How Strong is the Biblical Basis for Christian Zionism?

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Churches for Middle East Peace and Embrace the Middle East, for a mini-series in which Colin Chapman presents material from his book Christian Zionism and the Restoration of Israel: how should we interpret the scriptures? (Wipf & Stock, May 2021).
Date: June 21 | June 28 | July 5 | July 12
Time: 2:30-3:45 pm ET |  11:30-12:45 PT
Location: On-line, zoom link provided upon registration
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Christian Zionists argue that Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel should be seen as the fulfillment of biblical promises and prophecies and therefore tend to be very supportive of Israel. But is this the only way to use the Bible to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What do Old Testament writers say about the nation of Israel and the promised land? And how do New Testament writers interpret these Old Testament promises and prophecies? What does it mean for Christians today to be peacemakers and hunger and thirst after righteousness/justice? All the webinars are designed to be as interactive as possible. The first three include a 40-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, and the fourth contains presentations from speakers with differing viewpoints.

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Shireen Abu Akleh Memorial

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Please join our friends of the Palestine Museum US to attend a special event (In-person and virtual) to remember a Palestinian American journalist murdered by an Israeli sniper while performing her duties. The Shireen Abu Akleh Memorial at the Palestine Museum US will also be installed.
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022
Time: 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET / 10:00pm Palestine
Location: On-line, and in person
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Ukraine & Palestine: Double Standards, Hypocrisy, Racism

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Please join our brothers and sisters at United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) for this webinar which will examine what can be learned to inform and strengthen the movement for Palestinian liberation.
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm Et
Location: On-line
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The panel includes two prominent voices for justice, both of whom have recently published insightful commentary on this subject of Ukraine and Palestine.

NADA ELIA is a prominent Palestinian activist and speaker, a widely published author and political analyst, and an award-winning academic on subjects concerning global affairs and ethnic studies.

EDO KONRAD is Editor-in-Chief of +972 Magazine, one of Israel’s leading publications for groundbreaking activist reporting that challenges the current realities of apartheid, occupation and colonialism.

UMKR’s Communications Director, M. Theresa Basile, will be the moderator for this discussion.

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Palestine Liberation Week at Seattle University

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle University Students for Justice in Palestine for Palestine LIberation Week.  This first-ever Palestine Liberation Week hosts daily educational and cultural events about the struggle for Palestinian Liberation.
Date: Monday, May 2 – Saturday, May 7, 2022
Time: Events every day
Location: Seattle University
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Daily events happening so check it out.

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Peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine

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Please join our brothers and sisters at University Presbyterian Church (Seattle) to learn about Christian peace and justice efforts in Israel-Palestine.  Churches for Middle East Peace Pilgrimage to Peace Tour appears in person at University Presbyterian Church or by Zoom.
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: In person: The Inn Chapel room,
University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle

Zoom:  See link in Information

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The information that will be presented is more important than ever. Our newspapers only print stories when there is violence (as they say, “when it bleeds it leads”). Critical that we all get information that is more in depth that that points to a path towards true peace, justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land and helps us understand what we can be doing to help promote that process.

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Holding Israel Accountable: Remembering Rachel Corrie

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Please join our brothers and sisters at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice on the 19th year anniversary of the day Rachel Corrie was killed protesting the demolition of Palestinian housing in Gaza. Amnesty International recently published a report calling “Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity.” We would like to invite the community to attend a zoom webinar on “Holding Israel Accountable,” featuring voices and perspectives from the Palestinian Diaspora, solidarity groups, and current actions being taken in the United States and internationally. Co-hosted by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm PST
Location: On-line, Zoom
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Moderator

Panelists

  • Hatem Abudayyeh, son of Palestinian immigrants, Executive Director of Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and part of US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  • Lubna Alzaroo, Lecturer at the University of Washington currently researching the connections between settler colonial infrastructure, necropolitics, and the environment in the U.S. and Palestinian context
  • Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
  • Josh Ruebner, Director of Government Relations, Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) and adjunct lecturer in Justice and Peace Studies at Georgetown University

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Sheikh Jarrah & The Future of Jerusalem

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Please join in this on-line event co-sponsored by American Friends of Combatants for Peace and Ir Amim about the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem facing threat of forced displacement.
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Time: 11:00am PT / 2pm ET (9pm Jerusalem)
Location: On-line, registration required
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In the past year, the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem has galvanized activists worldwide. Facing an ongoing threat of forced displacement, the neighborhood’s Palestinian residents stand steadfastly determined to remain in their homes, despite unrelenting legal pressure and physical intimidation from State actors and Settler groups. Throughout the past year, Sheikh Jarrah has served as a focal point of the conflict across Palestine and Israel, as its central location in Jerusalem highlights the critical issue of the city’s sovereignty and the rights of its Palestinian residents. Tensions in the neighborhood reached a boiling point last May, when the imminent threat of eviction facing six families in Sheikh Jarrah prompted bombing between Israel and Gaza, which wrought severe destruction across the Gaza Strip. These tensions have continued throughout 2022, as January marked the brutal eviction of the Salhiya family and the demolition of their family home.

