Palestine - Israel Network (PIN)

The Mennonite Church BC Palestine and Israel Network (PIN) is a network of individuals who seek to promote a just peace in the Holy Land. Our mandate is aligned with the resolution on Palestine and Israel that was passed at the Mennonite Church Canada 2016 Assembly, in response to the call of Palestinian Christians.

In keeping with the activities of the resolution, the PIN seeks to:

  • stimulate prayer, education, and advocacy action in our congregations,
  • collaborate with Canadian Jews, Palestinians, and church-related bodies advocating for justice and dignity for all in Palestine and Israel,
  • promote support for international law and human rights in Israel and Palestine by engaging our government representatives, and
  • discourage economic practices and policies that help perpetuate the oppression of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

We invite your participation with the PIN.  To join a distribution list for updates, simply send your email contact to Jon Nofziger at charjon@telus.net

Pray | Learn | Advocate

PRAY

On Thursday, the 8th of July, the Israeli Civil Administration handed out a demolition order against the cemetery in the village of al-Deirat, east of Yatta in south Hebron. The villagers are mainly dependent on agriculture and livestock rearing and have been subjected to land theft from two nearby Israeli settlements, as well as the construction of a by-pass road and military installations.

Lord, we pray for the villagers in al-Deirat as they see the land of their village cemetery annexed by the Israeli authorities. We pray that international lawmakers will openly challenge the Israeli government’s theft of occupied land. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.

LEARN

A good resource for current content and analysis is an online forum called Kumi Now (= Rise Up). It is produced by Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a grassroots movement among Palestinian Christians. Kumi Now connects advocates around the world with the organizations working in Palestine and Israel to bring a just and lasting peace based on international law and nonviolence. Online gatherings happen every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am (Pacific Time). Recordings of past sessions are also available for viewing at your leisure. You can register to receive the weekly newsletter with updates on what is happening in Palestine as well as for the online forum.

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ADVOCATE

Violence has again erupted between Hamas and Israel. A former Canadian Ambassador to Israel, Jon Allen, is reporting that "the causes for the disturbance leading up to and including the rocket fire are multiple: they are secular and religious, they are long standing and immediate and they are political. But they are ultimately centered on the question of Palestinian rights and lack thereof.

We invite you to write to Canadian governmental leaders, encouraging Canada to take a bolder stance on holding Israel accountable for a disregard of human rights and international law, specifically against home evictions. Click on the template button below for more context, a sample letter, and addresses.  

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