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A Solidarity Fast for Palestine

Kayla Robbins, 4 April 2024:  A week before Holy Week, a few friends and I traveled to Washington DC and went on hunger strike for a mere five days in solidarity with the people of Palestine, joining over 150 clergy and practitioners of a multiplicity of faith traditions around the country. We fasted and protested […]

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Rainbow and Hope

Priscilla Read, 1 February 2024:  With the grim images linked to the devastation of Gaza appears a glimmer of light: the remarkable mobilization of diverse forces across the globe and within the U.S. in support of Palestinian human rights. The general public is finally learning of the realities that Palestinians have faced for decades.   A […]

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Christmas is in Gaza This Year

Harry Gunkel, 23 December 2023: “It's beginning to look a lot like ChristmasToys in every store…” It is no profound observation that Christmas has become commodified and sanitized in our media-driven, possession-riddled world. That should probably not surprise us much because the essence of the Nativity is Incarnation – the divine becoming present amidst humankind […]

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A Call for Repentance

30 November 2023: The recent shooting of three Palestinian American college students in Burlington, Vermont has highlighted the way in which Palestinians have been dehumanized in the eyes of many Americans. That a 6 year old boy in the Chicago suburbs could be murdered by his landlord; or that these young men, graduates of the […]

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Notes on the Violence of an Occupied People

30 October 2023:  Dear PIN supporters: These days since October 7 have been hard ones, among the hardest we've had. We are experiencing extreme emotions and are encountering a barrage of reactions to the crisis in Gaza, both from without and from within our own Episcopal Church and EPF families.  Among the most challenging and […]

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This Is No Ordinary Time

15 October 2023: Even through all the years since the Nakba, when war crimes have been commonplace, when we count Palestinian deaths in the hundreds every year, and when “humanitarian disaster” is continuous and only changes by degrees, events in Palestine and Israel in this early October 2023 are testing us – our limits of […]

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PIN Steering Committee Statement on the October 2023 Crisis in Palestine

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) mourns the continuing loss of life in Palestine and Israel. We view the deaths, injuries, and destruction set in motion by the actions of October 7, 2023, from within Gaza and organized by Hamas, as the most recent tragic evidence of the abject failure of the […]

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In This Time of Crisis, EPF PIN Calls for Action

The Palestine Israel Network (PIN) of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) calls attention to arecent decision by the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) not to hear an ACLU appeal ofArkansas Times v. Waldrip. We call for the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) to issue anAction Alert, and for members of the Church to contact […]

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An EPF PIN Reflection on 2022

A Review of 2022: An EPF PIN Reflection Palestinians speak of sumud (صمود): steadfastness, perseverance. It was sumud that guided the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (PIN) through 2022, an eventful year that was by turns unpredictable; full of growth, renewal, and achievement; and disappointing and heartbreaking.  As the year began, PIN along with […]

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Shadi Khoury, Two Other Teens Released to House Arrest

Many of you already know that 16 year-old Shadi Khoury was allowed to return home under house arrest after 41 days of "Administrative Detention", first in Jerusalem's infamous Moskobiya Interrogation Center, and later in Damon Prison east of Haifa. Two other boys arrested and seen in court at the same time were similarly released, but […]

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On the Ground in Palestine: Newland Smith Reports

The Seraj Library Project was founded by Laurie Salemeh in 2006.   Laurie grew up in the Chicago area and while studying in a Master's program at North Park University met Estephan who grew up in Jifna, a Palestinian village in the West Bank.  When they moved to Palestine in 2006 they established the first Seraj […]

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East Jerusalem Teen Entering 3rd Week of Imprisonment Without Charges

Update as of Wednesday 2 November 3:30PM Eastern time: Breaking News: Shadi returned to court on Wednesday and his parents were shocked to learn that he and other teens were beaten again the day before. Amnesty MENA is reporting this as torture. Shadi and the others were returned to jail without charges being announced. Please […]

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