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

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PRAY

As Palestinian farmers looked on, more than 500 dunams (125 acres) of cultivated land were destroyed by Israeli occupation forces in the Jordan valley on Monday, January 3. The land, used to grow wheat, was used by the Israeli tanks as part of a training exercise for the Armored Engineering Corps.

Lord of all the earth, we pray for the Palestinian farming communities who can do nothing but watch as their crops and land are destroyed. We pray that these farmers will have the strength and opportunity to re-sow their crop and that crop be allowed to grow to harvest. Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayers.

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LEARN


Christian Zionism: a brief critique

Rev. Munib Younan, a Palestinian clergyman, defines Christian Zionism as “grounded in an interpretation of the Bible that supports the ingathering of all Jews to Israel and their exclusive claim to the whole land of Palestine based on God's gift of the land to Abraham and the Jewish people as the ‘chosen people’.” Biblical Israel is equated with the current secular nation-state of Israel that Christian Zionists feel obligated to uncritically support and protect its expansion into all of historic Palestine without regard for International law. Christian Zionists also see the emergence of the modern State of Israel as a precursor to “the Second Coming of Christ, the rapture and Armageddon.” Alex Awad, a Palestinian educator, adds that Christian Zionism is a theological/political ideology that reflects a selective rather than a comprehensive interpretation of the Biblical narrative.

In fact, Christian Zionists are the dominant pro-Israel lobby in Canada and the United States. Both countries oppose attempts to bring Israel into compliance with International Law. Canada and the USA regularly vote against resolutions citing Israel’s abuses in the UN General assembly. The USA also uses its veto at the UN Security Council to ensure Israel is not held to account for its violations (viz., illegal annexation of Jerusalem and the Golan heights, the illegal separation barrier, Israeli settlement expansion, home demolitions, home invasions, restrictions on Palestinian movement, extrajudicial killing, administrative detention, etc.). Not only do Christian Zionists support Israel politically they also back the Israeli settlement project financially.

The 2006 "Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism" by leaders of the Palestinian church responds to the complicity of Christian Zionism in the oppression of the indigenous Palestinian population by rejecting Christian Zionist ideology as false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice, and reconciliation. The Declaration advances “the gospel of universal love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ.” How do we as followers of Jesus respond to Christian Zionism’s narrow theological/political ideology that ignores the reconciling core of holy scripture?

Online webinars on the subject:

Christian Zionism: What it is, how it impacts the Palestinian Question, and how do we combat it?
From ICAHD

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Christian Zionism
From Kumi Now

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Palestinian Children’s Rights: Vigil of Remembering and Letter Writing

In conjunction with International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Nov. 29), MCBC PIN held a vigil to advocate for Palestinian children’s rights. We invite you to watch the video and join the letter writing campaign.

Watch Video   More Info and Call to Write Letters

Sample Letter and Contacts 

Download Word Document  View PDF (copy & paste)

 

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