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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Prophetic Church is moving forward!

The past weeks haven been weeks of a lot of lobbying and advocating all around the world. Kairos Palestine is proud and thankful of its partners all around the world, who share our Call for a Just Peace and creative resistance against the illegal Israeli occupation. Clearly, the ongoing achievements of the worldwide Christian movement for Palestine can be seen as a success in countering increasing hegemonic and heavily biased narratives and attacks from the Israeli government and its worldwide lobby institutions. The BDS-resolutions in so many churches clearly give a signal to the world, that it is not right, neither morally nor legally, to occupy land and oppress the people living in it. With concrete actions like that of the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Universalists or the UCC South Africa and the Quakers, Baptists and United Church of Christ last year, we show the world that we all have a responsibility to work and campaign for justice and peace, not only in Palestine, but everywhere where life in dignity is endangered!

Read more: The Prophetic Church is moving forward!

The Road towards a Just Peace? - A letter from Kairos Sweden

The Kairos Palestine document, a theological-political analysis of Palestinian Christians of their situation and a cry for solidarity from the churches of the world, contains a double-strategy which is a special contribution from the churches to the economic advocacy work for a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

Read more: The Road towards a Just Peace? - A letter from Kairos Sweden

Ecumenical Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem

Palestinians from the Westbank are banned from entering Jerusalem during the Holy Week, including Good Friday. We are very sorry for all who could not come to our Prayer for Peace, the launching event for this years Easter Alert. We were thinking of you and want to share some pictures! Patriarch emerit. Michel Sabbah during his homily: Jesus told us, "In the world you will have hardship; but be courageous. I have conquered the world" (Jn16: 33). We pray and we believe that God will hear us, and He will triumph upon evil.

Read more: Ecumenical Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem

Kairos Palestine joins the Lent Campaign by the World Council of Churches on the issue of Water

As part of the World Council of Churches campaign – Thirst for Justice, Kairos Palestine has contributed in writing a piece that reflects the Kairos spirit and perspective on this issue.

Read more: Kairos Palestine joins the Lent Campaign by the World Council of Churches on the issue of Water

Kairos mourns the loss of Dr. Geries Khoury

May God bless his soul. Kairos Palestine is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its authors and a pillar in Interfaith relations. Born in Fassouta (in the Upper Galilee), Israel in 1952, Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theology, he served as the director of Al Liqa Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land. At present, he was also Dean of the Theological Department at Mar Elias Educational Institutions. Dr. Geries Khoury passed away Wednesday, 03. February 2016 during a visit to the Vatican in Rome. Our hearts and blessings are with his family. May he rest in peace.

The situation of Christians in the Middle Eastern Crisis - Clergy workshop by Kairos Palestine and Sabeel

On January 20, 2016 Kairos Palestine in joint collaboration with Sabeel has held a Clergy Seminar in Tabgha – Tiberias under the title 'Towards developing a Palestinian-Christian Ecumenical Discourse’ in the spirit of the Kairos Palestine Document.

Read more: The situation of Christians in the Middle Eastern Crisis - Clergy workshop by Kairos Palestine...

Kairos News: Bishop Atallah

Over the past weekend, many friends expressed concern and condemnation  over the detention of  Palestinian Archbishop Theodosios Attallah Hanna. His Eminence is fully aware of the risks incurred as he continues to resist the occupation and aggression of his people, but insists on living his Kairos calling

Read more: Kairos News: Bishop Atallah

Open Letter of Bishop Desmond Tutu to Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentage.

May 30, 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ I send very warm greetings from Cape Town to you all. Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag is a special organization that occupies a special place in this old man’s heart. It has played an exemplary and prophetic role in gently nudging modern Germany, with its powerful economy, towards using its power actively and compassionately for justice. I remember how, in the 1980s, you struggled with your consciences over taking “a clear stand” against apartheid – and ultimately acted on your impulse to do the right thing, closing your accounts at Deutsche Bank over its dealings with South Africa. Thank you.

Read more: Open Letter of Bishop Desmond Tutu to Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentage.

Kairos Palestine call on South African Churches to join Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW)

We, members of the Kairos Palestine Movement, write from Palestine to express our thanks and appreciation for your solidarity, and the solidarity of all South Africans, with our people, with our struggle, with our quest for liberation and freedom. We follow all solidarity initiatives conducted by our sisters and brothers in South Africa with great admiration and inspiration.

Read more: Kairos Palestine call on South African Churches to join Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW)

Kairos Palestine’s document “A Moment of Truth”: Hopes, aspirations, impact; by Sandra Cox

An influential document full of hopes and aspirations, having received worldwide acclaim for highlighting the struggle of Palestinians against oppressive Israeli occupation, continues to seek a future after its fifth anniversary was celebrated in December last year.