The question of Sheikh Jarrah is more pressing today than ever before. As the world’s eyes remain fixed upon the neighborhood, and residents remain resolved to stay in their homes, the threat of upheaval across the region looms larger than ever. Join us as we meet with local experts to discuss the untenable situation on the ground and take a look at what can be done to bring justice to the residents of Sheikh Jarrah.

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Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: “Christians in Palestine”

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Please join our brothers and sisters from Voices from the Holy Land for an Online Film Salon discussion this month focusing on Christians in Palestine today, as we approach the Christmas story.  The 2 films are: “Bethlehem – The Living Stones” and “Christians of Palestine, Life Behind the Wall”.
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm EDT / 12:00 noon PDT
Location: On-line
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“Bethlehem – The Living Stones”: So often, Christian pilgrims travel to the Holy Land to experience where Jesus lived, walked and performed miracles. Churches now stand over ancient stones on the places where Bible events occurred. The tours come; the tours go. But most of the pilgrims/tourists don’t encounter the Palestinian people in Bethlehem. This film opens the aperture to experience the land where Jesus walked, through the eyes of “the living stones,” Palestinian Christians who descend from the disciples.

“Christians of Palestine, Life Behind the Wall”: This short documentary focuses on how the Israeli occupation impacts the Palestinian population of today. The story, told by Christian-Palestinians, sheds light on different perspectives of the conflict that we don’t hear about in the United States. Watch the film. Witness the Christmas celebration and hopeful spirit of those living in the walled city of Bethlehem. This film conveys a message of peace, along with a deeper understanding of what the Bethlehemites face.

View these films in advance (links provided upon registration) and join our salon discussion on Dec. 12 with Yousef AlKhouri , lecturer at Bethlehem Bible College & member, Christ at the Checkpoint and Elizabeth, a community builder and former teacher at Jerusalem School in Bethlehem. The discussion will be led by Rev. Susan Wilder, Co-Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of The Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Webinar: Palestine-Israel – where to look for hope?

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May 15th 2021, around 150,000 people attend the March for Palestine protest; they converged at the Israeli Embassy but were blocked and eventually met with resistance by the met Police. (credit:  Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash)
Please join in a discussion with Peter Beinart, Editor-at-large of Jewish Currents; Diana Buttu, Palestinian lawyer, analyst and former legal advisor to the PLO negotiation team; and Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project. The session will be moderated by Rebecca Abou-Chedid, USMEP non-resident Fellow.  Following short interventions by the panelists, there will be a discussion and Q&A.
Date: Thursday,  December 2, 2021
Time: 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST
Location: On-line zoom webinar
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The three-week long May crisis in Palestine-Israel was in part a repetition of well-rehearsed scenes of devastation, but it also witnessed something unusual – a broad Palestinian mobilization transcending a Palestinian landscape normally characterized by fragmentation and atomization, alongside a shift in the public discourse and debate, most notably in the US.

As familiar patterns of behavior reassert themselves, and with business-as-usual approaches coming from the new governments in Israel, the US, and the Muqata bubble (or worse in the case of Israel applying a ‘terror designation’ to six leading Palestinian NGOs), we pose the question: where should one look for hopeful signs of change and fluidity, for a path to get beyond permanent impasse, occupation and inequality?

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Welcome to the Panopticon: Israel’s Systematic Surveillance of Palestinians and the Implications for the World

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An Israeli soldier uses an unmanned surveillance drone to monitor Palestinian citizens in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, 30 September 2015. (credit: Hazem Bader / AFP via Getty Images)
Please join our brothers and sisters at Foundation for Middle East Peace for a conversation about Israel’s cyber-surveillance of Palestinians, from hacking the phones of human rights defenders and officials, to increased monitoring of Jerusalemites, to the mass deployment of facial recognition software against Palestinians in the West Bank.
Date: Thursday November 18, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 10:30pm (PST) / 12:00pm – 1:30pm (EST)
Location: On-line Webinar
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Three major stories broke over the past week about Israel’s cyber-surveillance of Palestinians, from hacking the phones of human rights defenders and officials, to increased monitoring of Jerusalemites, to the mass deployment of facial recognition software against Palestinians in the West Bank. To discuss these issues and their broader implications, FMEP is proud to host a conversation with four experts – Andrew Anderson (Front Line Defenders), Marwa Fatafta (Access Now), Avner Gvaryahu (Breaking the Silence), and Sophia Goodfriend (7amleh), in conversation with FMEP President Lara Friedman.

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