October 20, 2013
This newsletter seeks to connect and inform the global community of Kairos supporters about our latest initiatives, gatherings, and progress. It is an opportunity to reach out to friends of Kairos Palestine around the world: to share reflections, struggles, successes, plans for the future, and news of our work on the ground.
If you are a Palestinian Christian and you would like to become a signatory of the 'Moment of Truth' document or as a non-a Palestinian or Christian, you support this document, please find link here here.
Kairos Palestine is a group of Palestine Christians who authored “A Moment of Truth” – Christian Palestinian’s word to the world about the occupation of Palestine, an expression “of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering”, and a call for solidarity in ending over six decades of oppression. The document was published in December 2009.
Kairos National Activities:
- On the 3rd of October 2013, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Nora Carmi and Yasmine Khoury met with a group of Brazilian landless workers Movement MST ( the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra) to speak about Kairos Palestine and the overall situation in Palestine with a special focus on land and agriculture.
- On the 3rd of October 2013, Fr. Jamal Khader and Yusef Daher representing Kairos Palestine met with Church Leaders from CMEP (Churches for Middle East Peace) along with other organizations to update them about the situation in Palestine.
- On the 4th of October 2013, Nora Carmi spoke to Christians Aware British group led by Rev. Andrew Ashdown about Kairos Palestine and the International Kairos for Global Justice movement. Commending the launch of the British document: A time for Action.
- On the 5th of October 2013, Fr. Jamal Khader spoke to Swedish delegates from Church of Sweden in Uppsala about the theological perspective of Kairos Palestine.
- On the 7th of October 2013, Nidal AbuZuluf spoke to a Swedish group from Sollentuna about Kairos Palestine.
- On the 9th of October 2013 , Nora Carmi met with Bernard Flichy, former EAPPI and Secours Catholique Leader to promote Come and See in France.
- On the 10th of October 2013, Nora Carmi met with representative leaders of the Mennonite Central Committee in USA and Europe to promote the concept of Kairos in the church circles.
- On the 11th of October Yasmine Khoury and Nora Carmi held a preparatory local women’s meeting to discuss an upcoming workshop to deal with challenges and responsibilities of the Palestinian woman.
- On the 18th of October 2013, Fr. Jamal Khader, Nora Carmi, Martha Tonsern and Yasmine Khoury met with Steve Hucklesby and David Wildman from the UMC (United Methodist Church) in the UK and USA respectively and discussed the concept of BDS movement as a non-violent tool of resistance and the way forward.
- On the 21st of October 2013, Fr. Jamal spoke to a group of Dutch study tour led by Meta floor about Kairos Palestine document.
- On 22nd of October 2013, Nora Carmi met with members of an MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) from the USA and Canada and spoke about Kairos Palestine and responsibilities of peace-building.
- On the 23rd of October 2013, Rifat Kassis and Martha Tonsern spoke to a group from town twinning association Cologne-Bethlehem about Kairos Palestine movement.
- On the 23rd of October 2013, Nora Carmi met with Dutch researcher Gied ten Berge to discuss the Theology of Pilgrimage that the latter is working on.
- On the 25th of October 2013, Rifat Kassis met with a representative from HEKS, a Swiss ecumenical organization to discuss ways to connect Kairos Palestine in Switzerland.
Kairos International Activities:
- Between the 4th till the 20th of October 2013, Rifat Kassis was on a trip to USA. He had met with different groups there and held lectures in different universities, community centers and churches. Some of them were on Kairos Palestine.
- On the 5th of October 2013, Rifat Kassis attended the conference "A Wide Tent for Justice: Next Steps for Peace in Palestine/Israel", held by the Friends of Sabeel in Chicago, USA. He gave a presentation on the violation against Palestinian children committed by the Israeli authorities.
- On the 5th of October 2013, Rifat Kassis met Mr. Mark Braverman the executive director of Kairos USA and briefed him about the political development in Palestine and the new initiative of Kairos Palestine to establish a new mechanism to improve the communication and coordination on the international level and to strengthen the Global Kairos for Justice movement.