Campaign: Right to Boycott

Campaign:  Right to Boycott

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About Sabeel-Kairos

Two stories with one aim: a Just Peace in the Holy Land

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BDS Overview

What is Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and does it help?

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Advent/Christmas 2020

Resources for Christmas and Advent focussed on Palestine and Israel

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Partners for Peace: Young Advocates Forum

Welcome to our Young Advocates Forum! Please visit here if you are under 35 and interested in Israel/Palestine.  Take a look and get in touch!

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Sabeel-Kairos Conference and AGM 2021

Find out all the information about our conference and AGM here!

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Advent/Christmas 2021

Visit here for all of our Advent and Christmas resources for 2021

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Sabeel-Kairos News

Up-to-date news from Israel and Palestine

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Kairos Palestine

An abridged version of the historic Kairos Palestine document issued in December 2009.

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Contrary to a popular misconception, the conflict in Palestine/Israel is neither hundreds of years old nor is it primarily religious. At the heart of it is a struggle for the control of land.

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Prayer and theology

Resources, ideas and links to prayer and theology resources on Israel/Palestine

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Advent/Christmas 2019

Please see here for Advent and Christmas resources from the UK and Palestine

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Campaign: A Cry for Hope

We cannot serve God while remaining silent about
the oppression of the Palestinians.

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Current Situation

What is it like to live in Palestine today?

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Cornerstone Magazine

Latest Edition of Cornerstone Magazine

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Sabeel Jerusalem

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center

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Sabeel-Kairos Conference 2020

Welcome to our landing page for all the news, information and updates related to our 2020 Conference!

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Maps are crucial for understanding the conflict in Palestine/Israel.
Here are some important ones.

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Interactive Multimedia

Featured photo galleries, videos and podcasts

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Stories and articles

Featuring topical issues, stories from Palestine and more

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World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

The 2017 World Week for Peace will be held between 17 – 24 September

The theme is ‘Voices of the young…visions for the future’

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Theology Group

The Sabeel-Kairos Theology groups meets regularly to research, discuss and take action regarding theological issues in Israel/Palestine. Find out more here.

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About us

A cry of hope in the absence of all hope.

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Books, films, music, exhibitions, flyers etc!

Books, Study guides, photos, films, art and exhibitions to help you learn more and gain understanding.

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Host an online cook-along for your local group and raise much needed funds that can make a real difference to the lives of Palestinians.

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Keep Awake! Preach Palestine


The 29th Nov marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the first Sunday in Advent. We are delighted to offer you a host of resources to help your Church Preach Palestine and keep the Cry for Hope from Palestinian Christians alive in our communities.


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About Israel/Palestine

Not sure what all this is about?
Want to get to grips with the geography and facts on the ground?
Browse this introductory guide to Palestine/Israel.

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Gaza voices

The Forgotten Crisis: Listening to voices from Gaza


Here are some stories of ordinary people living life under siege in Gaza, and actions you can take to bring about an end to the blockade.

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer

Get the weekly Sabeel Wave of Prayer here every Thursday

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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

Find out more about the international BDS movement and how to boycott, divest and sanction against anything associated with Israel’s occupation.

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Useful links

Links to organisations involved in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

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Lent and Easter

Resources and actions for Lent

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Sabeel-Kairos Conference 2019: Faith into Action

Summary and resources from the Sabeel-Kairos conference.

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Other actions

More ways to campaign here

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Trips to Palestine/Israel

“In order to understand our reality, we say to the Churches: Come and see.” – Sabeel-Kairos Palestine document

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The Kairos Palestine Document is a call to action. Here are some resources to help you campaign, pray and advocate

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How to get in touch

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Becoming a Sabeel-Kairos Community

What are Sabeel-Kairos Communities? How can we become one?

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Sign up to receive the wave of prayer

The wave of prayer is free to receive and a great way to show solidarity and support to our Palestinian friends. Please sign up to receive it here.


    Would you like to receive Sabeel's global Wave of Prayer email?


    Alternatively, you can view the Wave of Prayer every week on Sabeel’s website here: 


    Cornerstone | ISSUE 81, WINTER 2019/2020

    Our Cornerstone magazine is now available. You can download the magazine here (more…)

    UN releases long-awaited blacklist of companies with ties to settlements

    OHCHR says 112 business entities have ties to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, 94 based in Israel, and 18 in six other countries


    ICC to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes

    There is sufficient evidence to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes committed in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the international criminal court has announced.   (more…)

    Gathering together for Palestine

    On Saturday 29th June over 130 people gathered on the hottest day of the year at Carr’s Lane in Birmingham for the Sabeel-Kairos Conference: Faith in Action for Palestine. If you were unable to join us this year then we hope to see you next year at our annual conference (which is growing in number each year). (more…)

    Keep working for justice in Palestine

    The day finished with quick paced and energised panel discussion and then some reflective worship led by Rev. Enid Gordon. This was followed on by the Sabeel-Kairos AGM. All the minutes and accounts were agreed and accepted and a new chair, the Revd Mark Battison, was elected to the Board. (more…)

    Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Bill

    In The Queen’s Speech on Tuesday 10th May, the government introduced the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Bill.  This legislation would limit decisions around investments relating to climate change concerns, arms and human rights issues including the occupation of Palestine in a fundamentally un-democratic move.  The government has provided this information below;


    Write to your MP – oppose the ‘anti-boycott bill’

    Protect our right to boycott


    The government’s plans to stop public bodies from deciding not to do business with companies abusing human rights, or our planet, are completely anti-democratic and a serious blow to our civil society. This gross over-reach is part of wider government attempts to limit our efforts to campaign for Palestinian rights as well as other campaigns for international solidarity, climate and social justice.


    Write to your MP here

    Introduction to the Sabeel-Kairos Theology Group

    The Sabeel-Kairos theology group was formed several years ago to address the many theological issues and challenges facing the Church worldwide when it comes to their engagement on Israel/Palestine, and to encourage Churches to fulfil their Gospel mandate, and stand in solidarity with those facing oppression and discrimination in Palestine and Israel.

    The group encompasses people from all denominations, and welcomes new members that share the goals of peace, justice, and equal rights for all those that live in the Holy Land.

    Prior to Covid, the group met twice a year in person, for one-day conferences when speakers were invited to present papers for discussion and debate. During 2019-2021 these meetings took place on-line, but we were delighted that in March 2022 the group met in person once more, for a 3-day residential at Gladstone Library in Chester.

    During this time they heard from many renowned speakers on the subject of Israel/Palestine, and looked specifically at the Palestinian Cry for Hope, and how we can bring this to the attention of the UK Churches, and the World Council of Churches at their Assembly in Aug/Sep 2022.

    As a result, this statement was released by the group, and endorsed by the Sabeel-Kairos Board of Trustees to be used as an advocacy tool: A Response to ‘Cry for Hope’: A Call to the Churches and the WCC Assembly 2022 | Sabeel-Kairos

    The Theology Group is led by Revd Brian Brown, an influential anti-apartheid campaigner, author, and retired minister in the Methodist Church. You can find out more about Brian, including a look at his latest book, here: “Apartheid South Africa! Apartheid Israel?” by Brian J Brown (

    If you are interested in finding out more about the Theology group, or joining them, please contact Brian on

    Match Funding May!

    Double your gift this May! Become a monthly giver, or increase an existing regular gift in May and the first 3 months of donations will be doubled up to £5000! (more…)

    A Response to ‘Cry for Hope’: A Call to the Churches and the WCC Assembly 2022

    Read and share our statement and call to the WCC Assembly in 2022 regarding the Palestinian Cry for Hope, in partnership with the Sabeel-Kairos Theology Group. (more…)

    Right to Boycott Civil Society Statement

    Civil Society Statement


    As a group of civil society organisations made up of trade unions, charities, NGOs, faith, climate justice, human rights, cultural, campaigning, and solidarity organisations, we advocate for the right of public bodies to decide not to purchase or procure from, or invest in companies involved in human rights abuse, abuse of workers’ rights, destruction of our planet, or any other harmful or illegal acts. We therefore oppose the government’s proposed law to stop public bodies from taking such actions.


