One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel – It’s Time: Jeff Halper

At the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK annual conference held at Amnesty International in May, Jeff Halper gave a presentation entitled “One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel- It’s time”. With the “Two-State” solution increasingly regarded as dead, the case for one democratic state with equal rights for Israeli Jews and Palestinians is gaining traction. The slides below summarise Jeff Halper’s presentation and basis for resolving the conflict peacefully and based on international law.

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We Are Amos Trust

 ‘We are Amos Trust’ covers all three areas of their work – Street Justice, Palestine Justice and Climate Justice. Please watch and share. For many years, Stephen, our director, was a trustee of Amos Trust and continues to support their projects.

The founder of Amos Trust, Canon Garth Hewitt was a founding trustee of Peacemakers and, now retired, serves on our International Board of Reference.

Revd Fahed Abu Akel on Palestine

The Revd Fahed Abu Akel lives in Atlanta. He is the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the USA. In these short interviews he speaks candidly about being a Palestinian, living in the USA and his inspiration working for justice and peace in Palestine.

Born in Palestine Fahed explains how he became an Israeli citizen


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Leonard Harlan Rodgers

After a fierce sixteen-year battle with cancer, it is with a combination of great sadness and joy that the family and friends of Leonard Harlan Rodgers inform you that he has joined his Christ in heaven on this the eighth day of April, 2019; he was eighty-one years old. The sadness is for our loss of a husband, father, grandfather and friend who has been greatly loved and admired. The joy is in the firm belief that Leonard has ascended to join the vast assembly of saints at the thrown of Christ.

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Reflections on Olive Tree planting in Palestine: Anne Martin

The olive tree is the symbol of peace, and of prosperity.  It is plain and frugal, surviving in poor soil, lasting for thousands of years and yielding precious fruit and oil.  The annual Olive Tree Planting in February is part of a programme called Keep Hope Alive.  The intention is to support Palestinian farmers by protecting their land from being taken over by settlers.  

The sites chosen for tree planting were strategic.  The farmers are prepared, their legal ownership of the land established;  the risk posed by neighbouring settlements or outposts assessed so that the most vulnerable land gains from planting; the hundreds of olive tree brought from the nursery and the group of internationals assembled to start the planting. 

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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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