When Kairos Palestine’s A Moment of Truth: A word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestine suffering was issued in 2009, it was the first time lay people, churches of various denominations and Palestinian Christians had spoken with a single voice on the Palestine-Israel situation. What started as a local ecumenical document soon became an international movement.

A Moment of Truth is a call to people of faith and other “peace-builders” to help end Israeli occupation by standing with the Palestinian people who, it says, have suffered oppression, displacement and “clear apartheid” for more than six decades. The effort was inspired by the “Kairos Document” of 1985, a theological statement issued by South African theologians and other church leaders on the crisis they faced in the final years of their nation’s apartheid era.

The text from Kairos Palestine sets out to counter theology that justifies occupation and distorts the word of God. It calls for nonviolent resistance by promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, moves that it describes as an effort to avoid “repaying evil with evil”. It encourages a responsible and just pilgrimage to Palestinian as well as Israeli territories, and warns against illegal measures in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and occupied territories, such as land confiscation, new settlements, home demolition and movement control.

Read more: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/kairos-palestine2019s-docu...

 

Seven things you never knew about Palestine

December 01, 2014

Kairos Palestine-co-author Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb presents seven things you never knew about Palestine and the Palestinian Christians at the Greenbelt Festival in 2014.

An important visit of The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

November 10, 2014

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, including Bishop Munib Younan, have visited the Islamic Waqf and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to show the solidarity of the churches and Christianity with Islam here in the Holy Land. (Photo by Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land)

Kairos Palestine committee meeting

On the 7th of November 2014, Kairos Palestine committee met to discuss the celebration of the 5th Anniversary and the International conference  entitled " Life with Dignity" that will take place in Bethlehem from the 2nd till 4th of December 2014. The committee ensured the continuity and the  role of Kairos Palestine in promoting a just peace.  

Challenges and Responsibilities of Palestinian women today

Kairos Palestine organized its second seminar in the series of Kairos: Challenges and Responsibilities of Palestinian women today. The format adopted was open dialogue with Minister of Women’s Affairs Rabiha Diab, Mayor Vera Baboun, Dima Samman, The Higher Education Ministry, May Amireh, Head of the YWCA Vocational School and Suraida Hassan General Coordinator of the Technical Affairs Committee. Topics pertained to the present status of women and current laws ensuring rights, the flaws and challenges of education in a pluralistic society and the concept of true citizenship. About 30 participants gained deeper insight about the importance of individual and communal active participation in the building of a nation. The road is long but possible.

Women and the Boycott campaign

Yasmine Khoury and Nora Carmi led a bus load of women from Wiam, Arab Educational Institute and Dar a Nadwa on a field trip to Birzeit where they listened to Dr.Samia Butmeh’s lecture on”Women and the Boycott campaign. At the Roman Catholic Parish, they were received by Father Louis Hazboun and groups of women from St. Vincent of Paul and The Committee for the Elderly. Several people signed the Kairos Document before taking a quick but meaningful tour in the three museums established at the Convent. There was much exchange and laughter over lunch before touring the old city and participating in the opening of the annual Rozana Festival.

Nora Carmi in Canada

Between 8th- 20th May 2014, Nora Carmi was in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada upon the invitation of Canadian Friends of Sabeel and the Women Missionary Society (Presbyterian Women).  She updated the Kairos Ecumenical Forum on the political and church developments in Palestine with a special focus on the local and international challenges and responsibilities of Kairos Palestine.

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invited member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together  during 21-27 September 2014, for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. The theme of the week  was “ Let my people go!”

Church of Sweden appreciates Swedens government’s recognition of Palestine:

October 06, 2014

Church of Sweden appreciates government’s recognition of Palestine: Erik Lysén, head of the international policy unit at the Church of Sweden, a member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has called the recognition of Palestine an important step towards the peace process.

Read more: http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/svenska_kyrkan/pressreleases/recognition-of...

 

Orthodox Patriarchate Denounces Israeli Attempts To Fragment Palestinians

Father Issa Musleh, spokesperson of the Christian Orthodox Church in occupied Jerusalem, said the Israeli law is the true form of “divide and conquer”, adding that it is part of many Israeli attempts which have been rejected by the Church. An example of this is the draft law to recruit Arab Palestinian Christians in Israel, to join the Israeli military, as part of the attempts to create internal tension and divisions among Palestinian Christians themselves, and to create conflicts between Muslim and Christian Arabs and Palestinians.

Read more: http://www.imemc.org/index.php/69248?redirect=article/69248

 

 

 

Who are the Christians of the Middle East?