    The government has indicated that a main intention of any legislation is to ensure that public bodies follow UK foreign policy in their purchasing, procurement, and investment decisions, particularly relating to Israel and Palestine. We are concerned that this would prevent public bodies from deciding not to invest in or procure from companies complicit in the violation of the rights of the Palestinian people. We affirm that it is the right of public bodies to do so, and in fact a responsibility to break ties with companies contributing to abuses of rights and violations of international law in occupied Palestine and anywhere else where such acts occur.


    From bus boycotts against racial segregation to divestment from fossil fuel companies to arms embargoes against apartheid, boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns have been applied throughout history to put economic, cultural, or political pressure on a regime, institution, or company to force it to change abusive, discriminatory, or illegal policies. If passed, this law will stifle a wide range of campaigns concerned with the arms trade, climate justice, human rights, international law, and international solidarity with oppressed peoples struggling for justice. The proposed law presents a threat to freedom of expression, and the ability of public bodies and democratic institutions to spend, invest and trade ethically in line with international law and human rights.


    We call on the UK government to immediately halt this bill, on opposition parties to oppose it and on civil society to mobilise in support of the right to boycott in the cause of justice.




    • Amos trust
    • Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA)
    • Anti Apartheid Movement Archives Committee
    • Artists for Palestine UK
    • Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)
    • British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
    • BRISMES Campaigns
    • British Palestinian Council
    • Campaign Against Arms Trade
    • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
    • Communication Workers Union (CWU)
    • European Legal Support Centre
    • Friends of Birzeit University (FOBZU)
    • Free Speech on Israel
    • Friends of Al Aqsa
    • Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
    • Global Justice Now
    • Greenpeace UK
    • Institute of Race Relations
    • International Centre of Justice for Palestinians
    • Israeli Committee against House Demolitions UK
    • Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JJP)
    • Labour and Palestine
    • London Mining Network
    • Makan
    • Methodist Church in Britain
    • Movement for the Abolition of War
    • Muslim Association of Britain
    • National Education Union
    • National Union of Students
    • Netpol
    • Palestine Solidarity Campaign
    • People and Planet
    • Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
    • Quaker Roots
    • Quakers in Britain
    • Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers Union (RMT)
    • Sabeel-Kairos UK
    • SOS-UK (NUS climate campaign)
    • Stamp out Poverty
    • Transport Salaried Staffs Association Union (TSSA)
    • UNISON
    • Unite the Union
    • United Reformed Church
    • University and College Union (UCU)
    • War on Want


    please see the Right to Boycott Campaign website to learn more.

    UN Special rapporteur: Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territory is ‘apartheid’

    Calling on the international community to accept and adopt the recent findings in his report, an independent human rights expert said on Friday that “apartheid is being practiced by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory”. (more…)

    Becoming a member of Sabeel-Kairos

    By becoming an individual member of Sabeel-Kairos you are endorsing our call to action, and voicing your support and solidarity to the Sabeel Jerusalem and Kairos Palestine movements.

    The membership fee is a minimum of £30 for the year.  

    As a member you will receive;

    • A regular newsletter (via email), packed full of news from the region, campaign actions you can take, and information about the global Sabeel and Kairos movements
    • Information about trips to Palestine
    • The weekly Wave of Prayer
    • Cornerstone Magazine in the post
    • First refusal on tickets for the annual conference
    • A vote in the AGM

    Critically, your membership fee and any additional donations you make support us to continue this important work.  

    We ask all of our members to commit to the following principles:

    1. Justice, peace and security for all in Palestine and Israel.
    2. The principles of non-violence, anti-racism, and equality for all.
    3. Supporting and endorsing our partners in Palestine, Sabeel Jerusalem and Kairos Palestine.

    You can also email us to find out what resources, information and support we can give you to spread the word about Sabeel-Kairos in your church, community or other place.

    If you would like to read Time for Action please click here

    To sign up to become a member, click here

    To donate to Sabeel-Kairos and help further our work, please click here

    IAW Event: Amnesty International Special Briefing to S-K Activists

    Monday 21st March at 11am


    Amnesty International will be giving a special briefing to Sabeel-Kairos activists and members on their new report on Apartheid in Palestine.


    Kairos Palestine welcomes Amnesty International report on Apartheid

    February 4th, 2022 Jerusalem
    The board, staff and supporters of Kairos Palestine welcome Amnesty International’s momentous report, Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity. We appreciate Amnesty International’s courage in publicly documenting what for decades Palestinian human rights organizations and, more recently, prominent Israeli and international human rights groups have concluded: Israel’s laws, policies and practices constitute an apartheid state. (more…)

    Boycott AXA Campaign

    Join the Boycott AXA campaign and take action here in the UK to divest from the occupation.


    Write to the Cooperative Bank now and ask them to cease their partnership with AXA


    Cry for Hope in Lent: A new series

    We are delighted to be launching a series of studies for Lent 2022 focused on the Palestinian ‘Cry for Hope’ and associated themes. This series will include live online events with international speakers, discussion, prayers and actions every Sunday for 5 weeks during lent. (more…)

    Tutu’s Legacy – Listen again

    The recording is now available for the celebration of ‘The Arch’ with British and South African professors, authors and theologians, hosted by Revd David Haslam and Revd Brian Brown on Sunday 30th January. (more…)

    Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Desmond Tutu

    On Saturday 29th January join Sabeel Jerusalem and Friends of Sabeel groups around the world (online) to celebrate the life and dedicated service of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was the international patron of Sabeel for many year. (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos Theology Group Consultation, March 15-17 2022.

    ‘A Cry for Hope from Palestine in this Kairos moment’

    Gladstone Library, Hawarden, nr Chester (St Deiniol’s)

    (After lunch Tuesday to after lunch Thursday)

    Cost: £190 (B/B and dinner) (more…)

    New resource: A briefing paper on Christian Zionism

    We are pleased to offer our members, supporters and churches a new briefing guide, produced by several of our theology experts, on Christian Zionism. (more…)

    Partners for Peace

    When you become a partner for peace, you will receive our email and postal mailings, including Sabeel Jerusalem’s quarterly magazine Cornerstone as well as having priority access and booking for our yearly conference and access to all of our resources and information.

    regular giving and our  partnership fees are one of our most important sources of income, and help us to plan what funds we have available each year for our campaigning and education activities and resources. Without regular givers we would not be able to run our successful Investing For Peace campaign![

    Become a Partner for Peace offline

    To become a member you will need to fill in our membership form, and pay a small yearly subscription fee. The membership form can be found below, or if you prefer to, download and print our Membership Leaflet and Form and return to:

    Sabeel-Kairos UK

    Office above Age UK

    60 The Parade


    LE2 5BF


    Membership fees

    £30 a year

    £18 a year unwaged


    Standing Order

    Please download and fill in the standing order section of our Membership Form to set up a regular standing order. Please don’t forget to sign and date the form!


    Please address all cheques to Friends of Sabeel UK and send to the office address (above).

    Gift Aid

    If you donate online you will have the option of filling in a gift aid declaration. If you pay by others means and are eligible to claim gift aid then please fill in the gift aid declaration in the membership form and return to us at the address above.

    Order for 2022 Palestine Calendar NOW!

    This stunning colourful calendar features 12 Palestinian items of artwork paying tribute to the role of the Palestinian women as the guardian and the protector of the Palestinian struggle and liberation. The calendar is dedicated to the memory of the late Palestinian author political and activist Ghassan Kanafani who was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad along with his niece Lamis in Lebanon  50 year ago (July 8th 1972).


    To order simply email with how many you would like and include your postal address.

    Please transfer money to:  Sort code 80-11-80 account no 00614718


    1 calendar      £12

    2 calendars     £23.70

    3 calendars     £34.70

    4 calendars     £45.20

    5 calendars     £55.70


    see all the images on the calendar here



    The Bethlehem Story: A series of advent videos in partnership with the Unreached Network

    Combining the story of Bethlehem in the Bible, with voices from Bethlehem today this is a great resource for anyone to enjoy and share as we approach Christmas! (more…)

    Palestinian Brunch! Saturday 27th November

    Join us for brunch! Palestinian home cook and blogger Phoebe Rison and her mama Nadia will be teaching people how to make traditional Palestinian dishes for a mouth-watering Saturday brunch and will talk about life in Palestine while she cooks. Get the ingredients beforehand and cook along, or just come along to watch and take notes! (more…)

    Why a young advocates forum?


