Category Archives: Peacemaking

Delegation Home and Taking Action

Thank you for following this twelve-day journey with us. All 28 delegates are now home. This blog will remain up for you to read as an archive. Visit http://presbypeacefellowship.org/israel-palestine for more on the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s continuing work on these issues.

Immediately after returning to the U.S., the IFPB-PPF delegation announced their unanimous support of the PC(USA) divesting from three companies that support the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands: Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard.

What the delegates heard over and over, among young Israeli Jews, Palestinian Christians, Israeli Palestinians, and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank, was the same: “You have the power to force the State of Israel to make a change of direction it will never make on its own. Please support our nonviolent struggle by engaging in boycotts and divestment and supporting strategies that will force Israel to be a country that conforms to basic standards of international law and respect for human rights.”

Please read and share the official announcement from the delegation at http://presbypeacefellowship.org/delegationdivestment

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Stones and Books by Judy Lee

The other night Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian Muslim, told us about going through a checkpoint.  “What’s in the trunk?”, the Israeli officer demanded.  “Full of stones,” he replied.  Immediately the automatic weapon was aimed at his face.  He opened the trunk and brought out a book, opened it, and showed the checkpoint guard the book about peace.  The guard looked at the book with Bassam, commented about how Bassam was calm and unafraid.  The story ended with a hug between Basaam and the guard.

Both Bassam and Rami Elhanan had young daughters.  Both daughters are dead, Rami’s daughter killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber over 15 years ago, Bassam’s shot in the back of the head by an Israeli soldier as she was skipping home from school.  These two men love each other as brothers.  All they want is for the occupation and violence to end so they can live calm lives in peace.  How can we help make this dream a reality?

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Orientation at Stony Point Center

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Interfaith Peace-Builders training

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by | January 5, 2014 · 5:21 pm