New resources for the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel and two action alerts
Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network - Update

Action Alerts: please sign today!

Please join hundreds of others in writing emails to Australia's Foreign Minister and asking her to help save Susiya.

Please also join the AVAAZ international campaign calling on World leaders to End the Blockade on Gaza.
 

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 20-26 September "God has broken down the dividing walls"

Each year the World Council of Churches encourages prayer and action for peace in this week.  Wonderful worship and educational resources are available - please make them part of your church events that week. 

 

News from and about Palestine

Palestinian Christians Clash with Police over Apartheid Wall
The three Roman Catholic priests tried to pray among olive trees that bulldozers and mechanical diggers were seeking to uproot but were stopped by police.

One demonstrator was arrested as he tried to plant an olive sapling in front of the excavators.
 
Extremist Jewish group wants churches in Israel destroyed
The leader of a Jewish extremist group has been questioned by police after publicly advocating the destruction of Christian churches in Israel on religious grounds.

Benzi Gopstein, head of Lehava - a far-Right organisation - was summoned to Israel's national police headquarters in Jerusalem after the Vatican called for him to be prosecuted and his group outlawed over recent comments. Mr Gopstein claimed that attacks on Christian churches were permissible under an edict ascribed to a 12th century Jewish philosopher.

He argued that churches had "no place" in Israel under Jewish law.

Israel wrecked my home. Now it wants my land
The world is watching Susiya to see if Israel will demolish the community of 340 Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills….Living under the threat of demolition is a horrible experience. The Palestinians of Susiya probably feel disoriented, unstable and scared that their way of life could be dismantled at any minute. I know, because I am in a similar situation. In my neighborhood, the destruction has already started.

Palestinian stone throwers face up to 20 years in jail
The Israeli parliament has approved a law that imposes up to 20 years in prison on people convicted of throwing rocks at moving vehicles, drawing condemnation from Palestinian activists and officials. 
 
Israeli settlers kill Palestinian toddler and his father in arson attack
Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian toddler and injured four others after setting their home ablaze near Nablus in the occupied West Bank in what the Israeli leadership called an act of terrorism.  The toddler’s father died in hospital a week later from his injuries.

Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed Allan tests Israel's new force-feeding law
A Palestinian man under Israeli administrative detention slipped into a coma, with doctors vowing to refuse to force-feed him.  He was cleared for released last week when the Israeli Supreme Court said his health had so deteriorated during his fast that he no longer posed a threat (read more)
 

Rivlin: Israel has 'right' to settle in West Bank

President Reuven Rivlin said during talks with settler leaders on Monday that Israel had a “right” to build settlements in the West Bank, his office said in a statement.
 
 
 


Upcoming events

Adelaide:
Edward Said Memorial Lecture:
Dr Salam Fayyad

5 Sept, 5pm
Elder Hall, University of Sth Australia

Brisbane:
Fundraising Concert for Gaza
29 August, 7pm
Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary St, West End.
$25/$20 - including dinner
Monies raised go to APEHDA - Union Aid Abroad

Ghada Karmi book launch
4 Sept, 6pm
Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End

Canberra:

National Press Club Address: Dr Salam Fayyad
National Press Club Address: Dr Salam Fayyad
8 Sept, 12pm

Ghada Karmi book launch
Return: A Palestinian Memoir

6 Sept, 3pm
Paperchain bookstore, 34 Franklin Street in Manuka, ACT

Melbourne:

Ghada Karmi at the Melbourne Writer's Festival
28 & 29 August
Federation Square

APAN Annual Dinner
25 October, 6.30pm
Brunswick.

Run for Palestine
Sun 8 November
Join the fourth annual fun-run organised by Australians for Palestine.

Sydney:
Gharda Karmi public talk
2 Sept, 6 for 6.30pm
Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street Sydney

 

Trips to Palestine

APAN Study Tour
January 2016.
Lebanon, West Bank, Jordan and Gaza: "intense, extraordinary and a life-changing experience".

Alternative Tourism Group - Olive Picking Program
10-19 October 2015
Olive Picking Program, 10-19 October 2015, in Palestine. Registration available online

Young Adults tour to Palestine & Israel - with Bek Christensen and Rev Jenni Hughe
9-27 April, 2016

Christ at the Checkpoint Conference
Bethlehem Bible College
March 7-10, 2016

Young Adults pilgrimage - with University of Western Australia chaplains
Nov 28-Dec 14 2015
 

Do you want a speaker/preacher?

PIEN has details of people all around Australia who have had powerful first hand experiences in the West Bank and Gaza.  We particularly recommend speakers who have served with the World Council of Churches'- EAPPI - the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel. Email Jessica at contact@pien.org.au to talk about possibilities.

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