Get ready for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
The 22nd September starts the World Week Peace in Palestine Israel. A joint initiative between the World Council of Churches and the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum, it invites all churches to engage in prayer, advocacy and action in this week. 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
. We'd love to support any churches that would like to have a speaker during their service, or any other activity such as a film screening.
Come to Canberra in September
On the 11-12 September, the Australian National University will host a two day conference about Palestinian Human Rights. Featuring Sara Roy, Jeff Halper and Richard Falk, it is bound to be an exciting event. Registrations close 28 August. Find out more and register at http://www.humanrightsinpalestine.com/
On the 13 September, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network will host a one day gathering of people engaged in advocacy for Palestine. All are welcome. For more information or to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New paper Christian Zionism: The New Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace by Revd Dr Stephen Sizer
The paper begins with the fact that at least one in four Christians surveyed recently in the USA see it as their biblical responsibility to support Israel. After discussing Christian Zionism and its effects, he concludes by saying "It is my contention after more than 10 years of postgraduate research that Christian Zionism is the largest, most controversial and most destructive lobby within Christianity. It bears primary responsibility for perpetuating tensions in the Middle East, justifying Israel's apartheid colonialist agenda and for undermining the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians". Read article
. Read more of Revd Dr Sizer's work
Israeli Parliament pursuing ‘Prawer Plan’ – displacing Bedouin.
News from Palestine & Israel
This plan has outraged both Israeli and Palestinian communities. The Palestinians held a general strike on the 15 July to protest the plan. Protests continue.
Read UN criticism of plan
Read Kairos Palestine condemnation of plan
Read analysis in The Economist about the political implications of this plan
Peace talks under threat of collapse over settlements row
Israeli authorities approved the construction of a total of more than 2,000 settlement units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the days leading up to Wednesday's scheduled new round of direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Soldiers Bombard Gaza
Israeli military sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force fired, on Wednesday at night, a number of missiles targeted different areas in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli cabinet votes for 90 settlements to receive extra assistance
The Israeli cabinet has included 90 settlements, including 4 former illegal outposts in its list of communities on the National Priority list to receive subsidies.
EU takes tougher stand on Israeli settlements
The European Union has issued a directive that insists all future agreements between the EU and Israel must explicitly exclude Jewish colonies in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.
The water is running out in Gaza: Humanitarian catastrophe looms as territory's only aquifer fails
The Gaza Strip is heading inexorably into a water crisis that the United Nations says could make the Palestinian enclave uninhabitable in just a few years.
Netherlands: Retailers ban goods from settlements
Two of the country's largest retail chains announce they will not sell more products originating beyond the green line.
Top U.S. General: We Pay a Price for Backing Israel
The Jewish Daily Forward
Marine Corps General James Mattis, who retired May 22 as chief of the U.S. Central Command, in charge of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said that resentment of U.S. support for Israel hurts America militarily throughout the region.
Stop judicial 'bullying of Palestinian activists
“They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the Israeli judiciary has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest.”