Kairos advent resources, Arda concludes trip, request for support of EAPPI volunteer & more news and events
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update

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!
 

Resources

Forbidden Pilgrimage: 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

Coming Events


Perth
Sat 1 Nov, 2-4pm

St Martins Uniting Church, Hale Rd, Forrestfield.
Rev Janelle Macgregor, will share about her experiences with Uniting Church Minister's Conference and surrounding tours in Palestine. Info:0427 051 101

Melbourne
Sun 9 Nov, 10am
Run for Palestine

A fun-run/walk sponsored by Australians for Palestine that supports humanitarian efforts in Palestine.  More information and book.

Melbourne
12-24 Nov

Play: Tales of a city by the sea
A Palestinian story of love, separation and beautiful resistance by playwright Samah Sabawi and shown at La Mama theatre.  Get your tickets now.
 

Adelaide
7 November
AFOPA fundraising dinner
Guest  speaker is former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Car.   Book tickets.

 

Trips to Palestine

APAN Study Tour
Jan 2015

10 day trip of Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Read more.

Joint Advocacy Initiative - Olive Planting
Feb 2015.

Help Palestinian farmers and their families plant olive trees in their threatened fields. Read more.

www.pien.org.au
Would you like a speaker for your church or event?  Or would you like some brochures?  We'd love to send you as many copies as you like - contact@pien.org.au




 

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
Jessica Morrison 
0431 519 577 
contact@pien.org.au