Informational Meeting: Tour of the Holy Land (Tomorrow)

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(photo: DeAgostini / Getty Images)
Please join our brothers and sisters this Sunday, Jan 5, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to learn about an upcoming tour of the Holy Land where you’ll visit celebrated holy sites and meet with Israelis and Palestinians working to bring peace to the Holy Land.
Date: Sunday, Jan 5, 2020
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Room S-140
Information: Event information here →
Event Details
  • The tour is scheduled for April 25 to May 2 with an extension available from May 2 to May 5.
  • The BelPres Israel Palestine Impact Team has joined with our counterparts at University Presbyterian Church (Seattle) to organize the trip. We’ve worked closely with BelPres mission partner Churches for Middle East Peace to create the itinerary.
  • Professional Israeli and Palestinian guides along with staff from Churches for Middle East Peace will help lead the tour.
  • Our tour group will meet several times prior to our departure so we can get to know each other and gain useful historical and cultural background.

We’ll have more details about the trip and answer any questions at the meeting this Sunday at 12:15 PM in Room S-140, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

If you’re interested in a Holy Land tour that also explores how Christians can respond to the heartbreaking conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, we urge you to join us Sunday.

More information here →

Christianity meltdown in its own birthplace? Western churches ignore multiple warnings

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Pope Francis praying at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. (photo: Globovisión / Flickr)
Ten years after Christian Palestinians issued an anguished plea to the global religious community for help, nothing has happened and life in Palestine has deteriorated even further under another decade of illegal occupation.

By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | Dec 31, 2019

Central to the problem is the so-called Ecumenical Deal, a reluctance to question Jewish support for Israel for fear of unpicking decades of interfaith reconciliation following the Holocaust.

Ten years ago a group of Christian Palestinians issued “a cry of hope in the absence of all hope”, reflecting their country’s decades of suffering under brutal Israeli occupation. They said they had reached a dead-end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people because international decision-makers contented themselves with ‘managing’ the crisis rather than solving it.

The situation was, and still is, destroying human life and that must surely be of concern to the Church. “We call out as Christians and as Palestinians to our religious and political leaders, to our Palestinian society and to the Israeli society, to the international community, and to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Churches around the world.”

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Israel to expand colonization of Hebron

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A group of Israeli settlers walk through a Palestinian neighborhood in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 23 November. (photo: Mosab Shawer / APA images)
Hopes to open what was once a thriving marketplace and commercial artery for the ancient city of Hebron is now being proposed as Jewish-only settlement.

By Miriam Deprez | The Electronic Intifada | Dec 31, 2019

‘Israel’s decision to build a new illegal settlement in occupied Hebron is the first tangible result of the US decision to legitimize colonization,’
— Saeb Erakat, senior figure in the Palestine Liberation Organization

Stepping through Checkpoint 56 onto Shuhada Street is like stepping into a different world.

What was once a thriving marketplace and commercial artery for the ancient city of Hebron is now a ghost street, its only life a few Israeli soldiers and settlers where shop and home fronts were welded shut 25 years ago.

Israel shut the street – which leads to the Ibrahimi mosque, known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs – to Palestinians after an American Jewish settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Muslim worshippers at the site in February 1994.

Shuhada Street is now the site of a new settlement plan proposed by Israeli defense minister Naftali Bennett, where he intends to construct Jewish-only residential units.

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Informational Meeting: Tour of the Holy Land (Sunday)

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(photo: DeAgostini / Getty Images)
Please join our brothers and sisters this Sunday, Jan 5, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to learn about an upcoming tour of the Holy Land where you’ll visit celebrated holy sites and meet with Israelis and Palestinians working to bring peace to the Holy Land.
Date: Sunday, Jan 5, 2020
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church
1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Room S-140
Information: Event information here →
Event Details
  • The tour is scheduled for April 25 to May 2 with an extension available from May 2 to May 5.
  • The BelPres Israel Palestine Impact Team has joined with our counterparts at University Presbyterian Church (Seattle) to organize the trip. We’ve worked closely with BelPres mission partner Churches for Middle East Peace to create the itinerary.
  • Professional Israeli and Palestinian guides along with staff from Churches for Middle East Peace will help lead the tour.
  • Our tour group will meet several times prior to our departure so we can get to know each other and gain useful historical and cultural background.

We’ll have more details about the trip and answer any questions at the meeting this Sunday at 12:15 PM in Room S-140, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

If you’re interested in a Holy Land tour that also explores how Christians can respond to the heartbreaking conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, we urge you to join us Sunday.

More information here →