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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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June 12, 2015

Opportunities for empowerment and inclusion

by Madeline Bacchus

On June 10, a side event to the 8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities featured a panel on Arab youth with disabilities and the opportunities of empowerment and inclusion they have. The panel addressed cases from Palestine, Syria and Morocco.  Among the speakers were representatives from The Zero Project, Disabled People International (DPI) and the Federal Organization of Deaf Persons in Morocco.

All spoke in depth of the work they and their organizations have done and continue to do to aid people with disabilities.  Pauline ...

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June 12, 2015

New perspectives on education: Palestinian children living with disabilities in refugee camps

by Madeline Bacchus

On Wednesday, June 10, a discussion was hosted by a member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and a member of World Vision on new education perspectives for Palestine refugee children with disabilities living in refugee camps in Lebanon. The setting of the camps is already dangerous for those who are able-bodied, with narrow streets, exposed electric wires running alongside water and limited natural sunlight.  The added on limited number of schools and health facilities makes life extremely difficult for those living with a disability.  Access to education specifically is limited, if not impossible ...

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June 20, 2013

Remembering Palestinian Refugees on World Refugee Day

by Onaje Crawford

To commemorate World Refugee Day, the Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group at the United Nations (IPWG) hosted "Remembering Palestinian Refugees", a photo exhibit, film review, and panel discussion highlighting the plight of 7.4 million displaced Palestinians, the largest and longest standing case of forcibly displaced persons. Doug Hostetter, IPWG’s Co-chair, who remarked that the purpose of the event was to give “voice and image to those who could not be here to speak to the circumstances for themselves”, moderated the panel.  Because of their vivid personal and professional accounts on Palestine, great insight was offered by ...

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May 31, 2013

Education and Indigenous Youth: Jahalin Bedouins

by Brendan Welsh

The Twelfth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is currently meeting at the United Nations. The NGO Working Group on Israel-Palestine held a video screening of Nowhere Left to Go and a related briefing on the Jahalin Bedouin in our office on May 22. The briefing again raised the question of indigenous parents concerned for the wellbeing of their children, particularly their education.

We were blessed to host Eid Jahalin of the Jahalin Bedouin people and Angela Godfrey-Goldstein of the Jahalin Association. Eid spoke to us about the struggles of his people living in the ...

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January 2, 2013

Welcome aboard, Agape House

From Chicago they came in mid-December, a bold crew sailing the pirate ship Revenge to adventures at Turtle Bay and nearby points of interest. They made anchor at Old Bergen Church in Jersey City and clambered aboard the local trains to make their way to their berth at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church. They spent two days engaged in variety of activities with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

Worship with Agape HouseTo put it another way:

On December 18 and 19, a group from the Agape House Campus Ministry at the University of Illinois Chicago drove by van to New York for ...

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August 24, 2011

The United Nations, Israel and Palestine - Points of Engagement

The United Nations has been working on the question of Palestine and Israel since the first special session of the UN General Assembly on 28 April 1947, which established a body to investigate the issue and return with its recommendations. Over 60 years later, the range of the UN's work on the issues has continued to adapt to meet new challenges and address changing realities on the ground.

Points of Engagement

The UN General Assembly, comprised of all the Member States of the United Nations, has been involved in the quest for a peaceful settlement of the question of ...

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May 5, 2011

UNRWA stages its first Gaza Marathon

From the United Nations News Centre (here's a slightly different version from UNRWA): 5 May 2011 – Gaza’s first-ever marathon took place today as some 1,500 athletes defied the sweltering heat to compete in a series of running events organized...

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November 9, 2010

Peace Starts Here

UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, has launched Peace Starts Here, a Web site that will provide glimpses into the lives of Palestinian refugees. Fifteen short video clips will look at...

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