Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism

The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism was issued 15 years ago by Palestinian Christian churches on August 22, 2006. The signatories were Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Archbishop Swerios Malki Mourad, Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal, and Bishop Munib Younan. You can read the Jerusalem Declaration on Anti-Semitism here. 

Jubilee theology

The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem has a focus on natural justice, by which I mean, “justice for nature.” It is often overlooked that the plants and animals, and the fragile eco-system which they comprise, are among the many direct victims of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A truly Palestinian liberation theology, such as Sabeel… Continue reading Jubilee theology

Welcome to Palestine

Like a traditional Palestinian restaurant in the back streets of Bethlehem, the Welcome to Palestine website was a delightful discovery today. From the ABOUT page: Welcome to Palestine will strive to present useful information on the villages, towns, and cities within the West Bank and, in due course, Gaza. We highlight the best of Palestinian food… Continue reading Welcome to Palestine

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4000 years of Palestine

My copy of this important volume—first published in 2018—arrived in the post today. It will provide some engaging reading during the current COVID lockdown. In a brief review in Publishers Weekly, we are told that Masalha, a historian at SOAS University of London, unravels the convenient Western romanticization of Palestine before 1948 as “a land… Continue reading 4000 years of Palestine

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Wave of prayer

Excerpts from this week’s Wave of Prayer from Sabeel in Jerusalem … On Wednesday, the 11th of August, the Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, approved the construction of 863 Palestinian homes in Israeli controlled Area C, mostly in Jenin and Bethlehem. At the same time the Israeli Civil Administration agreed to the construction of more than… Continue reading Wave of prayer

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US role in Palestine

August 19 is World Humanitarian Day. As we advocate for the “safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises” around the world, it is not without irony that we analyze U.S. cuts to humanitarian aid to Palestine and the Palestinians. Our guest for this… Continue reading US role in Palestine

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Jerusalem fires

We pray for all those affected by the massive fires burning around Jerusalem at the present time. See this update from Reuters news agency. Lord, we pray for your creation, and we seek justice, reconciliation and peace for all your creatures: the land, the waters, the sky, the plants, the animals, and the humans of… Continue reading Jerusalem fires

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Jahalin solidarity

Last week we learned about the struggles of the Bedouin as an indigenous people as we observed International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Our guest was Angela Godfrey-Goldstein of Jahalin Solidarity. Learn more in the latest Kumi Now online gathering. https://youtu.be/uyNi2Fi1d0c

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Balfour Project

“I will begin with what the Balfour Project charity is for, what our aims are, then speak about the history, before and during the time when Britain ran Palestine up to 1948. Then about now: the dire situation on the ground, but more particularly the attitude of our government and civil society to it, the… Continue reading Balfour Project

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Sabeel

I am sometimes asked what the word “sabeel” means. Indeed I was asked that again by a friend just today. The primary meaning of Sabeel in both Arabic and Hebrew is simply, “Path.” As such it recalls an ancient name for the earliest Jesus community as “the Way” (cf: Acts 9:2; 19:9,23; 22:4; 24:14,22), and… Continue reading Sabeel

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