MennoPIN Update: May 2018
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MENNONITE PALESTINE ISRAEL NETWORK
May 2018 Monthly Update

In This Issue
Targeted Death and Serious Injury Invade Peaceful Gaza Protests
A Harrowing Juxtaposition: Gaza Massacre and US Embassy in Jerusalem
How Much Money Are You Giving to Israeli’s Military Machine?
Christ at the Checkpoint Conference USA
Go HP-Free
Read More
Prayer


(Photo: Ashref Amra/APA Images)
“We know that the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.”
– Angela Davis
Targeted Death and Serious Injury Mark Nonviolent Gaza Protest and Nakba Day
Since the beginning of the Great March of Return, beginning on March 30, 2018 and continuing to May 15, 2018, Nakba Day, tens of thousands of nonviolent demonstrators took to the Gaza/Israel border to claim their right, by international law, to return to their lands. Israeli sharp shooters have responded by targeting and killing more than one hundred men, women, children, infants, medical workers and press with live ammunition and injured thousands more, often resulting in life-long crippling injuries. On May 14, the day before Nakba Day, more than sixty nonviolent protesters were shot dead by Israeli military forces. The tragedy is unspeakable, but some Palestinians present put words to their pain, anger and a glimmer of hope.

In this regrettable day, the Israelis are cheering up with red wine after shedding our blood and opening the new U.S. embassy in our Jerusalem. But we have nothing to do but being more immovable to the last drop of blood. No problem, shedding more blood could be a message to Trump that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would turn into a curse and he will be dropped as history’s rubbish.” – Suzan al-Zaza, 45, chair of an orphan association

Our people in Gaza need to live again, since this miserable life under Egyptian-Israeli blockade. I have four brothers who all are unemployed. I think this would not happen in any country, but in Gaza is normal, since we are like slaves who wait for drops of water to drink or pieces of bread to eat.” – Abrar al-Banna, 20, journalism student

Even if we would be forced to eat the sand, freedom would come closer. Even if we failed to return to Haifa, then our children and grandchildren will do so. So, counting the years is not a problem. One day everything will be changed. Injustice and oppression are not going to stay forever” – Yahya Shallah, 40, painter

A Harrowing Juxtaposition: Gaza Massacre and US Embassy in Jerusalem

(Photo: The Japan Times)
While Israeli forces massacred dozens of nonviolent Palestinian protesters, press and medical personnel in Gaza, political elites from the U.S. and Israel symbolically opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. During his speech, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu praised the inauguration of the embassy as a “great day for peace” while Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, imagined that now “peace is within reach.”
They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” – Jeremiah 6:14

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it. How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” – Matthew 23:37

How Much Are You Giving Israel for Weapons?
The Obama administration agreed to give Israel $38 billion dollars of weapons between 2019 and 2028, $3.8 billion dollars per year. Israel will use these weapons, in violation of US laws, to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians, including injuring and killing civilians, detaining and abusing children, demolishing homes, uprooting agriculture, and denying freedom of movement and expression.

U.S. citizens are footing the bill for this carnage through their tax dollars at an average of $25.25 per taxpayer. To find out how much your state or your city is contributing to Israel’s weapons and how you can “offset” your contribution to occupation forces, click here.

Christ at the Checkpoint Conference USA
The first Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in the United States will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, October 15 – 18, 2018. Since 2010 Palestinian Christians have held an international Christ at the Checkpoint Conference at Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem, Palestine every other year. Organizers of the U.S. conference feel “compelled to address the injustices that have taken place in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, particularly the Palestine lands under occupation…We believe that standing up nonviolently to injustice is an acceptable expression of our faith.” For more on the conference and to register, click here.

Support Palestinian Human Rights and Go HP-Free
Reach out to your pastor, church council and congregation to encourage your church to sign the HP Free Church pledge, committing to not buy HP computers, printers, inks, and other products until HP stops profiting from occupation and human rights violations. For more on the HP-Free Church Campaign go here.

Read More
Mondeweiss
No Way to Treat a Child Campaign
The Palestinian Portal Resource
HP-Free Church Campaign

Prayer
Friday May 11th marked the seventh week of the ‘Great March of Return’ protest in Gaza. Thousands of Palestinians are demonstrating at the borders with Israel to call for the right of refugees to return to their homeland. At least eighty-eight Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began on the 30th of March. Lord, we pray for the safety of those taking part in the protest and we long for their cries to be heard. We pray too that the international community would speak out in support of the right of Palestinians to return to the land they were forced to leave. Lord in your mercy…  Hear our Prayers 
Sabeel Wave of Prayer

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Steering Committee:
Tom Harder (Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS)
Joy Lapp (Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Mt Pleasant, IA)
Jonathan Kuttab (Palestinian lawyer and human rights activist)
Anita Rediger (Emmaus Road Mennonite Fellowship, Berne, IN)
Joe Roos (Peace Mennonite Fellowship, Claremont, CA)
Rod Stafford (Portland Mennonite Church, OR)

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