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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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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.)

Drawing in the sand in an abandoned Palestinian courtyard in HebronHebron 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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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 Emily Oshinske and Anne French and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

Nathan Stock, the Director of the Israel/Palestine Field Office for the Carter Center, has developed relationships with various stakeholders in the region and has contributed to policy initiatives aimed at ending the conflict.   He had just returned from a visit with a colleague to Gaza when he met with us.  In his presentation Stock ...

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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 Oshinskie and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

On Sunday, we attended Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church for a service in Arabic and portions in English. Rev. Victor Makari, Presbyterian Church (USA) Liaison for Ecumenical Partnership in Israel and Palestine. - whom we met the night before - preached in Arabic and highlighted for our group in English the important points of his sermon and welcomed ...

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April 14, 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.)

The group visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem. A few of us made the short journey at the first light of day to arrive in time to witness the door to the oldest Christian church in the world being opened by a young Muslim man whose family has ...

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April 12, 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 Emily Oshinskie and Anne French and are neither comprehensive nor in depth reports, but simply glimpses into the amazing experiences we are having together.)

We had the privilege of hearing the stories of two young men who have refused to fulfill their compulsory participation in the Israeli military (IDF).  The first young man, Khaled, belongs to a small religious minority, the Druze, and as such, he presented a unique perspective.  Druze were historically offered some degree of special treatment ...

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