The main question in the Middle East today is not one of finding solutions but of implementing them, says Harry Hagopian. However, the majority of the Israeli political establishment - not unlike Hamas in an obverse sense – appears not to want to resolve the conflict and establish peace with the Palestinians, but prefers instead to manage the conflict and perpetuate it.
There is no shortage of reporting, analysis, and opinion about Palestine-Israel, says Timothy Seidel, and no shortage of expressions of personal commitments to ‘peace’. But the journey required of Christians and others by the Kairos Palestine Document is altogether tougher.
The recent acquittal of four London-based activists for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) raises profound issues for traders in products which originate from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, says Simon Natas, a lawyer involved in the case.
What do Christians witness in the land of frequent pilgrimages but also of infrequent visions known popularly as 'the Holy Land', but riven with conflict? Harry Hagopian draws attention to the history and presence of indigenous Christian communities in the region through a personal exploration and pilgrimage.
Lack of access to water has been a problem for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, says Doris Rachel. As she and other volunteers delivered bottles of water in the searing heat, they could understand better the point of view of those being occupied.
Pictures of Israeli border police targetting tomatoes in several Palestinian fields in Al Beqa’a Valley just east of Hebron, and directly affecting the livelihood of more than one hundred Palestinians, are now being circulated to thousands around the world report Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).