    In Israel/Palestine now it is the young people who are changing the narrative and revealing the truth about what is happening on the ground that does not often get into our mainstream news.  People like Atalya Ben Abba, an Israeli conscientious objector, who went to military prison for her refusal to join the Israeli army.  You can watch her incredible story ‘Objector’ here.

    Preach Palestine! Sunday 28th November

    Ours colleagues at Friends of Sabeel North America are calling on Christian leaders to commit their congregations to Preach Palestine on November 28th, 2021. (more…)

    Liberating Theology, Resisting Empire

    Global Sabeel online gathering on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – 29th November. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2021

    Kairos Palestine is pleased to announce the Christmas Alert 2021!

    This year the Christmas Alert includes Human Stories from Palestinians in all areas of Palestine; West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, the 1948 occupied Palestinian cities and the Diaspora. Each story gives a glimpse on Palestinians’ life inside and outside Palestine and highlights the unity in struggle, resistance and hope among Palestinians.

    You can read and download the English version here: Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2021


    Available now: six new liberation theology booklets produced by Rev. Naim Ateek

    Rev Naim Ateek – the father of Palestinian Liberation Theology has written a series of 6 new theology booklets. (more…)

    Carlisle Diocese passes historic Cry for Hope motion

    5 November, 2021

    On Saturday 9th of October 60 members of the Church of England gathered together under the leadership of the Bishop of Carlisle, The Rt Revd James Newcome for their autumn Diocesan Synod meeting. Members included clergy and lay people. On their agenda was a motion passed by Solway Deanery, calling on the Church of England to be more proactive in its support and solidarity with Palestinian Christians. (more…)

    Brian Brown’s new book ‘Apartheid South Africa! Apartheid Israel?’ released

    We are delighted that leading theologian and long term anti-apartheid campaigner Revd Brian Brown has released his new book, which you can order now. (more…)

    Christian Aid Report: Where is Palestine?

    We welcome this comprehensive report from Christian Aid, which amongst other important issues, calls on UK Churches to support our Investing for Peace campaign. (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos joins other agencies:

    Israeli Government’s attacks on six Palestinian civil society groups must be resisted


    Christian organisations in Palestine condemn Israel’s labelling of 6 NGOs as ‘terrorist organisations’

    25th October, 2021. Palestinian Christian organisations including our partners Sabeel Jerusalem and Kairos Palestine condemn and denounce in the strongest possible terms the decision of the Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz issued on 22/10/2021 against six Palestinian human rights organizations. (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos Conference and AGM 2021!

    Sabeel-Kairos UK Conference Statement:

    After a wonderful, inspiring conference on Saturday we are delighted to release our conference statement, which was crafted by our Board of Trustees and endorsed by our partners Sabeel Jerusalem and Kairos Palestine. (more…)

    New edition of Cornerstone: Summer 2021

    The  83rd edition of Sabeel’s Cornerstone publication highlights themes related to the Armenians of the Holy Land. Armenians have been in the country for centuries. Part of the local Armenians also came to the Levant as refugees around the year 1915. In this edition we hear testimonies of Armenians in Palestine-Israel and Lebanon. (more…)

    New book: Hope in Israel Palestine

    We are delighted to bring you this new book by John Howard, who served at Mission Partner in Bethlehem for the Methodist Church, and was an ecumenical accompanier. His book brings stories of hope and looks at the prospects for peace in the Holy Land. (more…)

    Under 35? Visit our new webpages!

    We are delighted to have launched an under 35’s section on our website. Please visit here if you are under 35 and want to get involved in our Young Advocates Forum, and find out about events, stories and campaigns. (more…)


    Israel/Palestine often feels like a huge topic which can overwhelm us and make us think: What is it all about? What can we do? Watch this animated introduction to Israel/Palestine produced by Jewish Voice for Peace.  The video talks about a worldwide movement of hundreds and thousands of people across the world who are working for a just peace in Israel/Palestine. By becoming a Sabeel-Kairos Partner for Peace you will be joining this worldwide movement.


    Current issues/campaigns: Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan


    Young people like Muna El-Kurd, and her twin brother Mohammed, are helping to make known to the world the unjust treatment of Palestinians. Muna and Mohammed have an Israeli settler from the USA living in part of their house, and are threatened with eviction from their home.  Muna was arrested in June 2021 for peacefully protesting the theft of her home. Muna livestreams what is happening in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem, and has thousands of Instagram followers. It is the young people telling the stories that are starting to make the world sit up and listen.

    Meet Laura

    Laura is a young international student worker who has learnt about the situation in Palestine through the work of Sabeel-Kairos UK.  What she heard inspired her to pray for an end of the Israeli occupation and for peace in Palestine. While she prayed she remembered and honoured the lost, whilst celebrating freedom to come.

    Here she explains the symbolism of her painting: “Breakfast on the beach: hope for Palestine.”

    • The watermelon is a symbol of resistance.
    • The flower in the tear gas vase, remembering and honouring the lost.
    • The Palestinian Keffiyeh shows their intact identity and links with the original pattern from the fishing industry and I had John 1:12 on my mind whilst painting ‘ But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.’
    • After decades of living in fear without rights or freedom I have painted a picture of hope for Palestine to enjoy their beaches and eat in peace with Jesus. 

    Instagram @laura_joy_

    Annabelle’s story: Developing a passion for justice in Israel/Palestine

    I am a Russian Christian who came to the UK to study in Leeds in 2018.

    The two churches I attended before in Russia were both charismatic churches (Evangelical family of churches). Both of them had many things in common. They both believed in the idea of success and compulsory prosperity of a modern Christian. Moreover, they promoted ideas of only spiritual healing (all sicknesses come from the Devil) and non-negotiable obedience to leaders, as well, as “worshipping” of them. (more…)

    How can you become a Partner for Peace?

    Subscribe to the Sabeel ‘Wave of Prayer’

    Receive regular updates from the ground in Palestine to inform your prayers.

    Give regularly to our work

    Regular donations large or small helps us to plan our work.  Can you give £5, £10, £15 a month or more? You can donate quickly and securly here online:

    Join our young advocates forum (zoom)

    If you are new to the topic of Israel/Palestine come and learn more and ask your questions.  If you are already involved, meet with other young advocates to encourage, inspire and pray for each other in our work for a just peace. Contact our under 35’s engagement officer, Ruth Thomas on for more information or to join.

    Connect with us!

    Please contact Ruth our Engagement Officer (under 35s) if you would like to become a Partner for Peace or have any questions about how to get involved!

    Please also find and follow us on twitter, instagram, and facebook

    United Reformed Church adopts 10 resolutions on Israel/Palestine

    At their General Assembly last week the URC voted in favour of 10 resolutions, including a commitment not to knowingly invest in any company profiting from the occupation of Palestine. (more…)

    Map of Sabeel-Kairos Communities in the UK

    Our Sabeel-Kairos communities are made up of churches, groups and communities and all endorse our values and goals.  Some of these communities are active groups who host events and others are simply supporting churches. Please get in touch to ask to be put in touch with a group in your area.  


    Sabeel-Kairos Community Map

    Methodist Conference commends Cry for Hope to Churches for prayerful study

    We are delighted to report that the Methodist Church, in response to several memorials submitted by our campaigners, have responded with some substantial actions they wish Churches to take in the coming year to promote justice, peace and equality for Palestinians. (more…)

    Sanctions petition

    Many of us recently signed the parliamentary petition ‘Introduce sanctions against Israel’. After receiving the government’s official reply, which was less than satisfactory, our engagement officer Ruth wrote to her MP with a list of questions to challenge the response. (more…)

    Christian Zionism and the restoration of Israel: How should we interpret the scriptures?

    Colin Chapman has released his latest book, this time focusing on Christian Zionism. Find out how to order your copy here. (more…)

    Dear Archbishop Justin: Why are you silent on the suffering in Gaza?