September 19, 2014

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A Petition to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches has initiated a petition to be presented to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling for justice for Palestinians illegally imprisoned in Israeli jails:

Read more: A Petition to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Four Years of Kairos Palestine

September 12, 2014

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Letter of Gratitude and Support to the Presbyterian Church, by NCCOP and Kairos Palestine

On behalf of all Christians in Palestine, we wish to extend our warmest gratitude and solidarity for your decision to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, three companies that profit from Israel’s illegal military occupation.Your resolution on this matter is thoughtful, thorough, and well-reasoned, born of many deep discussions and debates with your constituencies and with the companies themselves.

Read more: Letter of Gratitude and Support to the Presbyterian Church, by NCCOP and Kairos Palestine

Swiss Kairos Palestine Petition

On July 3rd, 2014, the Swiss Kairos Palestine - petition was officially presented to the church leaders in Switzerland at the event "Thousand voices for Palestine". The presentation took place in Bern, Rifat Kassis and Martha Tonsern from Bethlehem were attending.

Human rights orgs condemn collective punishment of Palestinians in response to disappearance of three Israeli settlers

The following statement was released by the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) a coalition comprised of the Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, Aldameer Association for Human Rights, Al Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Defence for Children International – Palestine Section, Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, Hurryyat – Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights, Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

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Name Israel an “apartheid state” and divest, Tutu tells US Presbyterians

As the Presbyterian Church USA holds its 2014 general assembly in Detroit from 14-21 June, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has issued this call on delegates to vote in favor of divestment from companies that assist “apartheid” Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people:

Read more: Name Israel an “apartheid state” and divest, Tutu tells US Presbyterians

Jerusalem church defaced in latest hate crime attack

May 09, 2014
'Price tag, King David is for the Jews, Jesus is garbage' graffiti found on wall adjacent to Roman Church, just a day after Vatican urges Israel to secure Christian sites.

Read more: Jerusalem church defaced in latest hate crime attack

Palestinian Prisoners Day: A call to churches worldwide to pray and act for justice

As the international community observes Palestinian Prisoners Day on 17 April, the World Council of Churches resolutely confirms our solidarity with the nearly 5000 Palestinian men, women and children languishing in Israeli prisons. As people of faith, we are called to pray for, visit and tend to the needs of all prisoners, no matter the reason for their detention. For Israel and Palestine, prisoners have taken on even greater significance than in the past.

Read more: Palestinian Prisoners Day: A call to churches worldwide to pray and act for justice

Jerusalem: The city we love most and visit least

Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, "Listen, we're going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true." Then Jesus had his disciples bring him a colt, and they threw their cloaks over it for him to ride. The news of his arrival rippled through the city, and crowds poured out onto the road to see him.

Read more: Jerusalem: The city we love most and visit least

New law draws line between Palestinian Christians and Muslims in Israel

On Monday, February 24th, Israel’s Knesset passed a controversial new bill that will create a legal distinction between Muslim and Christian Arabs, categorizing them as “non-Arabs,” a separate minority, writes Claire Matsunami for Palestine Monitor.

Read more: New law draws line between Palestinian Christians and Muslims in Israel

Kairos Palestine attending the WCC-General Assembly in Korea

October 31, 2013

Between 28th of October and 8th of November 2013, Kairos Palestine under the umbrella of National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) participates at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly. This year, the theme of the assembly is “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”. Kairos Palestine is part of the Palestinian Christian booth at the Madang. Come to visit us!

Call for peace and justice in the Middle East region

August 31, 2013
A call for action for peace and justice in the Middle East, issued by the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), on behalf of the two organizations: East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine.

Read more: Call for peace and justice in the Middle East region

Attacks against Christian properties and churches by Israelis

August 22, 2013
By Jerusalem Inter-Church Centre

Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custodian of the Holy Land and head of the Franciscan Order in Israel, wrote a letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres, published by Haaretz on 27 February 2013, asking him to intervene in to stop incidents of vandalism against Christians in Jerusalem.

Read more: Attacks against Christian properties and churches by Israelis

Will Israeli-Palestinian negotiations get my family back home?

August 16, 2013
By Suheir Azzouni for The Oslo Times

Last month, my family and I went back home to Palestine for summer vacation. Five days into the vacation, the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MoI) handed us documents expelling us from our country, leaving us to face statelessness and exile.

Read more: Will Israeli-Palestinian negotiations get my family back home?

Britain and the Palestinian Christians

August 16, 2013
Written by: Mohammed Al-Sammak; translated by: Khalil J. Fawadleh

In her book entitled Prophecy and Politics: The Secret Alliance Between Israel and the U.S. Christian Right, the American writer, Grace Halsell, who used to write the political speeches for the late US President Lyndon Johnson, recounts the story of her visit to the Palestinian city of Nazareth – a visit she made along with a delegation of American Christians who made a tour of holy Christian places in Israel.

