Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Keynote: Culture as a Tool for Social Transformation: A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University for an event sponsored by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies Dept and Churches for Middle East Peace.  Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak about the work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation.
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 am
Location: Seattle Pacific University,
3307 3rd Ave W, Room: Beegle 201, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free, limited seating open to the public
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Come learn about the critical work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation. Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and co-founder of U.S.-based fundraising and advocacy organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Rev. Dr. Raheb is the most widely published Palestinian Christian theologian to date.

In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

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How do Bernie & Buttigieg stand on Israel-Palestine?

How do Bernie & Buttigieg stand on Israel-Palestine?
Pete Buttigieg / Bernie Sanders
One supports Palestinian human rights. One says he’d keep the $10 million per day flowing to Israel no matter what it does. Which is which?

By Kathryn Shihadah and Alison Weir  |  If Americans Knew Blog  | Feb 11, 2020

While it may be an exaggeration to suggest that “billionaires in wine caves” are choosing the next president of the United States, it may be that some wealthy donors have an agenda that they can advance in a wine cave event, while a teacher or pipefitter has little more to wield than a vote.

For over 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the core issue of the Middle East, central to tragic wars – some involving American troops – and escalating violence. In the past ten days Israeli forces have shot dead nine unarmed Palestinians, seven of them teenagers. In 2019, 149 Palestinians were killed in the conflict along with 10 Israelis.

US Middle East policies, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, have been largely driven by the pro-Israel lobby in the US for many decades. Campaign donors like Sheldon Adelson have influenced Trump policies, while other billionaires such as Haim Saban have influenced Democratic ones.

The US blockade against Iran (which, under international law, constitutes an act of war), was begun by Bush and continued under Obama. The Trump “Muslim Ban” focused on countries that had been selected by the Obama administration and that had long been targeted by Israel

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Water as a Weapon Against Palestinians

 

From: Water Justice in Palestine <waterjusticeinpalestine@gmail.com>

Subject: Fact #151: Water as a weapon against Palestinians

 

Fact

This week, the Israeli military once again destroyed pipelines that supplied irrigation water to the West Bank village of Bardala. The village depends on agriculture for its main source of income.

Bardala was already suffering water shortage, due to Israel’s refusal to provide it with more than 100 cubic meters of water/hr. (The necessary minimum is 240.) 

Before Israel’s occupation of Palestine, Bardala’s wells provided more than sufficient water.

In 1974, Israel and its water company, Mekorot, closed Bardala’s wells, demanded the village’s residents pay to receive water from their own springs, and built several deep wells on Bardala’s lands for use by Israelis only.

In 2006, Mekorot further reduced Bardala’s water supply by 75%. 

In 2017, Israel bulldozed Bardala’s rebuilt water outlets and destroyed 168 meters of pipelines to farms.

A month later, Israeli soldiers shot at the village’s peaceful Right to Water march of 500

 

Sources

 

See our blog  for the article Trump to Palestinians: surrender and we’ll give you a pretend ‘state’ and water too.

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Facebook | Website waterjusticeinpalestine.org | Twitter @WaterPalestine

 

Sources

 

See our blog  for the article Trump to Palestinians: surrender and we’ll give you a pretend ‘state’ and water too.

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Facebook | Website waterjusticeinpalestine.org | Twitter @WaterPalestine

Palestinian Christian Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb speaking in the Pacific Northwest

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Rev. Dr. Raheb is speaking in several places around the PNW sponsored by the Bright Stars of Bethlehem with additional event at Seattle Pacific University sponsored by SPU and Churches for Middle East Peace.