    21 May

    Today we issued a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury questioning his silence over the last 11 days on the disproportionate violence against civilians in Palestine, and the lack of solidarity and support for the Palestinian people.  You can read our letter, and share in this action here. (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos UK Board of Trustees

    We are delighted to have a dedicated, experienced and passionate board of Trustees guiding and supporting the work we undertake. Please find their short biographies below. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine call to The Holy See (Vatican), The World Council of Churches and Church Leaders Worldwide for Solidarity and Action

    The Christian Palestinian Initiative, Kairos Palestine, urges the Christian community worldwide to act justly and speak the truth about Israel’s oppressive policies and practices, especially regarding violent attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem and Israel’s deadly assault on the people of Gaza. (more…)

    On the eve of Nakba Day, UK charities urge government and Parliament to uphold the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people as they face ongoing dispossession

    We are a group of UK-based humanitarian, development, human rights and faith organisations working for the rights of the Palestinian people. The world has been given a stark reminder on the eve of the 73rd anniversary of what is known by Palestinians as the Nakba (‘catastrophe’) that the dispossession that began in 1948 is a process that continues to this day. (more…)

    Methodists Divest from Caterpillar citing Palestinian Evictions

    5th May 2021

    The Methodist Church has sold its shares in the US-based company Caterpillar, citing the continued use of its equipment to destroy peoples’ homes as part of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories, and its poor record in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance. (more…)

    Our latest newsletter is out!

    Read our latest news here on the current situation in Jerusalem and Gaza, how you can take action to save Sheikh Jarrah, and praying for peace with justice. (more…)

    Human Rights Watch release ground-breaking report on Israeli Apartheid

    Tuesday 27 April: Today Human Rights Watch released a report titled: A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution. (more…)

    Watch again: Sabeel-Kairos Easter service

    If you missed our Easter Service ‘Hope will Rise’ and the inspirational address by Father Fadi Diab then we’re delighted to say you can watch it here on our YouTube channel! (more…)

    UK charities statement on the Prime Minister’s comments on the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation

    Sabeel-Kairos UK joins other charities in condemning the Prime Minister’s statement on the ICC’s investigation into alleged grave crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).


    Stop Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem!

    Over 1,500 Palestinians from neighborhoods in Jerusalem are facing threat of forced displacement and home demolitions by Israeli authorities. Children make up a large percentage of the families threatened with homelessness. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Easter Alert

    We are pleased to offer you the 2021 Kairos Palestine Easter Alert, focused on Jerusalem this year. (more…)

    Book review: Ancestral Journeys and Western Missions

    Revd. Dr. Stephen Sizer reviews this book by Anita Damiani-Shanley:

    ‘Ancestral Journeys is much more than the story of two families, one Arab and the other Scottish joined in marriage. It traces the influence of missionaries, archaeologists, traders and colonialists competing with each other for a share of the Near East as the Ottoman Empire met its demise’ (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos community groups

    Here are our active Sabeel-Kairos community groups, usually covering a town/city/region. If you would like to find out more about a group, or join one, please email us on so we can put you in touch with the group.

    Beckminster Methodist Church Sabeel-Kairos Community


    Bristol Sabeel-Kairos Community

    Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church

    Crosby Sabeel-Kairos Community

    Crosby, Liverpool

    Contact Kathleen Zimak:

    Hexham Sabeel-Kairos Community

    Amos Trust

    Christian Aid

    UK charity fighting global poverty – Christian Aid

    War on Want

    War on Want

    Palestinian Christians stand in support of Rev. Frank Chikane

    4th March 2021: We give thanks for and come alongside our Christian brother, Frank Chikane, who suffered many years for his courageous anti-apartheid work in South Africa. Now, our friend is unjustly criticized for his solidarity with Palestinians suffering under the apartheid state of Israel. (more…)

    Campaign Success!

    Sabeel-Kairos welcomes the resolution passed at Methodist Council last week calling for a revision to the existing investment policy in light of the changes on the ground in Israel and Palestine. (more…)

    How to host an online fundraiser

    If you would like to host an online fundraiser in your local group, community or parish we would love to hear from you.


    This is a great- and delicious- way to get your group back ‘together’ online, have some fun and stand in solidarity with Palestinians.  We run these session to support our campaign ‘Investing for Peace’.


    Please contact us at for more information.


    Read, sign and engage with Cry for Hope

    If you haven’t already done so, please take some time to look at the Palestinian-led ‘Cry for Hope’ – a call for decisive action. (more…)

    ‘We’re taking responsibility’: Sixty teens announce refusal to serve in Israeli army

    From +972 Magazine: Dozens of Israeli teens sign public letter objecting to military service over Israel’s policies of apartheid, neoliberalism, and denial of the Nakba. (more…)

    Listen again to our 2020 Advent Service!

    Following a wonderful advent service on the 19th December which many of you joined us for, we are delighted to offer you the chance to listen again – or for the first time – to Revd Naim Ateek’s powerful sermon, and to enjoy music by the inspirational Garth Hewitt.


    You can listen here (click on the image below to play) or directly on YouTube using the following link:


    Watch: Channel 4 video on British Palestinians and the history of colonialism

    Well done to Channel 4 for an excellent news report on the Palestinian experience of British colonialism, which also dealt with thorny issues such as the IHRA definition and shutting down of free speech regarding Israel. A must-watch! (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos Advent Service 2020

    We are delighted to invite you to our Advent Service!

    Featuring a live address by founder of Palestinian Liberation Theology Revd Naim Ateek, and festive songs by Gospel singer/Troubador Garth Hewitt, this is a Christmas treat not to be missed! (more…)

    Cornerstone, issue 82, Summer 2020


    The way we face our challenges determines the probability of overcoming our problems and the potential of coming out as stronger individuals and communities. In this edition of Cornerstone, Sabeel, with the help of a number of writers, we reflect on human nature and how people react when they face a major problem.


    Please click on the following link to access the latest Cornerstone Issue:

    Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2020

    Kairos Palestine is pleased to announce the 2020 Christmas Alert !

    This year the Christmas Alert sheds light on the importance of restoring a new hope amidst the new happenings worldwide that are affecting Palestine. We need new light and hope to come from the hearts of all believers in the Christmas message to encourage churches around the world to act! (more…)

    Resources: Sermons, Liturgies, Children’s resources and more

    Here is all the information you need for the November 29th!



    • Keep Awake Resources Page: Links to sermons, liturgies, children’s stories, worship resources, prayers, and more! All FREE to download and share. Includes voices from Kairos Palestine and the World Council of Churches.
    • Keep Awake Media and Outreach Guide: To help you invite your Church to be part of this, post on social media, and spread the word!
    • Recording of the Launch. FOSNA held a US launch a few days ago for the campaign. Click the link to hear first hand from some of the pastors and theologians who created the resources.

    We would love to find out which UK Churches are Preaching Palestine on the 29th November. Please fill out this simple google form to let us know.


    Register your Church here

    Register for the Global launch of Preach Palestine

    On Wednesday 11th November at 5pm GMT we invite you and your Church leaders to join us for an online seminar to launch the Preach Palestine Resources. 


    FOSNA will be hosting this event and will be introducing the purpose of the campaign, how to access all you need to take part, and answering any questions you might have.


    The event will take place on zoom. To register, please email us on  

    JCB face investigation by FCO into machinery used to demolish Palestinian homes

    Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights have issued a complaint to the FCO regarding JCB’s actions, which the FCO stated may have breached Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development guidelines on human rights. (more…)

    Rafeef Ziadeh: Order your copy of new album Three Generations! 

    THREE GENERATIONS is a poetic story-telling of Palestinian exile and determination, but also a response to  moments in the past few years – from the fire in Grenfell Tower, March of Return to the obsessive politics of Arab Idol!  I hope it captures even a small glimpse of the love and steadfastness of multiple generations who insisted on telling their truth with ‘joy and love against skies of steel”.


    Resistance Art 2021 Calendar Available to Order NOW

    Lets face it, we all want to see the end of 2020!  so why not look forward to 2021 with this beautiful calendar featuring the work of Palestinian Artist Ghassan Kanafani.  Click here to order. 


    Coalition Stop AXA Assistance to Israeli Apartheid

    AXA profits from Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. The French insurance company, the second biggest insurance company in the world, is active in 57 countries and has over 108 million clients.


    Even though AXA has human rights and environment policies it invests $7 million in three Israeli banks named in the UN database of companies involved in business with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise: Bank Leumi, Israeli Discount Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank. These banks operate branches in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian and Syrian territory (Golan Heights), providing mortgage loans for settlers and financial services to settlements’ local authorities for building projects.


    These complicit banks also work as “accompanying partners” by ensuring that the bank provides the construction company with all of the main financial services until the completion of the project. Without these banks many of the illegal Israeli settlement projects would have difficulty being implemented.