Read more: Britain and the Palestinian Christians

4 conferences vote to divest funds - Target companies supporting Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory

July 01, 2013
Four United Methodist conferences (New England, Minnesota, Pacific Northwest and Upper New York) voted this month to divest or have their funds divested from companies involved with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. They join five other conferences (West Ohio, New York, Northern Illinois, California Nevada and California Pacific) that had already taken similar action.

Read more: 4 conferences vote to divest funds - Target companies supporting Israel’s occupation of...

National conference focuses on West Bank boycott efforts

June 10, 2013
By Asa Winstanley for The Electronic Intifada

Reports on Saturday’s fourth national Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference in Bethlehem tended to focus on the shaming of Palestinian Authority minister Jawad Naji (including my own initial one). But the conference itself was a bigger story.

Read more: National conference focuses on West Bank boycott efforts

Is This the Best that Christianity Can Do?

May 20, 2013

By Stuart Littlewood for Salem-News.com

(LONDON) - While the Jewish State was putting its finishing touches to Operation Cast Lead (the horrific blitzkrieg launched over Christmas-New Year 2008/9 against Gaza's civilians, including the Christian community there), the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, joined Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in a visit to the former Nazi camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau to demonstrate their joint solidarity against the extremes of hostility and genocide.

Read more: Is This the Best that Christianity Can Do?

Press Release: The Israeli Special Appeals Committee rules in favor of building the separation wall on the lands of the Cremisan Valley

April 26, 2013

The Israeli Special Appeals Committee for land seizure under emergency law released its verdict last Wednesday 24/04/2013, in the case of the Cremisan Valley against the separation wall. The verdict ruled in favor of the proposed second route which leaves the convent on the Palestinian side of the wall. With this decision the appeals submitted by Advocate Ghayyath Nasser who represented the land owners in the Cremisan Valley and the lawyer of the Society of St. Yves, Advocate Manal Hazzan-Abu Sinni, who represented the nuns of the Salesian Convent, were all together rejected. The decision came out two months after the final hearing on 12th of February and after seven years of proceedings.

Read more: Press Release: The Israeli Special Appeals Committee rules in favor of building the separation...

Israeli firms shed crocodile tears for Palestinian workers

April 09, 2013

By Stephanie Westbrook for The Electronic Intifada

Whenever calls are made to ban goods from illegal settlements in the West Bank, Israel’s standard response is that sanctions of that nature would have an adverse effect on Palestinian workers.

Read more: Israeli firms shed crocodile tears for Palestinian workers

Kairos Co-author Archbishop leads Jerusalem sit-in for prisoners

April 05, 2013

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Residents organized a sit-in on Thursday in front of the Red Cross encouraging detainees on hunger strike and in solidarity with the loss of detainee Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh.

Jerusalem figures and families of detainees participated in the demonstration.

Read more: Kairos Co-author Archbishop leads Jerusalem sit-in for prisoners

Palestinian Christians face greater restrictions this Easter

March 29, 2013

Israel has issued fewer permits to Palestinian Christians wishing to visit Jerusalem on the holiest event on the Christian calendar, writes Lena Odgaard for Al-Monitor.

Read more: Palestinian Christians face greater restrictions this Easter

Obama and the Palestinian detainee generation

March 21, 2013

The majority of children are detained from their West Bank homes during the middle of the night by heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Several hours after their arrest, children arrive at an interrogation and detention center alone, sleep deprived and often bruised and scared. Interrogations tend to be coercive, including a variety of verbal abuse, threats and physical violence that ultimately result in a confession, writes Rifat Kassis for The Hill's Congress Blog.

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Dear President Obama: Do not visit the Nativity Church

March 12, 2013

I suggest that as U.S. President Barack Obama enters Bethlehem, from Jerusalem I presume, that he takes a look to his right, and he will see the Separation Wall. It is hard to miss. It is that ugly concrete structure that gives you the impression that you are inside a big prison. I am sure the president will notice how the Wall is killing life in Bethlehem, cutting deep into our neighborhoods, writes Munther Isaac.

Read more: Dear President Obama: Do not visit the Nativity Church

Interfaith Response to Kairos Palestine and South-South Alliance

January 23, 2013

Recently the UN voted to extend to the Palestinian people observer status in the United Nations. This vote has moved the process forward in some small way towards a just solution to the Palestinian issue, writes Randolf Turner for Peace for Life.

Read more: Interfaith Response to Kairos Palestine and South-South Alliance

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