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Rethinking Our Coverage of Israel-Palestine: Parody as Activism

 If you’ve ever lived in or known someone who has lived in New York, you know that people who live in New York City avoid Times Square at all costs. Yet on Tuesday morning I found myself climbing out of the subway onto 42nd street at 6:30 in the morning to meet up with some activists from Jewish Voice for Peace.

Coming Up in 2016: Activist Council, GA, A Delegation, and So Much More!

Happy New Year! What a year 2015 was. It would be easy to reflect on the past year and think it was a year of new and big changes for PPF--and it was, with a transition in staff and volunteer leadership and our change in structure, among many other changes. But even amid these changes, 2015 was also a year of deepening our foundational commitments to peacemaking and nonviolence--work that we will continue in this new year and for many years to come.

Bil'in and Nonviolent Resistance by Iyad Burnat

"A quiet, intense man with piercing eyes, enthusiasm for action and a fierce love of family, Iyad Burnat has turned the defense of his little village of Bil'in into an international phenomenon. If Palestinian resistance on the ground has a face, it is his.

Faith, in the Midst of Conflict

On a recent visit to Israel and Palestine, the force of the occupation was in plain sight in many places. One of those involved time spent with members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Beit Jala, where we came face to face with ways in which the occupation challenges their faith. The occupation calls on us all to draw on our faith in ways that will sustain our hope for better times.

Mosaic of Peace Conference

Monday, April 4, 2016 to Saturday, April 16, 2016
Mosaic of Peace 2016
 
The event website has conference details, a sample schedule, and an online application.  
 

Join Hundreds of Presbyterians Who Have Pledged to Act for Justice in Palestine

J. Herbert Nelson reminds us in this video that, as Presbyterians, we are called to act for justice as individuals and as a community as we wait for peace. Will you pledge to boycott Israeli products that are made in the illegal settlements? Together we can work for peace even as we await the Prince of Peace.

Another Son is Killed (A Hymn for Peace)

The following hymn is dedicated to the memory of Shaul Lahav, grandson of Paul and Helen Loeb (members of the church where we were then pastors), who was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces by a Palestinian on November 18, 2003 on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.  See Carolyn Gillette's hymn note for more on this tragic story that inspired this hymn of lament.

One State, Two States: The Goal is Restorative Justice

A conversation concerning the desirability of one or two states for Israel and Palestine must start from clarity as to the goals we seek.  The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship affirms that the outcome must be grounded in Restorative Justice, providing justice for all, Israelis as well as Palestinians, achieved in a context that includes movement towards reconciliation between the parties to the conflict.

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