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April 17, 2014

Easter Greetings from the Holy Land

A number of our partners in the Holy Land send Easter greetings.

From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

I beg you to pray for Arab and Middle East Christians in this region that they may be filled with the power of hope in the Resurrection. I ask you to not forget us nor cease accompanying us in our journey, for our mission is yours and yours is ours. Our mission continues to be one of a prophetic Church, implanting the power of Resurrection Peace in the hearts of all peoples ...

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July 28, 2013

Reflecting on Israel and Palestine

by Marissa Costello

There’s always a place for someone in New York City. New York City is the pure definition of what the term “melting pot” means. It’s known for its enclaves such as Chinatown and as you walk down the next few blocks, there is little Italy. In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, locals call the neighborhood Beirut because of the recent influx of Arabic and Muslim families moving into the neighborhood. I sometimes wonder, if New Yorkers with so many differences can be said to coexist, why can’t the same be said for countries abroad?

Both peoples ...

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July 24, 2013

Three prayer concerns - July 24

This week, please remember in your prayers:

The people and leaders of Israel and Palestine. May they truly move into the paths of peace. May the occupation end and all the people know justice and security.

The people and leaders of Cuba as they continue to experience a time of change that impacts their economy and shapes their behavior. Guide the people and their government so that they may improve living conditions and their economy.

Pope Francis as he spreads the Good News through his words and actions. Thanks be for the ways in which he reaches out to the ...

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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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