Invite: Learn about Bethlehem Center for Global Peacebuilding and Justice

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Please join our brothers and sisters from BelPres church’s Israel Palestine Impact Team to welcome Andrew Bush and learn about the Bethlehem Center for Global Peacebuilding and Justice.  It’s a new initiative in a region that is suffering from decades of strife and violence. Andrew will serve as director of the Bethlehem Center.
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Time: 12:15 – 2:00 pm
Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA (Room S-140)
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Tickets: Free
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For the past 40 years, Bethlehem Bible College has been preparing Christian Palestinians to serve their local churches and communities. Next fall, with help from Andrew Bush, the college will also start preparing its students for peace and reconciliation ministry. The new venture is called the Bethlehem Center for Global Peacebuilding and Justice, and it’s a welcome initiative in a region that is suffering from decades of strife and violence. Andrew will serve as director of the Bethlehem Center.

For Andrew and his wife Karen, launching the Bethlehem Center marks their return to Palestine after a number of years of church planting in the Philippines. The Bushes served in the Palestinian Territories from 1998 to 2005 and still have a number of friends there.

Andrew has a postgraduate degree from the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise in Jerusalem and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Journey in Mission with Palestinian Christians. You can learn more about the Bushes at their website.

A light lunch will be served.

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Event: Behind the scenes with NPR’s correspondent in Jerusalem

TALK | Behind The Scenes with NPR’s Correspondent in Jerusalem

Please join this event organized by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, Middle East Center, and Department of Communication.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location: University of Washington, Kane Hall 130, 4069 Spokane Lane, Seattle, WA 98105
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Tickets: Free, but must register
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NPR international correspondent Daniel Estrin will share the stories behind his reporting, from Israel to Gaza to Syria to the White House, and the joys and challenges of storytelling in one of the most contested and culturally rich corners of the world.

Daniel Estrin is NPR’s international correspondent in Jerusalem. Since joining NPR in 2017, he has reported from Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, chronicling the Trump Administration’s shifting policies in the region. He has also told tales of secret agents, antiquities dealers, and ancient manuscripts. Daniel has reported from the Middle East for over a decade, including seven years with the Associated Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, PRI’s The World, and other media.

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Informational Meeting: Tour of the Holy Land (Tomorrow)

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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
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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 →

Informational Meeting: Tour of the Holy Land (Sunday)

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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 →

Eyes on Gaza: A report from Norwegian physician and activist Mads Gilbert

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Jewish Voice for Peace for webinar about the conditions in Gaza.
Date: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free, but must register
Event Details

Dr. Mads Gilbert has worked extensively in Gaza in al-Shifa Hospital starting with the 2008 Israeli assault and will be presenting a vivid, first-hand description of medical and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. Mads Fredrik Gilbert is a Norwegian physician, humanitarian, outspoken activist and politician for the Red Party. He is a specialist in anesthesiology and head of the emergency medicine department at the University Hospital of North Norway and Professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. He is the author of Eyes in Gaza and Night in Gaza.

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Lecture and Discussion: Palestine Refugees in Lebanon

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Please join our brothers and sisters at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland WA for a lecture and discussion about Palestine refugees in Lebanon.
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th St, Kirkland WA
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Tickets: Free
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Abby Brook, a graduate student of Middle East Studies of the American University of Beirut, will share her first-hand knowledge of the history and current conditions of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon followed by a Q&A session.  Abby has worked with several organizations advocating for human rights, justice, and peace for Palestinians.

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American Jews and Israel in the Trump Era: Polarization and Protest, 2019 Benayora Lecture

American Jews and Israel in the Trump Era: Polarization and Protest, 2019 Benaroya Lecture

Please join our brothers and sisters at the University of Washington Stroum Center for Jewish studies for a look at the changing landscape during the Trump presidency.
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Kane Hall 110, Univ of Washington
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Tickets: Free
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In his 2016 book “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel” (Princeton University Press), Dov Waxman argued that the age of uncritical and unconditional American Jewish support for Israel is over, and that Israel is now becoming a source of division in the American Jewish community. In this talk, he will discuss how the presidency of Donald Trump has deepened American Jewish divisions over Israel, heightened communal concerns about antisemitism, and mobilized a new generation of Jewish activists. As a result, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, and American Jewish politics, is being reshaped.

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Join Betty McCollum on International Day of the Child

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Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children — A briefing featuring Christian leaders in support of HR 2407.

Date
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Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
Time: 10:30–11:30 am
Location: US Capitol Visitors Center, 200 Auditorium, First St NE, Washington, DC  20515
Information: This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace
Tickets: Event is free to the public

Join U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Christian faith leaders on the International Day of the Child as they advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.

In speaking about H.R. 2407, faith leaders have noted that their faith commitment calls them to pay particular attention to the rights of vulnerable communities, including children. Wherever children are held in detention, whether in the context of U.S. detention centers or Israeli military prisons, there is an obligation to act to protect children’s rights.

“Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407) prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel.

Christian denominations including The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Alliance of Baptists have passed national resolutions in support of Palestinian children’s rights. Speakers from some of these denominations and other Protestant and Catholic organizations will join Rep. McCollum at the briefing.

This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Please write to your representative or call their office to voice your support for this important bill.

Gaza Fights for Freedom – Film

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Please join our brothers and sisters at the Palestine / Israel Network for a film viewing in Edmonds WA.  The film will be introduced by former Democratic U.S. Representative Brian Baird, who will also answer questions and tell how Congress deals with the Israel/Palestine conflict. He is one of the few Americans who has been to Gaza 5 times.
Date: Friday, November  8, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Edmonds United Methodist Church Sanctuary 828 Caspers St, Edmonds, WA
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Tickets: Free
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This collaborative film by Abby Martin shows you Gaza’s protest movement like you’ve never seen before. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018.

This film is hard hitting and sometimes violent. Light refreshments will be served.

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Film: Imprisoning a Generation

Please join our brothers and sisters of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon Task Force for Palestinian Human Rights in the screening of this documentary film in Portland OR with director and film producer Zelda Edmunds.
       
  Date: Sunday, Nov 10, 2019  
  Time: 6:15 – 9:00 pm
Film will begin at 7:00 pm
 
  Location: Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland, OR
Park in lot on 16th & NE Weidler
 
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  Tickets: Free  
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Join in this film screening and discussion with Zelda Edmunds, the director and producer of this documentary film which follows the stories of four young Palestinians detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political system.

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