    AXA also owns 9 % of Equitable holdings (EHQ), which invests 157 million dollars in 5 Israeli banks, Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank, and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, as well as in Israel’s largest arms company, Elbit systems. Elbit is notorious for profiting from Israel’s siege on Gaza, “battle-testing” its killer drones, white phosphorus, sniper bullets and fighter jet parts, all deployed by the Israeli occupation army to murder or maim Palestinians. Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 drones were among Israel’s drones that murdered 164 Palestinian children in Gaza in 2014.


    The Coalition “Stop AXA Assistance to Israeli Apartheid” campaign calls on individuals, organisations and institutions worldwide to boycott AXA until it ends its complicity with Israeli apartheid and human rights violations.
    Sign the pledge here.
    Until AXA ends its support for Israeli apartheid and human rights violations against Palestinians,


    I Pledge to boycott AXA by refusing to buy its insurance products.


    I Appeal to other individuals, businesses, sports teams, institutions and trade unions to end all business, sponsorship and insurance contracts with AXA.


    Link to the BDS page here:



    Conference recording and other documents

    Thank you for joining us for a wonderful conference on Saturday 19th September. We are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to watch if you missed it, or listen again if you want to!


    On Saturday 19th September over 200 of us met online to hear from two inspirational Palestinians: Rev Dr Munther Isaac and Omar Haramy.


    We also enjoyed a time of worship and reflection led by gospel singer and troubadour Garth Hewitt, and heard how we can heed and take forward the Palestinian Cry for Hope in our UK Churches.


    Below is a list of documents and links that we mentioned during the conference which we hope you find useful.


    Many thanks again for joining us, and we look forward to working with you for a just peace in Palestine and Israel in the coming year!

    Sign the Petition: Cry for Hope

    To sign the petition, please click here.

    Cry for Hope Letter from Palestine

    Please find the full version of Cry for Hope from Palestine here:  cry-for-hope-english

    A Cry for Hope Movement Action: Write to Your Local Church

    If you were at our conference you will have seen the launch of our UK ‘Cry for Hope’ campaign in which we are writing to our local clergy to invite them to join a small and intimate online discussion with Palestinian Christian theologians to help deepen your understanding of what our Palestinian Christian family are facing in their daily lives and what you and your church can so to stand in solidarity with them here in the UK.


    Global Response to Israeli apartheid: A call to the UNGA from Palestinian and international Civil Society Organizations

    Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end. In May 2020, a large number of Palestinian civil society organisations called on all States to adopt “effective countermeasures, including sanctions, to end Israel’s unlawful acquisition of Palestinian territory through use of force, its regime of apartheid, and its denial of our inalienable right to self-determination.”


    Balfour Project Peace Advocacy Fellowship Programme 2020-2021

    The Balfour Project has launched the Peace Advocacy Fellowship Programme for 2020-1.


    They are hoping to recruit up to ten fellows, following on from the very successful pilot project during the last academic year. Fellows will advocate the Balfour Project approach to peace on campus, including calling for British Government recognition of the state of Palestine alongside Israel and raising public awareness about our historical and ongoing responsibility to work for equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis.


    A THANK YOU from Palestinian activist, Mahmoud Nawaja

    Dear supporter 


    It was 3:30 am, just before Eid al-Adha. We had prepared ourselves to celebrate the holiday in our new dream home, which took us years to finish. Tens of Israeli soldiers, with dogs, stormed our home, terrifying our three children. They took me blindfolded and handcuffed to a military interrogation center near Haifa. I wish I could visit beautiful Palestinian Haifa under different circumstances!


    Joint annexation statement – calling on public bodies to uphold international law

    Sabeel-Kairos UK has joined over 20 charities, trade unions, religious groups, and civil society organisations signing a statement urgently calling on public bodies to “uphold their ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure human rights and international law are respected” as a direct response to Israel’s plans to illegally annex Palestinian land in the West Bank. (more…)

    For Gaza: let’s escalate BDS campaigns to hold Israel accountable

    The Palestinian BDS National Committee makes a powerful statement regarding Israel’s latest bombing of Gaza. Read the full statement below. (more…)

    World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

    The World Council of Churches invites you to join them in praying and acting for peace in Palestine and Israel from the 13-21 September. The theme is ‘Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility‘ and links to the resources can be found below. (more…)

    Free Mahmoud Nawajaa

    Leading BDS activist Mahmoud Nawajaa was dragged from his home on 30th July at 3:30am. Israeli forces stormed his house, blindfolded him, handcuffed him and took him away from his wife and three young children. No charges or evidence of criminal activity have been presented against Mahmoud, yet he remains in administrative detention in Israel. Write to your MP today to demand his release! (more…)

    Open letter from Bethlehem Clergy

    Bethlehem Christians warn: ‘annexation could be the final straw when it comes to a viable Christian presence in Palestine, as well as the national aspirations to live in freedom, independence, dignity and equality in our homeland in accordance with international law.’  (more…)

    Cry for Hope: Global Coalition of Christians Issues Call for Palestinian Justice

    On the day of proposed illegal annexation of the West Bank, Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice release Cry for Hope: A Call to Decisive Action

    Because we cannot serve God and the oppression of Palestinians (more…)

    Leicester Sabeel-Kairos community

    Reflections during lockdown

    During lockdown two of our trustees have shared reflections and poems that have helped them keep perspective during this challenging time. We hope you find them as inspiring as we did! (more…)

    UK charities ask: Is the UK government abandoning the Palestinian people?

    29 June 2020

    As a group of UK-based humanitarian, development, human rights and faith organisations working to support the rights and welfare of the Palestinian people, we are gravely concerned by the Israeli Government’s threat to annex more Palestinian land.The UK government has, at times, asserted that annexation ‘could not pass unchallenged’.  A reluctance to declare clearly what meaningful steps it will take in response is contributing to a fear of international abandonment felt by Palestinians.


    Sabeel-Kairos 2020 Conference: Important Update!

    Please visit our conference landing page to find out what changes we are making to our 2020 conference.

    Black Lives Matter – A Declaration of Solidarity by Kairos Palestine

    23 June 2020.

    Kairos Palestine expresses its unequivocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement and everyone working for racial justice in USA, the demands of which have resonated in communities around the world. (more…)

    Twinning with Palestine

    The Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network – make friends, build solidarity, inspire hope.

    The Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network (BPFTN) is a membership body bringing together autonomous groups who share a common aim: to develop links with Palestinian partners and people to increase mutual understanding, solidarity and cooperation. We were established in 2005 and promote and support twinning and friendship between a range of different British and Palestinian communities and groups.

    We believe that by deepening friendship, understanding and connections between the people of the UK and Palestine through friendship and twinning links, we can change hearts and minds and raise awareness of the ongoing injustice experienced by the Palestinian people.

    We have a broad understanding of what friendship and twinning mean- we have member groups who are officially twinned with towns but many others that are informally linked through friendship and other connections- we warmly welcome any group that shares our aims. You don’t have to have a direct link with a specific place- believing and acting in friendship with Palestine and its people is what matters.

    You can read all about what we do, how to set up a group, browse our resources, and find out more about Palestine and we’d love to hear from anyone who wants to know more, would be interested in joining the network or setting up a group. Please get in touch – or visit our website:

    Annexation is illegal, morally corrupt, and threatens the lives of all in the Holy Land. Churches and civil society must speak up.

    Call to Action by Sabeel-Kairos UK. May, 2020


    Israel’s new coalition government has announced[1] that from as early as July 1st it will legislate to formally annex parts of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley. Annexation, as well as being illegal under international law[2], threatens the livelihoods, hopes and daily lives of thousands of Palestinians, who are already experiencing severe restrictions under Israeli occupation since 1967. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Statement: The Dire Consequences of Israel’s “Coalition Government”

    April 30th, 2020. The board of Kairos Palestine raises an alarm regarding the consequences of the third failed Israeli election in less than a year.  The resulting coalition entered on April 20, 2020, combines two of the most right-wing parties—Bennie Gantz’s Blue and White and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud—in a deal that directly threatens Palestinians’ freedom, health and human rights. (more…)

    Israel’s new government isn’t a unity coalition. It’s a monster

    From Middle East Eye: Billed as an emergency administration to combat coronavirus, this latest line-up just uses Gantz as a fig leaf for annexation


    Coronavirus update from Palestine (APRIL / MAY 2020)

    Palestine is officially on lock down and the West Bank has more or less been shut down completely.  The streets in Bethlehem and Ramallah remain completely empty this week, with all shops closed. (more…)

    BDS release Fact Sheet: Coronavirus under Israeli Apartheid

     Corona Under Apartheid

    “Epidemics … are disproportionately violent to populations burdened by poverty, military occupation, discrimination and institutionalised oppression.” (more…)

    Easter in Jerusalem: Holy Saturday Service with Sabeel

    On Holy Saturday this year over a thousand people gathered virtually to share in a powerful time of prayer and reflection.

