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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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May 4, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Gerrard Horton of Military Court Watch and Salwa Duaibis, who works with the Women’s Center for Legal Aid, gave a presentation on the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.  The work of Military Court Watch, a group of twelve lawyers from around the world, is guided by two principles:  that children detained ...

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April 30, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we had together.)

Our group spent about an hour walking in a neighborhood of Bethlehem where the separation wall isolates residents and shop owners in what used to be a thriving commercial district and tightly knit community.  We met the Anastas family, owners of Holy Star Gifts, whose home and shop are surrounded on three sides by the wall ...

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April 28, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we had together.)

Jane Hilal is the Head of the Water and Environment Research Unit with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ).  Water is one of the most important issues in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and Jane described the situation as a political problem of resource allocation rather than a lack of resources.  She explained ...

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April 24, 2016

Update from the 2016 Mosaic of Peace Conference

(These blog entries provide brief reports and insights from our conference in Israel and Palestine.  They are written by our participants Anne French and Emily Oshinske and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Hebron is a Palestinian city, the largest in the West Bank and the second largest in the occupied territories, Gaza city being the largest.  It is located about 20 miles south of Bethlehem and has a population of about 215,000 Palestinians, with about 700 settlers living in the Otniel settlement, in the heart of ...

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