New resources for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel and two action alerts
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update

Action Alert: please sign today!

Please join the Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre's petition to stop Israel's wall cutting through the Cremisan Valley. Sign petition.
 

Bethlehem Bible College founder in Australia

Bishara 2

Dr Bishara Awad, founder of the Bethlehem Bible College has just arrived in Australia and has a speaking tour stretching across Victoria, South Australia and NSW.  
Click here for full events listings.

 

Letter of love and solidarity to Palestinian Christians from Asia to Palestine

In partnership with the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Foundation and other organisations around Asia, PIEN was pleased to gather signatories for a letter of love solidarity to Palestinian Christians.  The letter was signed by PIEN, Pax Christi, the Uniting Church of Australia, and three Ecumenical Councils.


 

Catch up with last month's visitors from Palestine

Former Palestinian PM Dr Salam Fayyad
Interview on Radio National and National Press Club Address

Dr Gharda Karmi
Melbourne Writers Festival
 


News from and about Palestine

Partnering with Palestinians
Article in the Uniting Church magazine Crosslight about Rev Joan Fisher's time in Palestine with EAPPI.

Christians in Israel threaten to close churches
Arab Christians in Palestine have threatened to close their churches in retaliation for Israel’s cutting of the budget allocated to community faith schools, which forced these schools to shut down as a result of their inability to continue providing their educational services.

Clashes in Al-Aqsa compound sparks tensions
Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli police who stormed Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound...Muslims fear Israel will seek to change rules governing the compound, which is located in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.

Palestinian flag raised at the UN as Abbas addresses the UN
The Palestinian flag was raised in the UN today for the first time, following a recent General Assembly resolution giving authorisation.  Abbas's speech at the UN declared that Palestine can not be bound by the Oslo agreements and that Israel must abide by its obligations as an occupying power.

Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.
The New York Times
ON July 31, in the West Bank village of Duma, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive in a fire. All available evidence suggests that the blaze was a deliberate act of settler terrorism. More disturbingly, several of the alleged instigators, currently being detained indefinitely, are not native-born Israelis — they have American roots.
 
Israel steps up efforts to expel Area C Palestinian communities
B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories 
The extensive demolitions are part of Israel’s overall policy toward Area C – which comprises 60% of the West Bank – based on its perception of Area C as meant primarily to serve Israeli needs. 
 
Most Palestinians Now Oppose Two-state Solution, New Research Reveals
Haaretz
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed (65 percent) said they did not believe the two-state solution was any longer practical because of Israel's settlement expansion in the West Bank. 

East Jerusalem streets given Hebrew names amid tensions
+972 Magazine
The move is part and parcel of efforts to ‘Judaize’ the eastern half of the city, which Palestine claims as its future capital. 

After Arson Murders, West Bank Village Waits in Vain for Justice
Forward
The conviction among Palestinians and among Israeli critics of the occupation that there is a dual system of justice in the West Bank was reinforced by comments reportedly made September 10 by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Security officials, he told a closed meeting of Likud activists, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz, know exactly who committed the arson killings in Duma. But they will not indict the perpetrators because of the need to “protect” intelligence sources. 
 
 


Upcoming events


4-13 Oct: Syd-Canberra
Walk for Palestinian Recognition
Meet John Salisbury at the Sydney Opera House at 9am Sunday as he begins a walk to Canberra for Palestinian recognition.  Or join some of his walk.

2-18 October:
Dr Bishara Awad speaking tour
VIC, SA, NSW
Dr Awad is the Founder Bethlehem Bible College

Melbourne
25 October

APAN AGM and Annual Dinner
RSVP to AGM
Book tickets to dinner

8 November
Run for Palestine
Family day with run/walk and entertainment, from Australians for Palestine.

Canberra:
6-7 October

The role of international law in the relationship between Israel and Palestine
Masterclass, Seminar and film screening of The Law in these Parts
ANU, Canberra

Sydney:
22 October

Film Screening: Roadmap to Apartheid
Addison Road Cty Centre, booking includes dinner options

Melbourne
25 October

APAN AGM and Annual Dinner
RSVP to AGM
Book tickets to dinner

8 November
Run for Palestine
Family day with run/walk and entertainment, from Australians for Palestine.
 

Trips to Palestine

APAN Study Tour
January 2016.
Lebanon, West Bank, Jordan and Gaza: "intense, extraordinary and a life-changing experience".

Young Adults tour to Palestine & Israel - with Bek Christensen and Rev Jenni Hughe
9-27 April, 2016

Christ at the Checkpoint Conference
Bethlehem Bible College
March 7-10, 2016

Young Adults pilgrimage - with University of Western Australia chaplains
Nov 28-Dec 14 2015
 

Do you want a speaker/preacher?

PIEN has details of people all around Australia who have had powerful first hand experiences in the West Bank and Gaza.  We particularly recommend speakers who have served with the World Council of Churches'- EAPPI - the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel. Email Jessica at contact@pien.org.au to talk about possibilities.

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