    Sabeel elders from Jerusalem share lessons of liberation and spiritual survival in the midst of continued dispossession, health crises, and international chaos. During this Easter season, with disruption and death looming we gather together to remember that just as Jesus died on the cross to reveal the eternal, divinity has been revealed in the midst of physical destruction. This powerful service of prayers, readings, and hymns brings hearts closer together as closures continue to separate us.

    You can view and partake in the gathering below:

    Easter in Jerusalem: Holy Saturday Service with Sabeel

    Our Sabeel elders from Jerusalem share lessons of liberation and spiritual survival in the midst of continued dispossession, health crises, and international chaos. During this Easter season, with disruption and death looming we gather together to remember that just as Jesus died on the cross to reveal the eternal, divinity has been revealed in the midst of physical destruction. This powerful service of prayers, readings, and hymns brings hearts closer together as closures continue to separate us.

    Gepostet von Friends of Sabeel North America FOSNA am Samstag, 11. April 2020


    Viral Occupation | COVID19 and the Occupation Economy

    ‘Who Profits’ have released a new and dynamic report where they monitor and analyze the unfolding coronavirus crisis in occupied Palestine. The report will be continually updated as new developments take place. You can find all the latest info from the report here.


    The present crisis caused by COVID-19 has laid bare the inequality and violence at the heart of the current global economic system where profit accumulation comes at the expense of our collective rights. As people live in fear and uncertainty of the unfolding crisis’ impact, governments and corporate capital are seizing the opportunity to tighten their control and generate profit.

    In this dynamic report, Who Profits will monitor the developments on the ground, providing analysis and sources of the unfolding of the COVID-19 crisis in occupied Palestine. Monitoring developments in Palestine is crucial not because Palestine is an exceptional case, but precisely because it is not. As one political economist put it, Gaza (and Palestine more broadly) may be “the proverbial canary in the COVID-19 coal mine.”

    There is no doubt that for Palestinians living under occupation, the acute shortage of testing kits, protective gear and ICU capacity is only the tip of the iceberg. A host of structural issues inevitably compound the virus’ devastating impact.

    While it is still too early to tell how the COVID-19 will impact the global and local economy, we can begin by posing the right questions with the following framing in mind:

        1. COVID-19 is not operating in a vacuum. As it spreads through Israeli-occupied Palestinian and Syrian land, it is interacting with the structures of occupation which, while far from novel, are every bit as adaptive, resistant and continually mutating as any member of the corona family.
        2. COVID-19 will not function as a ‘Great Equalizer’ – The myth that a pandemic does not discriminate between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the dispossessed, is patently false. An occupied and besieged population and a systematically de-developed economy are particularly vulnerable to both COVID-19 and the economic fallout.
        3. Desperate times legitimize repressive measures. Declaring a state of emergency often provides the pretext for the introduction of new repressive and exploitative measures and the entrenchment and legitimization of existing ones.
        4.  What happens in Palestine does not stay in Palestine. A key reason Israel is continually looking to diversify its portfolio of repression is that it can later turn it outward for economic profit and political gains.

    This page will be updated as the situation continues to evolve. If you have further information or specific queries, please contact us at or through the information center.

    Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2020

    Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is marked this year on April 17th. Today more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails face the ongoing threat of settler colonialism, apartheid and occupation, accompanied by the new threat to their health and lives posed by the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19), accentuated by institutionalized Israeli medical negligence.


    EAPPI – Urgent Campaign Action to MPs

    Yesterday (5th May) our friends at EAPPI launched a campaign action targeted at UK MPs regarding Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank (including the Jordan Valley) from July 1st. Please take urgent action today to help prevent the imminent annexation of occupied Palestine (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Easter Alert 2020

    Kairos Palestine have released their 2020 Easter Alert. This years alert comes from Bethlehem in lockdown. In this alert we hear of the deteriorating situation in Palestine this Easter. It is hoped that this alert will encourage Parishes, lay-persons and clergy all around the world to remember this season that marks the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.


    The Palestinian Battle against Coronavirus | A Fight Exacerbated by the Continued Israeli Occupation

    The YWCA of Palestine calls on the international community to speak up for Palestinians who are fighting the coronavirus under occupation. Please read the full statement here. (more…)

    Stop Israeli killer drones from intensifying the EU’s border militarisation

    The ECCP (European coordination of committees and associations for Palestine) have released a statement and call to action. Israel’s drones, most made by Elbit Systems, killed 164 Palestinian children in Gaza in 2014. Now the EU uses Elbit drones for anti-refugee policies. Sign this Petition telling the EU to stop financing Israel’s war crimes and respect refugee rights. See the full statement with action ideas below: (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos joins 15 other organisations in joint statement to UK Government

    A group of leading organisations working on justice and peace in Palestine and Israel have issued a joint statement urging the UK Government to challenge the US ‘Peace Plan’. Read the full statement below. (more…)

    Sabeel Kairos Conference 2020 | You cannot serve God and the occupation


    Israel Bans Palestinian Exports

    The Israeli Ministry of Defence announced a ban on Palestinians exporting their agricultural fresh produce via Jordan earlier this month. (more…)

    Who Profits statement on UN list – a positive yet partial step

    Israeli organisation Who Profits that have recorded the activities of over 400 companies complicit in profiting from the occupation release a statement on the UN list released last week.


    Lenten Reflections 2020

    The Lenten season is traditionally a time of prayer and expectation. At this time of year Christians in Palestine and around the world keep a forty-day period of fasting and prayer for Lent leading up to Holy Week and Easter. We too encourage you to take some time to reflect and to pray for our brothers and sisters in Palestine during this period. We think in particular of those in Gaza who will not be allowed permits to visit loved ones this Easter. (more…)

    Parliamentarians express grave concern over Trump’s so-called ‘peace plan’ for Israel and the Palestinians.

    You can download the letter here

    The full letter reads:

    Dear Prime Minister,
    We are writing to you as a group of cross-party parliamentarians to express our grave concern over the contents of US President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘peace plan’ for Israel and the Palestinians. (more…)

    Bishops reject “Peace for Prosperity” plan and insist on the upholding of International Law

    Our governments have a responsibility to uphold International law and protect human dignity in the Holy Land. This unilateral initiative does not do so.. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Statement on The American declaration on peace in the Middle East

    “Peace, peace, they say when there is no peace” (Jeremiah: 6:14)

    The position announced by the U.S. administration regarding what they termed as the ‘deal of the century’ was in fact an insult to history, humanity, the Palestinian people, and the American dignity itself.


    Pax Christi UK

    Pax Christi UK

    Sabeel-Kairos joins 15 other organisations in joint statement to UK Government

    A group of leading organisations working on justice and peace in Palestine and Israel have issued a joint statement urging the UK Government to challenge the US ‘Peace Plan’. Read the full statement below.


    International Group of Bishops Stand in Solidarity with Israel and Palestine

    Holy Land Coordination

    We must not ignore the voice of people in the Holy Land

    Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by their enduring resilience and faith in a worsening situation. (more…)

    Reflections from Palestine – Charlotte Marshall

    It was a privilege and pleasure to spend 9 days in Palestine at the beginning of December, celebrating the 10th anniversary since the launch of the Kairos document ‘A Moment of Truth’ and the first ‘international Gathering’ organised by Sabeel Jerusalem. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Christmas message

    Blessed are the peacemakers,

    for they will be called children of God.

    Jesus, Matthew 5:9


    Send a message of hope to Palestine this Christmas

    This Christmas we invite you to send a personal message of hope, solidarity and friendship to our partners – Sabeel Jerusalem and Kairos Palestine – and the communities they work with.


    Boris Johnson to pass law banning local councils from joining the BDS campaign against Israel

    Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said “All those who believe in international law, human rights and freedom of expression must vigorously oppose this legislation.”


