In December 2009, the Palestinian churches issued what some regard as the most significant Christian theological statement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in many years, says Michael Marten. So why have many churches been slow to respond to the Kairos Palestine Document, and what does this important statement require of us personally, spiritually and politically?
An 85-year-old survivor of the Nazi holocaust has begun a hunger strike in response to the Israeli authorities' denial of human rights in Gaza. Hedy Epstein is part of a group who have been refused access to Gaza to join a peaceful solidarity march.
There is no room at the inn at Bethlehem this Christmas as the city's hotels are fully booked, something mayor Victor Batarseh attributes to the efforts of Christian churches abroad to bring pilgrims to the city.
A Palestinian community organization is offering a way for many more countries to join World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 4-10 June 2009 – by sending peace prayers to Bethlehem. The Week is intended to generate joint church action for a just peace.
A top Christian monthly magazine has published an interview with Khalid Mish'al, widely regarded as the most senior figure in Hamas, the Islamist resistance group elected in Palestine and described as 'terrorists' by the USA.
Bethlehem participants in a global week of church advocacy are inviting individuals and groups around the world to send them wishes and prayers for peace. Incoming emails will be shared with parishes, schools and organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.