May 022 Update

Dear friends in the Australia Sabeel community:

We are about to send out print copies of the CORNERSTONE magazine from Sabeel in Jerusalem, but we also want to take this opportunity to review some of the activities and developments during the past six months. In the meantime, if you have not already done so, you can download your copy of Cornerstone from the Sabeel site here:

May & June are the time of year when we renew our membership of Sabeel Australia, or even make an additional gift to assist with Sabeel’s work: 2022 membership renewal form

You will see that we have added an option for people to make a gift towards PROJECT 2022. The funds raised will be used to promote the mission of Sabeel. If we raise sufficient funds, one option under consideration by the Management Committee is to assist with the travel costs for a volunteer travelling to Jerusalem to spend a period of time at the Sabeel Centre.

Speaking of the Management Committee, let me remind everyone of those who serve on this small group:

President – Greg Jenks (Brisbane)
Secretary: Ken Sparks (Brisbane)
Treasurer: Susan Wahhab (Sydney, originally Palestine)
Committee Member: Mark Battison (Sydney, formerly Sabeel-Kairos UK)

Grace and peace,

Greg Jenks
President, Sabeel Australia


During the past six months we have been quite active online, including joint events with our partners at Palestinian Christians in Australia and PIEN (Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network) as well as participation in online events hosted by Sabeel Jerusalem. Greg Jenks has also continued to serve on the Executive of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).

Key links

Video links from the last six months

29 Nov – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

2 Dec – Annual General Meeting talk by Susan Wahhab

15 Jan – Bishop Munib Younan – Palestinian Christians

29 Jan – Desmond Tutu Memorial

12 Mar – Launch of PCIA welcome message from Sabeel

19 Mar – Violette Khoury – Nazareth Today

Lent Program – Hear our Voices with PIEN & PCIA
March 16
March 23
March 30

9 April – Eve of Palm Sunday – Voices of Hope

16 April – Holy Saturday Sabeel International Easter Event

Upcoming events

21 May – Walled-Off Hotel, Bethlehem (Wisam Salsaa)
JOIN US at 5.00pm then switch across to watch Anthony Green on ABC TV!

16 July – Kairos Palestine (Nora Armenian-Carmi)
17 Sep – Palestinian Food (Vivien Sansour)
19 Nov – Bethlehem Today (Vera Baboun)

Register now to receive the link for each webinar closer to the time of the event:


Amnesty International Report – you can read this milestone report on Israel’s apartheid practices throughout all of the territory it dominates and not just inside the Green Line

Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security has invited submissions in relation to the proposed listing of all of Hamas (in its entirety) as a terrorist organization. The committee will review this decision after the new Parliament convenes and may overturn the decision by the Morrison Government. Sabeel Australia has made a written submission, highlighting the possible unintended consequences on charitable support to Christian NGOs such as the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza operated by the Episcopal (Anglican) Church in Jerusalem. Numerous other Australia NGOs are expected to make their own submissions, and individuals can also do so. More details here:

Opinion Polls show Majority Support for Palestine
APAN has published results from opinion polling recently undertaken to monitor changes in Australian attitudes towards Israel and Palestine. You can see the results here:

I Vote Palestine
Colourful Palestine voter stickers can be ordered direct from APAN:

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