In This Issue
Join us for a webinar on Feb. 25!
Is Rev. Alex Awad speaking at your Conference meeting?
Injustice in Israel
“No Way to Treat a Child” campaign
United Methodist Church Board of Pensions
Third Thursday action alert
Human Rights Watch report
MCC Palestine blog entry
Also recommended

Join us for a webinar on Feb. 25!
If you have been part of a learning tour to Israel/Palestine, or even if you just want to learn more about the issue, please join us for a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 12:30 pm Eastern. A representative from MennoPIN, as well as staff from Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) and Mennonite Central Committee, will provide updates and talk about ways to get more involved. To join this free webinar, RSVP online.

Is Rev. Alex Awad speaking at your Conference meeting?
Do you know which Mennonite Church USA Conference your congregation is a part of? Do you know when and where your Conference annual meeting is taking place? Over the next year Rev. Dr. Alex Awad—former pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church and dean of Bethlehem Bible College—will be speaking at MCUSA Conference annual meetings. Recently Rev. Awad reflected on the ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine, noting that “killing civilians is not the path to achieve political goals.” Ask your pastor or your Conference staff about the opportunity to host Rev. Awad at your Conference annual meeting!

In Mennonite World Review: Injustice in Israel
“Divestment and boycotts are extreme measures, taken in extreme circumstances, but the Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers we spoke with see them as the only nonviolent forms of protest they have left…We are deeply troubled by how our financial lives are enmeshed in policies of occupation through our investments, purchases and tax dollars.” Read the full reflection from a group of Mennonite learning tour participants.

“No Way to Treat a Child” campaign
Some MennoPIN members have talked about impactful it was when they met with Military Court Watch on a learning tour to Israel/Palestine. The “No Way to Treat a Child Campaign,” which aims to expose the impact of Israeli military detention on Palestinian children, is a great way to follow up on those learnings. Learn more about the campaign, including how to start a local chapter in your area.

United Methodist Church divests from Israeli banks
United Methodist Kairos Response recently announced that the $20-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church has declared the five largest Israeli banks off limits for investment and has divested from the two that it held in its portfolios.

Third Thursday action alert
A resolution that would support illegal Israel settlements by conflating the occupied territories with Israel has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Learn more and take action through this update from Global Ministries.

Human Rights Watch issues strong report against settlement businesses
Human Rights Watch released a 162-page report on January 19 calling for businesses to stop operating in, financing, servicing or trading with Israeli settlements in order to comply with their human rights responsibilities. Arvind Ganesan, director of the business and human rights division said, “Settlement businesses unavoidably contribute to Israeli policies that dispossess and harshly discriminate against Palestinians, while profiting from Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and other resources.”

From MCC Palestine’s Advent Reflections – Joy
St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Joy is the greatest cleanser, and it is the greatest testimony to our faith.” Once again, we look to our Palestinian and Israeli partners who are living lives as peace-builders. They are the great testaments to the joy of the Gospel, the joy that Jesus’ birth brings. They teach us how to celebrate and be joyful in small ways, such as in the warm hospitality of a cup of coffee and a visit, and in large ways, by sharing their stories of both hardship and success. They show us the ways in which we can be hopeful and joyful through lived example. We at MCC Palestine and Israel are blessed to be witnesses to these lives of testimony to joy, of testimony to peace.

Also recommended
Occupation Captured: View these weekly photo essays of life in Hebron by Christian Peacemaker Teams

Netanyahu, US envoy trade jabs over ‘two-standards’ of law in West Bank: At a conference in Tel Aviv on January 18, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro was unusually critical of Israeli policies in the West Bank.

Finally, check out this week’s PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for a discussion on boycott, divestment, and sanctions, and the church.

Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network | | |

Steering Committee:
Jonathan Brenneman (Lima Mennonite Church, Lima, OH)
Tom Harder (Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS)
Joy Lapp (Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Mt Pleasant, IA)
George Muedeking (Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Albuquerque, NM)
Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach (Peace Fellowship Church, Washington, DC)
Timothy Seidel (Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA)

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