By Kairos Puget Sound Coalition | Feb 13, 2020

‘For the people of Palestine, the fact that God revealed himself in the most unexpected place of Palestine meant that defeat in the face of the empire was not an ultimate defeat.’
— Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, sermon, Duke University Chapel

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem is coming to Seattle/Tacoma in March 2020. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is the co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem. In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”

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Journalist Abby Martin sues State of Georgia over law requiring pledge of allegiance to Israel

Journalist Abby Martin announces a federal free speech lawsuit to overturn Georgia’s unconstitutional Israel boycott in partnership with CAIR and the Partnership for Justice Fund. (photo: Facebook Screenshot)
Martin, the journalist and documentarian of ‘Gaza Fights for Freedom’, is challenging free speech restrictions because of her support for a boycott of Israel.

By Alan Macleod | Activist Post | Feb 10, 2020

‘The hyperbolic notion that conservatives are the ones being persecuted on college campuses has made blatant censorship campaigns against people for criticism of Israel, or other progressive protests, go completely ignored.’
— Abby Martin, film documentarian

After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. Martin had recently released a documentary critical of the Israeli government called Gaza Fights for Freedom. Now she is suing the state, claiming the decision is a violation of the First Amendment. Along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), today she filed a federal free speech lawsuit against the university system of Georgia.

Martin was dismayed by the university’s decision: “This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure. We must stand firmly opposed to these efforts and not cower in fear to these blatant violations of free speech,” she said.
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Jared Kushner does not see the brutal occupation I helped carry out

Israeli security officers take position near a burning tire during clashes with Palestinian protesters at a demonstration marking Land Day at Qalandiya checkpoint, near Ramallah, March 30, 2012. (Uri Lenz/FLASH90)
Israeli security officers take position near a burning tire during clashes with Palestinian protesters at a demonstration marking Land Day at Qalandiya checkpoint, near Ramallah, March 30, 2012. (photo: Uri Lenz / FLASH90)
A former soldier speaks out about the two separate legal systems for Israelis and Palestinians. The Trump plan wants to make this reality permanent.

By Yehuda Shaul | +972 Magazine | Feb 3, 2020

And although I do not know what it is like to live under occupation, I do know what it is like to carry out that occupation, having served as an IDF soldier in Palestinian communities that Israel has subjected to military rule for over half a century.

In an interview on CNN last week, Jared Kushner, one of the architects of President Donald Trump’s newly-released “Deal of the Century,” stated: “The reality is that Israel’s there [in the West Bank], and they’re not leaving… I’m not looking at the world as it existed in 1967. I’m looking at the world as it exists in 2020.”

These remarks echoed Kushner’s repeated calls for Palestinians to abandon their history and accept today’s facts on the ground. Only this, he says, would make it possible for Palestinians to move forward to a prosperous future.

I would urge Kushner to follow his own guidance and take a closer look at the “reality” he claims to see.

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Why did Palestinians reject Trump’s peace plan? Here are three reasons

President Trump speaks during an event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 28. (Susan Walsh/AP)
President Trump speaks during an event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House, Jan 28. (photo: Susan Walsh / AP)
This situation has a name, regardless of whom one blames for it: apartheid.

By Ezzedine Fishere | The Washington Post | Feb 6, 2020

Condemning Trump’s plan and calling for resuscitating the two-state solution is no longer useful; that ‘solution’ has been dead for more than a decade. . . . Trump’s plan opened a gate for a powerful stream that will carry us toward the dreadful challenges of an apartheid state. The question before us now is what we all — Palestinians, Arabs, Israelis and the world — will do about that.

One didn’t need to read 25 books to predict that the Palestinians would reject President Trump’s Middle East “peace plan.” Palestinians have a reputation for rejecting offers, knowing quite well the next could be worse. They rejected the 1947 United Nations partition plan that gave them less than 45 percent of Mandatory Palestine, Ehud Barak’s “generous offer” at Camp David in 2000, and Ehud Olmert’s even “more generous” offer in 2008 after the Annapolis process. The world has grown weary of this perceived lack of pragmatism; many feel that, given their weak position, Palestinians should accept what they can get or “shut up,” as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman so eloquently put it in 2018.

