Once a year, the Joint Advocacy Initiative of The East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA hold journey for Justice. It was initially a project with the Denmark and Norwegian YMCA/YWCAs, but we are always trying to bring participants from YMCAs/YWCAs around the world. This year we had some from Ireland, Wales, Argentina, Spain and Italy.Read more
Greetings from the Joint Advocacy Initiative of The East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine. We are glad to introduce a new Olive Tree Campaign Newsletter format. It will be sent quarterly on the 15th of the month featuring current news and recent updates, new information on the campaign, and upcoming events.Read more
A Call for Co-existence not Desecration: Sacred Scriptures, Sacred Places - A Sacred Trust for Peace
The reality of Jerusalem and the Holy Land has taught us deep respect for the three Monotheistic religions so that we strive to live together in tolerance and mutual acceptance.Read more
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 21 Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox church bodies and agencies that work together on education and advocacy in support of U.S. policies that advance peace and justice for all peoples in the Middle East. CMEP works primarily on issues involving: peaceful resolution of conflicts in the Middle East, especially resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution; human rights and arms control; and promotion of the sharing of Jerusalem by the two peoples and three faiths. We are seeking an intern for the fall semester, from September to December.Read more
Palm Sunday 2005
The movement towards a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict through nonviolent means is now accelerating. There is a window of opportunity to reach a just settlement. In spite of past setbacks and much skepticism, many people on both sides of the conflict cling to the hope for peace. As people of faith, the God we believe in is the God of hope and peace. We must not give in to despair.
Regardless of whether this new opportunity bears fruit in the political arena, we believe that serious ethical and moral issues pertaining to the occupation still need to be addressed by people of faith. Hence the challenge is for churches to consider seriously the issue of morally responsible investment.Read more
Following on the heels of the WCC's encouragement of the use of "economic measures" to achieve peace in Israel/Palestine, the director of the WCC's Commission of the Churches on International Affairs released an open letter with concerns about recent developments that will affect the status of Jerusalem.Read more
From Peter Weiderud, director,
Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, WCC
Brothers and Sisters,
Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed........Happy and Holy Easter to you all!1. Though our Churches celebrate Holy Week and Easter at different times this year (on the 1st of May and on the 27th of March), we are equally invited in these blessed days of penitence and Paschal joy, to the "supreme knowledge" of which St. Paul speaks, when he says: 'because of the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, I count everything else as loss. All I want is to know Christ and the power of His Resurrection." (Philippians 3: 8,10).
By Zack Bernard Sabella
Jerusalem Read more