Balfour Project: Towards an Independent Palestinian State

Last Thursday at Glasgow University 300 people heard distinguished journalists speak on ‘The news from Gaza: dispelling myths and telling the truth’. 

Today at Edinburgh University 350 people heard politicians, former diplomats and others speak on ‘Tragedy in Gaza – Britain’s legacy, Scotland’s role’.

Today’s conference concluded with a ‘Scottish Call to Action’ from the Balfour Project. The Call was presented by Sir Vincent Fean, British Consul-General, Jerusalem 2010-14, now Chair of the Balfour Project. The Call reads:

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Keep Hope Alive: Olive Tree Planting in Palestine

One of the Five Marks of Mission widely adopted as an expression of contemporary Christian mission is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”.

Stephen has just returned from participating in the Olive Tree Planting Campaign organised by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA\YWCA in Palestine and the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG). The JAI-ATG Olive Planting Program, lasts for 10 days in February each year.

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Jahalin Bedouin

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, director of Jahalin Solidarity campaigns for the Bedouin community of Al Khan Alahmar in the Wadi Kelt region. Overlooked by the illegal Israeli colony of Kfar Adumim and facing a demolition order as well as occasional settler attacks, the 35 families seek to live and prosper on their historic lands they have lived on as refugees since 1952. Their school is made of mud and rubber tyres. Find out more about how you can support the Jahalin Bedouin here www.jahalin.org

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Kumi Now: Justice Together

Sabeel Jerusalem, in partnership with many other Palestinian and international organisations, have launched an initiative called Kumi Now –  https://kuminow.com/

Each week the Kumi Now project will highlight a different organisation working to raise awareness about specific issues in Israel-Palestine, provide information about an issue of injustice through the stories of those effected, and promote a creative nonviolent advocacy action. The goal is to raise awareness on Palestine and exert pressure on the powerful decision makers of the world to do what is right in order to end the occupation and build a just peace.

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Feeding Sudanese Refugees in Cairo

IMG_5033Every Sunday after church, Sudanese refugees in Cairo receive a simple meal.  They get one or two sandwiches. We serve 6 churches from different denominations.  In total about 850 people each week. Half of those are children. We do this because these people are refugees in Cairo and get very little help.  It is also a small token of our love for them.  And it encourages the community life of the churches. Continue reading

Christ at the Checkpoint USA

44151681_2176889802526392_5243558128091398144_oIt has been a delight to participate in the first Christ at the Checkpoint conference in the USA. Hosted by churches in Oklahoma City, the conference was attended by about 150 participants from the USA, Canada, Israel, Palestine and Europe.

The theme of the conference was “Exploring Holy Land Realities and our Response”. Subjects discussed through plenaries and breakout sessions included Palestinian Christianity in the Midst of the Conflict; Jewish and Christian Attitudes to the Conflict; Christian Zionism; Strategies of Nonviolent Resistance; and Promoting Peace. Continue reading