Yet, without truly understanding the behavior and motivations of Palestinians, it is impossible to find a solution or even begin to manage the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The Palestinians have accepted other offers, such as the Security Council resolution 242 in 1967 and the Oslo Accords, which promised them a meager 22 percent of Palestine — at best. All the proposed solutions involved a loss, so why do they accept some plans and reject others? The answer lies in three things Palestinians care about most: a sense of fairness, the hope of living freely in a sovereign state of their own, and the facts on the ground.
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A diktat on behalf of Israel: Faith leaders and organizations stand up to the U.S. Plan for “Peace to Prosperity”

US Peace Plan Peace to Prosperity map. (photo: White House)
Statements from faith leaders across the world speak out about Trumps peace plan.

By Palestine Portal | Feb 5, 2020

‘It constitutes an ultimatum, rather than a real, sustainable or just solution. No just peace can be established for either Palestinians or Israelis with such a plan.’
— Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches

Last week the United States issued its much-vaunted “Deal of the Century,” titled “Peace to Prosperity.” Faith leaders and organizations in Palestine, the U.S. and across the world responded immediately with outrage and protest. “An insult to history, humanity, the Palestinian people, and the American dignity itself” reads the statement from Kairos Palestine. The Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship puts it well: “This plan is not a peace agreement or even a reasonably framed blueprint for a peace agreement: Palestinians themselves have had no say in its design, and there has been no negotiation between sides. The plan is rather a diktat imposed unilaterally by the United States on behalf of Israel to further Israel’s illegal consolidation of permanent control over all the territory of Palestine, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.”

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Kairos Statement on the American declaration on peace in the Middle East

 

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Palestinians protesting after U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, Dec 7, 2017. (photo: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
A plea from Palestinian Christians to other Christians to stand up in the face of injustice against the Palestinian people and demand their countries to reject categorically the so-called ‘deal of the century’.

By Kairos Palestine | Jan 28, 2020

…President Trump did not offer anything towards this equality but rather consolidated further Israeli hegemony and Palestinians subjugation to it.

The position announced by the U.S. administration regarding what they termed as the ‘deal of the century’ was in fact an insult to history, humanity, the Palestinian people, and the American dignity itself.

The American-Israeli proposal is premised on consolidating Israeli control over all of Palestine’s land, making sure that the Palestinian people are subjected to this control, in return for economic promises that are closer to a deal for buying the people and their spirit with money.

This proposal seeks to legitimize the Israeli occupation and revoke the history of the Palestinian people and their legitimate inalienable rights, particularly the right of return for the Palestinian refugees and the right to self-determination in an attempt to eliminate the Palestinian question completely and definitively.

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Coping With Occupation

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Saint Mark’s Mideast Focus Ministry for a film series to educate and promote understanding about the struggle for peace and justice in the Holy Land.  Each screening includes presentations by guest speakers with personal experience on the subject. The opening film “Tel Aviv on Fire” will feature guest speaker playwright Ed Mast.
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, reception 6:15pm
Location: St. Mark’s Cathedral,
Bloedel Hall
1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA
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Tickets: Free
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For over 70 years the U.S. has supported the illegal and invasive occupation of Palestine by the Government of Israel. How are we to cope with the fact that our country, almost alone in the world, is responsible for this violation of Human Rights?

Our series begins with humor because it is the most bearable coping device. Through satire we get perspective on our common humanity. Then we look at how Gazans try to make their desperate situation known to the world, how families endure when their children are forcibly removed from their homes and placed in military prisons, and how they cope when their homes are demolished before their eyes. Finally, we explore some of the factors explaining why the U.S. leads the way in supporting this occupation.

Film Series Dates:

  • February 28, 2020: Tel Aviv on Fire (catered reception at 6:15 p.m.)
  • March 27, 2020: Gaza Fights for Freedom
  • April 24, 2020: Imprisoning a Generation
  • May 15, 2020: The Lobby—U.S.A

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