    Kairos Palestine 10th Anniversary Conference – Call to the Church November 29, 2019

    Conference Statement & Call to the Church
    November 29, 2019


    Meeting in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, we are over 350 persons— women and men, young and old, lay and clergy, Palestinians and friends from all over the world—reaching out to the Church on the Tenth Anniversary of Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Statement on the U.S Secretary of State legalizing settlements

    November 21, 2019

    Kairos Palestine expresses deep disappointment that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced—in a statement that disregards the Geneva Conventions, international law and widespread global consensus—a radical departure from U.S. policy regarding the illegal colonial activities of the State of Israel. 


    Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2019

    Kairos Palestine have just launched their 2019 Christmas Alert!

    This makes a fantastic study resource for the 4 Sundays of Advent, with each week containing a new topic for reflection, prayer and action. Topics include ‘The religious implications of the deal of the century on Christians’ by Rev Dr Stephen Sizer, and ‘Hope is our refuge’ by Yasmine Rishwari. Rounding up the resource is a wonderful Christmas day message by Palestinian theologian Munther Isaac titled ‘This is why for the poor the Gospel is good news!’

    We hope you enjoy this resource, which is available for free below.

    The Episcopal Church (USA) adopts and implements an Investment Screen

    At their fall meeting in Montgomery, Ala. the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church adopted and implemented a human rights investment screen to respond to a 2018 General Convention resolution, which directs The Episcopal Church to “join with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s action, CA 16.06.31, “Justice for the Holy Land Through Responsible Investment.”


    Sabeel-Kairos statement on the Methodist Church response to Memorials M37-50 on the situation in Israel/Palestine

    This year 12 Methodist Circuits and 5 Synods across Britain submitted a Memorial to Methodist Conference pertaining to the deteriorating situation in Israel/Palestine, and the need for the Church to take concrete actions to end any complicity in the occupation. In this report we analyse the events leading up to the conference, and the response of the Methodist Church to this groundswell of support for Palestine from it’s members.


    UK Parliamentarians urge immediate publication of a database listing companies involved in settlement-related activities

    UK Parliamentarians urge immediate publication of a database listing companies involved in settlement-related activities that infringes human rights of Palestinians.


    British Parliamentarians demand British Prime Minister act robustly to any Israeli annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory

    108 British Parliamentarians demand British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson act robustly to any Israeli annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory. In the letter, sent from the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group, the Parliamentarians insisted that the British Government andd its partners in Europe should respond robustly to demonstrate that flouting international law will have serious consequences for their relationship with Israel, just as there were consequences for Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.


    Fundraising resources

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new fundraising resources, including recipe cards and invitations for a Palestinian Brunch and an Olive Oil tasting evening pack – courtesy of the Olive Tree Kitchen! Please download the resources you need from the list below or get in touch with us if you would like further support/ideas in running a fundraising event.

    Kairos Palestine release statement on House Demolitions

    Kairos Palestine’s statement on House Demolitions Perpetrated by the Israeli Occupation Authorities

    Everywhere, and throughout the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Israeli authorities demolish the houses of Palestinians, which the international law stipulates that they be protected and preserved by the occupying authority. In violation to the said law and to implement colonial plans, the Israeli authorities demolish houses, confiscate lands and build settlements on their ruins.

    In 2018, the Israeli authorities demolished 2775 Bedouins’ houses in the Negev. People resisted such measures and had their homes rebuilt. The town of al-Araqib, for example, was demolished and rebuilt 145 times. The Jahalin Bedouins of East Jerusalem have suffered a similar ordeal.

    In Sourbaher, east of Jerusalem, dozens of houses that existed for years were demolished weeks ago. In Jerusalem, houses have been demolished under the pretext of not having a building permit, or with the intention of displacing the Palestinian population and Judaizing the Holy City. Very recently, a house and a restaurant of a Christian family, in Beit-Jala (Bethlehem area), were demolished according to an arbitrary court decision. The court ruled that the land of this Christian family, inherited from their ancestors, through generations, was not their own. It ordered that the house and restaurant be demolished and the property transferred to the settlers.

    Justifications for such actions may include: Violating the laws of the planning department, lack of building permits, or reprisals against individual Palestinian militant attacks on Israeli targets. Indeed, the Israelis impose collective punishment on the families and relatives of militants by demolishing their houses.

    A family house is sacred as much as the family. It is a sacred place exactly as a place of worship. People work hard and for their entire life to have their own house built. Yet, it is demolished simply because of an arbitrary and inhumane military decision. The Israelis build settlements in violation to international laws, to the law of nature and to God’s commandments. God said: do not steal. The settlers law says: steal any Palestinian land to build a settlement. Indeed, the houses of settlers are constructed on confiscated i.e. stolen Palestinian land.

    We are aware of the fact that we are addressing people with a hard heart, when it comes to the demolition of Palestinian houses. Hearts as hard as their bulldozers that demolish constructed Palestinian houses, resulting in the displacement of thousands of people and depriving them from a home. Their main goal is to compel Palestinians to go away, in every possible way. Houses’ demolitions are one way. Our only sin is that we are in our houses and our land. Their real wish for us is not to exist.

    The strength of the weak confronting the oppressor is simply in their natural rights, in remaining steadfast even on the ruins of their houses and against the will of those who wish them to go or not to exist.

    The weak’s strength is in God, as says the Psalm: “The needy is not forgotten forever, not for ever does the hope of the poor come to nothing (Ps 9:18), and also: :For he rescues the needy who calls to him, and the poor who has no one to help. 3 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the needy from death” (Ps 71: 12-13).

    Israel’s survival depends on justice and peace. The power of injustice and weapon does not guarantee survival, nor does it work in confronting people living in their land and homes. Demolition of Palestinian houses and racist statements on the part of some Israeli officials or rabbis are lately getting aggravated. Such racist statements are being instilled in the mind of young generations. The only way for Israel’s survival is justice, and respect of the indigenous owners of the land, whatever has been the history.

    We address the state of Israel with a genuine word of truth: It is God’s law that preserves and protects, but laws of demolition can only lead to the demolition of the lawmaker himself. Israelis should always remember that they are the creation of God, and that Palestinians are the creation of God too. In order to guarantee their security, future and survival, Israeli’s must deal with Palestinians on the basis of the God given equality and dignity.

    Wave of Prayer – Thursday 4th July

    The Wave of Prayer ministry enables local and international friends of Sabeel to pray over regional concerns on a weekly basis. Sent to Sabeel’s network of supporters, the prayer is used in services around the world and during Sabeel’s Thursday Communion service; as each community in its respective time zone lifts these concerns in prayer at noon every Thursday, this ‘wave of prayer’ washes over the world.
    Sabeel Wave of Prayer – Thursday 4th July 2019

    On Friday, 28 June 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 64th   Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces wounded 128 Palestinian civilians, including 38 children, 3 women, 7 paramedics, and a journalist. Four of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

    • Lord, we continue to pray for the people of Gaza as they raise their voices in protest. May your will be done so that all the people of this land may come to enjoy the fruits of a just peace.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

    This week marks one of three occasions in the year designated as a Kumi Check-in when supporters of Kumi Now are encouraged to evaluate the initiative. Comments on the entries or the non-violent actions demonstrating solidarity with Palestinians would be especially welcome during the first week of July by email,()

    • Dear Lord, we thank you for the Kumi Now initiative which seeks to inform and to suggest ways of engaging with non-violent actions to show support for Palestinians living under the Israeli occupation.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

    An economic workshop took place In Bahrain on Tuesday, the 25th of June and Wednesday, the 26th of June. The event hosted delegations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt. There were no delegations from Palestine or Israel. The Palestinian Authority boycotted the event after the Trump administration recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Jared Kushner called for major economic investment in the Palestinian Territories, as well as in Jordan, the Lebanon and Egypt, without specifying where such investment would come from. The political details of the White House plan remain secret.

    • Lord, we pray for the Palestinian people as they watch their future debated in Bahrain without consideration for the internationally recognised rights and concerns. We pray that they and their supporters may not lose heart but remain steadfast in their pursuit of a just peace in Palestine/Israel.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer

    Oman announced it would open an embassy in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. The official pronouncement coincided with the second day of the Bahrain workshop. It was designed to affirm the sultanate’s continued support for the Palestinian people.

