In This Issue
Good News on BDS!
Isaac Villegas Running Palestine Marathon: Support MCC’s Work in Gaza
Good News on BDS! G4S Divests and Ahava relocates from West Bank
On March 10, private security conglomerate G4S announced that they were selling off their Israeli subsidiary. G4S has been a target of BDS activists due to their involvement in running Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held, as well as providing scanners at Israeli military checkpoints.
Ahava, the Dead Sea cosmetics company that has been a major target of BDS for maintaining a manufacturing plant in the West Bank will be relocating its facility within Israel’s pre-1967 borders.
MennoPIN has endorsed a statement on anti-BDS legislation that is being circulated by Friends of Sabeel North America. You can add your name to it as well. Learn more about the legislation here.
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI-U.S.) has, for the first time, some full scholarships available that will cover all costs of participation for this unique three month service opportunity. Application forms, with dates for upcoming terms, are online. For more information, please contact Steve Weaver.
Isaac Villegas Running Palestine Marathon to Support MCC’s Work in Gaza
Isaac Villegas, pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, is running the Palestine Marathon to raise funds for MCC’s work in Gaza. For the Palestinians, there is no escape from the wall, there’s no outside, as Lena Khalaf Tuffaha writes in her poem, “there is nowhere to run to” (excerpted below. Here’s an opportunity to let your money be used by people as they rebuild their own lives, for as long as they can, as long as their communities are allowed to exist, even as the walls keep on closing in on them.
“They call us now.
Before they drop the bombs.
They think of it as some kind of war time courtesy.
It doesn’t matter that
there is nowhere to run to.
It means nothing that the borders are closed
and your papers are worthless
and mark you only for a life sentence
in this prison by the sea…
You live in the wrong place
and now is your chance to run
April 16: Atlantic Coast Conference Spring Assembly, featuring Alex Awad; Frazer (PA) Mennonite Church
- Check out this story on Racial Profiling in Israel, making true Dr. Martin Luther King’s words, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
- Also, read about evangelicals challenging a decades-long stance of blanket support for Israel’s government.
- Not made in Israel: Recognizing that goods produced in Israeli settlements are NOT the same as those made in Israel.
Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network
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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)