Kairos Palestine advent resources
Another Christmas is approaching, and injustice in the land of peace remains rampant.
So says Rifat Kasis in the introduction to the Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert - 62 pages of information and resources for churches wanting to connect the historical as well as historic stories of Bethlehem in this advent period. Download resource (PDF)
Arda is home safe and sound!
Arda is now safely home after her massive 29 day tour in Australia. She spoke directly to over 3,500 people and reached hundreds of thousands through 20 media interviews. We were able to distribute over 2,000 copies of Kairos Palestine at public events, Christian festivals and church synods (she spoke at three!). Thanks all for your generous words and support for her time.
If you didn't catch Arda, or would like to hear more - listen to
Australians serving with EAPPI
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)
is a program of the World Council of Churches and in the last decade has brought 1,500 people to be present in vulnerable communities in the West Bank of Palestine.
Craig Neilson is an Australian currently serving in Jayyus-Tulkarm team, and in January we're hoping that Rev Joan Fisher and Liam Grant will also serve. We invite you to read stories of EA's at the EAPPI blog
or watch Eyewitness
, a powerful 13minute film made by a former EA.
Liam Grant is seeking support for the costs of his placement and we invite you to consider donating to help him get there
: 50 minute documentary by Palestinian filmmaker, as shown on Al Jazeera English.
News from and about Palestine
Ashrawi warns Israel destroying Christian presence in the Holy Land
The Holy Land Ecumenical Forum hosted Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Christian parliamentarian. Read more
PLO to submit UN resolution on occupation by end-Oct
demanding the end of Israel's occupation by 2017. Read more
Spanish parliament set to vote on recognizing the Palestinian state
The Spanish parliament is set to vote on recognizing the Palestinian state. See report
Declaration from Heads of Foreign Affairs of the Anglican and Catholic Churches in the UK: Recognize Palestine
“At a time of great uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa, we hold that it is the reasonable aspiration of all peoples to belong to a state and enjoy the merits of full and active citizenship on their own lands. We equally believe that the right of Palestinians for such statehood has been long overdue.” Read more
UN chief slams Israel settlements, urges peace talks
UN chief Ban Ki-moon slammed Israeli settlement building and warned against "provocations" at Jerusalem's holy sites” Read more
British Parliament votes in favor of Palestinian state recognition
Britain’s House of Commons voted in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state in a move that will not alter the government's stance on the issue, but that carries symbolic value for Palestinians in their pursuit of statehood. Read more