JHJPI March 2020 Newsletter

JHJPI March 2020 Newsletter

Stand up to the U.S. Plan for “Peace to Prosperity.”
A diktat on behalf of Israel: Faith leaders and organizations stand up to the U.S. Plan for “Peace to Prosperity.”
The United States recently issued its “Deal of the Century” for Israel and the Palestinians, titled “Peace to Prosperity.” Faith leaders and church 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 American dignity itself” reads the statement from Kairos Palestine. The Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship put it this way: “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.”

Go to Palestine Portal for complete coverage and access to the fifteen statements that have been released so far.

For 20 years JHJPI has advocated for an end to the 71-year-old Israeli Occupation of Palestine, through education, advocacy and working together with allies in Metro Atlanta and in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Our education efforts over the years have included:
• Leading and sponsoring trips to Palestine/Israel for participants to see the “facts on the ground” of the Occupation.
• Hosting and sponsoring conferences, speakers and films. Past events and conferences have included journalists and academics David Sheen, Josh Ruebner, and Noura Erakat; theologians Rev. Naim Ateek and Rev. Mitri Raheb; activists Rana Nazal, Benjamin Ladraa, and Remi Kanazi; and filmmakers Leila Sansour and Kathy Wazana.

Our advocacy efforts include meeting with state and federal officials about issues including:
• Imprisonment of Palestinian children
• Illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank
• State and federal attempts to stop the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement in the U.S.

Our U.S. partners and allies include:
• Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
• Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Emory, Georgia State and University of Georgia
• Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Peacemaking Program
• Israel Palestine Mission Network (PCUSA)
• CAIR, Georgia
• American Muslims for Palestine
• Project South

We can’t do this work without your ongoing support. Please consider a gift to JHJPI before the end of 2019. Let’s work for an end to the Occupation!
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What will Palestine be like in 2048?
Writers turn to sci-fi for the answer
A new anthology collects 12 authors’ visions of life in the region in 2048 – providing a liberating change for some. See entire article at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/25/what-will-palestine-be-like-in-2048-writers-turn-to-sci-fi-for-the-answer

 

Check out the book “Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist’s Life”, a biography of an important, but lesser-known, Palestinian artist.
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2020/1/29/sophie-halaby-in-jerusalem-an-artists-life