The next week is crucial. This is our chance to tell Australia that we want real peace for Palestine and Israel
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update



Give peace a chance!

PIEN's first webinar:
can you join us?


PIEN management committee member Stewart Mills has been engaged in peace and reconciliation work in Palestine and Israel for over 15 years. In January this year, he was part of a group of 22 Christians and Jews who toured Israel and Palestine together, including community lay and religious leaders from the Uniting Church, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Inner West Chavurah (a local Jewish community group in the inner west of Sydney).
 
The participants found it a "profound, moving and one of the most intense experiences of their lives". They got to hear from over 50 high profile and grass roots speakers representing a wide range of perspectives on the conflict, including:
  • Dr Rami Hamdallah, the Prime Minister of Palestine
  • Mr David Keyes, Spokesperson for the Prime Minister of Israel
  • Dr Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian political leader and presidential candidate
  • Dr Yossi Beilin, one of the architects of the Oslo Accords and a former minister in the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.
Stewart will be speaking at our PIEN "webinar" to take place at 7pm AEDT, on Thursday 23rd March, 2017. The webinar will be a simple format, with Stewart speaking for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a time of discussion and questions. The webinar will conclude by 8pm AEDT.

All PIEN supporters are invited to join us - all you need is a phone!

How do I join in? Toll-free dial in numbers for all states are listed here.

When: 7pm, AEDT, Thursday 23rd March

Presentation: Stewart has prepared a PowerPoint presentation on his trip, which you can download here, if you want to see some of the images he collected on his trip.
 

 

An important response -

saying "No" to Netanyahu


Some key messages were proclaimed in the month of February: messages which exposed the Australian government's one-sided policy towards Israel and messages which proclaimed that Australian people, including church folk, are committed to a bigger picture of justice and peace.

Thanks to the hard work and involvement of so many people in PIEN and other organisations, our voices were heard in public spaces and forums. We were able to challenge the public narrative which pretends that Palestinian human rights don't matter or that Palestinians should be satisfied being second class citizens in an occupied land.

Some of the media highlights were: Apart from mainstream TV, radio and print media, there was also some good coverage in church media, including: Some very important coverage which highlights PIEN's important role - which is why we need you as a member and supporter (see below)
 


Become a member! 

This is the time to stand with those in Palestine and Israel who are seeking a just, sustainable peace. This is also the time to join with others in becoming a financial member and supporter of PIEN.

For a joining fee of $20, as well as any other amount you wish to contribute, you will be standing with others committed to peace and justice in Palestine and Israel. Will you join us?

Follow this simple link to complete your membership application. We look forward to you joining us.

GOULBURN:
 

Behind the News: Palestinian Christians and Theology

St Saviour’s is hosting a short workshop on some insights into Palestinian Theology. The one-hour session will be led by Helen Rainger. Helen and Fred Rainger will have just been to a conference on this theology in Bethlehem. We will gather in the Mary Thomas Room, the smaller hall, at 5.30pm on Friday 31st March. There is an open invitation to dinner at the Goulburn Workers’ Club afterwards. All welcome - please contact PIEN for more details

 

Bethlehem Briefing: Saving the world's oldest Christian community

From Independent Catholic News:

Briefing on Bethlehem for Settlements debate: Saving the world's oldest Christian community

Open Bethlehem is a film and advocacy project that works to bring greater understanding of the challenges that face Bethlehem today with a special focus on the Christian community in Bethlehem, whose numbers are being depleted because of the general instability and political and economic strife in the Palestinian territories. Click here to read the complete article
 

FROM APAN (Australia Palestine Advocacy Network)


EVENTS
Sydney | Melb | Canb | Regional NSW
17-30 March
Palestinian singer Oday Al Khatib in "Sticks and Stones: Road to Jericho"
Performance organised by The Song Company- tickets required

Adelaide
8 April, 6.30pm
Gaza Kitchen comes to Adelaide
Event is ticketed

Perth
6 April, 6.30pm
An evening with Palestinian resistance leader Bassem Tamimi
Uniting Church in the City, Perth

Melbourne
19 March, 7pm
Olive Kids fundraising dinner
tickets required
Docklands

6 April, 6.30pm
Cooking demonstration by Laila El-Haddad
Part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - tickets required
Footscray

Sydney
11 April, 6.30pm
Bassem Tamimi and the fight for justice in Palestine!
University of Sydney

12 April, 6pm
Taste, Struggle and Place: Dinner with Laila el Haddad
Redfern
 

Bethlehem University VC speaks in Australia

Br Peter Bray, the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University recently spoke to meetings auspiced by PIEN in Sydney and Melbourne. Heather Mathew has produced a comprehensive report from the Melbourne meeting. You can read Heather's full report here

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
Tim Budge
0412 051 574 
contact@pien.org.au








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