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.
March 2013
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As we participate in Holy Week, let us consider our brothers and sisters in Palestine.  This week a mass arrest of children walking to school in Hebron has shocked many, and the retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem lamented that Christians and Muslims need military permission to pray.  See below for more headlines - as well as new resources and updates on church actions for Palestine.

Meanwhile, back in Australia the Ecumenical Working Group on Palestine Israel is getting ready to re-launch!  In April we'll start a large-scale outreach campaign to churches and Christians around the country, and hope you might join us and share links to our website through your networks.

The first part of our re-launch is that we've shortened and updated our name from the Ecumenical Working Group on Palestine Israel to the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network. 

The second part is that we've been working hard to design a website that can be a great resource for all Christians.  We're still ironing out some formatting issues - but we're offering a sneak peek - any feedback would be great. Take a peek

New Resources


Two highly commendable online theological resources have just been released.  The Kairos Netherlands document is an entry level document to the conflict as well as the theology, and the Anglican document presumes some knowledge and goes into more depth.

The Wall has been broken down, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Light of Christian Faith and International Law, Kairos Palestine Netherlands | Friends of Sabeel Netherlands, 2012 (40 pages)

Land of Promise? An Anglican exploration of Christian attitudes to the Holy Land released by Anglican Communion, 2012 (76 pages)

Other Resources

The American Friends Services Committee (Quakers) have adopted an Israel:Palestine investment screen and instituted a  ‘no buy’ list - both regarding investments and consumer buying.

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights releases film Dead Olives & Settlements: Three Farmers in Abud 6mins) 

See online photo essay on shooting of Palestinian Children by Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Mennonite Central Committee worker in Palestine.

Obama: welcome to Occupied Jerusalem. Infographic about Palestinian human rights violations around Jerusalem.

My Neighbourhood: a Palestinian boys' view of Israeli settlements (video, 26mins).

Church Action On Palestine

The General Secretary of the United Church in Canada writes to Foreign Affairs Minister asking him to have goods from settlements labeled differently than those made in Israel.

Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries Justice and Peace commission writes to U.S. President on status of Palestinian Christians

Headlines from Palestine

shared from the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum – of the World Council of Churches

UNICEF finds Palestinian children mistreated by Israeli military

Palestinians return to their village after 64 years

EU would accept a Palestinian government including Hamas

EU strengthens UNRWA assistance to Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria  

UN agency seeks $300 million to assist Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank

Barack Obama in Israel: US president needs to be more than just a tourist

International bodies call for bolder efforts and progress from Israel

Private entities benefit from settlement business according to UNHRC

Four months after conflict, Gaza mental health in crisis

“State of Palestine” to be used in all UN documents

Palestine refugees in Syria worsening

UNRWA improves access to water in threatened West Bank community

Rachel Corrie’s parents urge action to change US policy in Israel/Palestine on 10th anniversary of her death

Sabeel Global Young Adult Conference - 1-6 July 2013.  Subscribe to Sabeel's weekly wave of prayer from Palestine

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 website, or join our speakers list.  Please contact us at
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