Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network
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.
May 2013
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We are just finalising a new logo and brochure to get ready to launch next month.  We hope you might join with us in this re-launch as we seek to engage Christians all around Australia on the issues effecting Palestinians and Israelis.

As we send this e-mail there is news coming in about increasing 'price tag' attacks - in the last fortnight there has been vandalism of an Abbey in Jerusalem, and Christian graves in Jaffa.  The Israeli Government is reporting that these are two of 165 'price tag' attacks this year, and the UN reports that 1,000 olive trees were damaged just last week.  It is a difficult time to be in Palestine.

In this context, it is exciting that Carole Powell - Australia's first ever Christian Peacemaker Team team member is on the ground in Hebron.  To hear about her travels - please visit her blog - and send her a message of encouragement.

See below a couple of new great resources, as well as some headlines from Palestine.

New Resources

YWCA report on access to worship - we need a permit to pray! Read article

Teaser - living stones  The Stones Cry Out: The Story of the Palestinian Christians. Watch teaser for video

Headlines from Palestine

Heads of churches response to brutality on Eater Saturday Read article

St Yves, of the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem signs a statement about the 65th anniversary of Al Nakba.  Read statement

B'Tselem report shows 80% casualities in last days of Operation pillar of defence, and majority were not involved in hostilities. Read report.

Israel to build 1,100 new settler homes in East Jerusalem    Read article.

Melbourne event:

Adventure before Dementia: Pensioners in Palestine
Ken and Susan Rogers will tell the story of their three months in Palestine /Israel with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine Israel.
Sunday 23rd June 2 pm in Room 2, St. Alfred’s Anglican Church, Blackburn North  RSVP:

Want to go to Palestine??

Sabeel Global Young Adult Conference - 1-6 July 2013.

Jerusalem Inter-church centre pilgrimage for the World Week for Peace in September

Invite speaker to share experiences from Palestine

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network has a list of Australians who have traveled to Palestine and are willing to share their experiences with groups around the country.  There are four people who have just returned home from Palestine - two from a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation, and another couple who volunteered with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine Israel (with World Council of Churches).  Contact to arrange a speaker to come to your church or group.

Join our work

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network is inviting anyone to be part of our work on Palestine.  You can join our phone meetings, contribute ideas for our work, or join our speakers list.  Please contact us at
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