish state’ law angers Arab Israelis
Israel’s Arab minority have rejected Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to forefront legislation defining Israel as “the nation state of the Jewish people”. Arab Israelis argue that =, when approved, they will face institutionalized discrimination. Liberal Israeli Jews also oppose Mr Netanyahu’s plans based on their conviction that this “constitutional anchor for Israel’s status as the nation state of the Jewish people” is “undemocratic”.  For more

Israel holding 9 Palestinian legislators without charge or trial
Israel has placed in administrative detention nine legislators belonging to the Change and Reform list, which won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council in elections held in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2006.  Read more.

Mapping Exile and Return of Palestinian Christians
In this book American Mennonite theologian and aid worker Alain Epp Weaver explores a legacy of Palestinian Christian exile, and struggle for return. The book’s terrain ranges from the ethnically-cleansed villages of the Galilee to the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Read review

Ensuring "just peace" in occupied Palestinian territory
APRODEV and CIDSE, two church-related organizations, have condemned in a recent statement the forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank, which they say is "uprooting any chance of a just peace". They urge the European Union (EU) to address systematically issues of property destruction and forced displacements, to protect the rights of Palestinians. This stance is endorsed by the World Council of Churches (WCC).  Read more.

Kerry Warns Israel Could Become 'An Apartheid State"
The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn't make peace soon, it could become 'an apartheid state,' like the old South Africa. Jewish leaders are fuming over the comparison. Read more

Some Christians choosing to join Israeli forces
This article tells the story of the minority of Arab Israeli Christians who are choosing to join the Israeli army. Read more

Christian leaders tell youth to 'tear up' Israel army forms
Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna and former Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah urged Christian youth not to enlist in the Israeli military and to ignore Israeli "propaganda" encouraging them to do so. Read more.

Druze youth becomes seventh time a prisoner of conscience
Omar Sa'ad has been incarcerated for a seventh time, this time for 40 days. Omar is not backing down from his original statement and his refusal to serve in Israel's military. Omar Sa’ad’s statement

Human Rights Watch calls on Israel to stop shooting at Gaza civilians  
Israel must stop shooting at Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch demanded. Human Rights Watch has called for Israel’s militia to stop shooting at Palestine civilians in Gaza, citing the shooting of civilians including a disabled woman and a high school student having a picnic. There have been 4 deaths and some 60 injuries since the beginning of this year based on UN statistics For more

Coming Events

Perth:
5.30pm, Friday May 16
 
Adelaide:
Vigil for Al Nakba
Evening,15 May
Venue and time TBA by AFOPA

Sydney:
Remembering Al Nakba in film
2pm, 4pm and 6.30pm, Sunday May 17th
Dendy Cinema, Newtown

Festival of Friendship
12pm-8pm, Saturday June 21
Leichardt Town Hall

Melbourne:
Al Nakba Commemoration - Candlelight vigil & speakout
5.30pm, Friday May 15
State Library,  Melbourne

Aust premiere of Film: My Love Awaits Me By The Sea
5.30pm, Monday 19 May
ACMI Cinemas in Fed Square.


Trips to Palestine

APAN Study Tours - August & November 2014.  10 day trip of Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Read more.

 

Anytime May-August 2014
Holy Land Trust Palestine Summer Encounter - to live and work in Palestine.  Read more.

3-18 August 2014, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - rebuilding camp
Join with Palestinians and Israelis who refuse to be enemies in a powerful act of non-violent resistance in rebuilding a Palestinian home.   Participate in an extensive educational program including field trips to both sides of the divide. Read more.

www.pien.org.au
Would you like a speaker for your church or event?  Or would you like some brochures?  We'd love to send you as many copies as you like - contact@pien.org.au
 

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.

www.pien.org.au

Executive Officer
Jessica Morrison 
0431 519 577 
contact@pien.org.au