Prophetic 2017 church actions and Focus on Gaza

A group of Palestinian civil society organizations including Kairos Palestine, have issued a call to Palestinian leaders, Israel, the USA, Arab states, and the international community to support the peaceful demonstrations in Gaza. The group calls for worldwide demonstrations in advance of the Nakba 70th commemoration in May.

"We address our call to all those of good will who support us in seeking our freedom and independence...Heed the cries of the oppressed, of the people whose freedom you deny, and who were displaced from their land, villages and houses."


Demilitarize from Durham2Palestine, a group supported by Jewish Voice for Peace-Triangle, Durham for All, Inside-Outside Alliance, Black Youth Project 100-Durham Chapter, and other groups, called on the city to cut any police partnerships with Israel. A debate that divided Durham's Jewish community and prompted accusations of anti-Semitism culminated Monday night with the City Council's approval of a statement opposing international military-style police training.

An interfaith letter signed by 72 clergy endorsed the petition, calling on the  most precious principles of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, and citing "the brutality of Israel's military occupation and the daily violations of Palestinians' most basic human rights," urged the City Council to act.  The letter was initiated by Friends of Sabeel North America, American Muslims for Palestine, and Jewish Voice for Peace.

On Tuesday, April 17, the City Council unanimously passed a statement prohibiting police exchanges, "rejecting the militarization of our police force." "Black lives matter," concludes the statement, linking the "counter-terrrorism" trainings provided by Israel to police departments in the U.S. to the brutalization of oppressed groups here in the U.S. and across the world. 
New Publication from IPMN: Why Palestine Matters
The Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) [IPMN] is pleased to announce the publication of  Why Palestine Matters, The Struggle To End Colonialism , a new book contextualizing the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people within other global justice struggles.

The book is grounded in international law and brings Palestine into focus through the lens of intersectionality.  In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny."  Why Palestine Matters calls all those who struggle for justice against oppression to consider the Palestinian struggle in the context of other justice struggles on a global level.

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