    • Dear Lord, we pray that the presence of the Omani Embassy in Ramallah will help their government keep well informed about the struggles faced by Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

    U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt broke open a new tunnel running under a Palestinian village in East Jerusalem during a ceremony inaugurating a settler archaeological project. The ceremony, inaugurating the “Path of the Pilgrims” in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, was organized by the settler organization Elad.

    • Lord, we pray that the undermining of the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem in the name of archaeology will come to an end. May the US and Israeli officials and settler bodies come to accept that the internationally accepted division of Jerusalem cannot be changed by underhanded means.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

    Salwa Qubti has finally won her forty-year legal battle with the Israeli military. She has been fighting for the right to visit the grave of her father who died in the Nakba over seventy years ago. His grave lies in the Christian cemetery in the village of Ma’lul in the Nazareth area and an Israeli Air Force base is now located over its ruins. Salwa never met her father as she was born in July 1948, four months after her father’s death and burial. The family were expelled from the village by Israelis and sent to live in Nazareth.

    • Dear Lord, we thank you that Salwa will now feel some sense of closure as she has finally been permitted to visit her father’s grave. We pray that she will be accompanied by her relatives to help her travel, as she is now confined to a wheelchair.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer

    World Refugee Day was marked on Thursday, the 20th of June. UNRWA records show that the number of registered Palestinian refugees in 2018 came to about 6 million,
    which accounts for about half the number of Palestinians throughout the world, (about 13 million). Palestinian refugees live in Jordan, Syria, the Lebanon, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, while two thirds of the population of Gaza are refugees suffering unemployment and extreme poverty.

    • Dear Jesus, when you set out on your ministry in the Holy Land you had no home to call your own. We pray that you will look with mercy on those who have fled and who continue to flee from danger, homelessness and hunger. We pray too that you will bless those who work to bring relief to those suffering poverty and despair.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.
    • We join with the World Council of Churches in their prayers for the countries of Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
      Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

    NEW: Investing for Peace Campaign postcard

    Please find our campaign postcard here. You can download and print this, or order copies directly from us.


    Adam Sutcliffe on anti-Semitism

    Our 3rd speaker was Adam Sutcliffe from Independent Jewish Voices who offered a fascinating presentation about anti-Semitism. Adam highlighted some of the challenges that we commonly face in our work for a just peace in Palestine and offered strategies of how we can move forward in our work. (more…)

    Rifat Kassis – Speaks from the heart

    Perhaps our most anticipated talk of the day came from Rifat Kassis who joined us all the way from Palestine. Rifat is the Director of Kairos Palestine and one of its founding members. (more…)

    David Cronin takes a long view

    Our first speaker was David Cronin, a journalist and political activist living in Brussels. David gave us an insightful and historical long view of Britain’s detrimental involvement in Palestine and the middle East. (more…)


    The Gaza Strip is in the grips of a humanitarian crisis. This crisis is man made and is getting worse. The 11 year blockade by Israel has cut the people of Gaza off from Palestine and from the rest of the world. Experts predict Gaza will become unlivable by 2020. (more…)

    Sabeel-Kairos and partners letter of support to Kairos Palestine

    Sabeel-Kairos have written a letter of support to Kairos Palestine. The letter comes following the German Bundestag’s passage of a resolution condemning the International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and equating it with anti-Semitism.



    In the letter we express our unequivocal solidarity with the Kairos Palestine Movement and join in condemnation of human rights violations and discriminatory measures under the brutal occupation. We condemn the many atrocities being committed by the Israeli regime and express our deep regret that the Bundestag will help to put Israel above the law.



    We join Kairos Palestine is urging the German Bundestag to review its faulty and racist resolution and, instead, issue a call for peace with justice that restores their long-lost justice.




    The letter has been written on behalf of Sabeel-Kairos staff, Board of Trustees, Associated churches, communities and individuals

    Kairos Palestine calls on Bundestag to reverse BDS decision


    The Nakba at Home – 71 years of displacement.

    By Phoebe Rison, Advocacy worker, Sabeel-Kairos


    Sabeel Theology Centre Presentation

    An overview of the work of Sabeel Jerusalem, including an introduction to liberation theology.


    Reflections on Gaza by Patriarch Michel Sabbah


    Call for the UK government to formally recognise the State of Palestine

    The UK government should formally recognise the State of Palestine based on 1967 lines with Jerusalem as a shared capital. To enable this, the UK government should act robustly to prevent annexation of territory by the State of Israel as well as facilitating peace, justice and dignity for all. (more…)

    Kairos Palestine Easter Alert

    Kairos Palestine is pleased to announce the Easter Alert 2019.


    Zochrot Vision Paper on the Right of Return

    Sabeel-Kairos have just endorsed the Zochrot Return Council’s Vision Paper which seeks to realize and support the implementation of the right of return for Palestinian Refugees and IDPs.


    Sabeel-Kairos 2019 Conference: Faith into Action

    We are delighted to confirm details for our yearly conference, which will be held this Saturday 29th June at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX.

    We are excited to announce that we will be hosting four fantastic key speakers. Rifat Kassis, from Kairos Palestine, David Cronin, author and blogger on Israel/Palestine, and Professor Adam Sutcliffe, from Independent Jewish Voices. You can read more about the speakers below.

    We will also be hearing about Sabeel-Kairos’s Investing for Peace campaign alongside campaign partner War on Want, and engaging in a panel debate and plenty of discussion! There will be chance to buy Palestinian crafts and food, view exhibitions and information stalls, and meet like-minded supporters from across the UK.

    Booking onto the conference

    Booking is now closed for our 2019 Conference. If you didn’t manage to book in time then we hope to see you in 2020!

    Additional information

    For information about travel to and from the venue please follow this link:

    About our speakers:

    Rifat Kassis:

    Rifat is the Director of Kairos Palestine and one of it’s founding members. Born in Beit Sahour, Rifat has long been active in the Palestinian struggle on a number of non-violent fronts, not least on the national and international rights-based advocacy scene. He was arrested several times by Israel for his human rights and community work. Throughout his career, he has been advocating and actively campaigning for the effective application of international human rights and humanitarian law in Palestine, through various professional and voluntary positions.

    David Cronin:

    David is an Irish journalist and political activist living in Brussels. He is associate editor of The Electronic Intifada, and has written for a variety of publications, including including the Guardian and Wall Street Journal Europe. His books include Balfour’s Shadow: A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel published in 2017 and Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation published in 2010.

    Prof Adam Sutcliffe

    Adam Sutcliffe is Professor of European History at Kings College London and has an extensive academic record. He is particularly interested in the place of Judaism and Jewish themes in Western thought, on which he has published widely. Adam has frequently been involved in public engagement and expert media commentary, including radio and television interviews, on issues relating to Jewish history, perceptions of Jews and Judaism, minority communities and migration histories in Britain, and approaches to antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other prejudices.

    Ryvka Barnard

    Ryvka works as Senior Campaigns Officer (Militarism and Security) for War on Want, and campaigns against human rights abuses associated with the growing power of the military and security industry, with a special focus on the UK-Israel arms trade. She writes frequently on the topic in IndyVoices, Middle East Eye and has appeared on the BBC and other broadcast channels discussing these issues. Ryvka has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University where she specialised in the politics of tourism development in the occupied West Bank. 

    Sabeel Wave of Prayer- Thursday 7th February 2019


    Sabeel Jerusalem 2018 report

    We are pleased to share with you the 2018 annual report from Sabeel Jerusalem.

    Sabeel Christmas Message 2018

    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,

    and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called,

    Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God,

    The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace


    Sabeel Christmas Message 2018


    ‘Do not be afraid, for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people…’ (Luke 2:10)


    Sabeel Theology


    The Theology of Sabeel: What We Believe
    Notes from a Talk by Naim Ateek, July 31, 2008, Milwaukie, Oregon


    Ten Characteristics of Sabeel’s Theology


    It is a contextual theology. Sabeel’s theology arises from a particular context, namely, the Palestinian historical context and experience of oppression under the state of Israel.


    It is a liberation theology. We seek, like all liberation theologies, liberation from a particular situation of injustice.


    It is an ecumenical theology. We seek to bring together all Palestinian Christians, all the Christians of the land of Palestine who have been divided by so many schisms going back to the 4th century A.D., to work together as one Palestinian local church.


    It is an interfaith theology. We seek to bring together Jews, Christians and Muslims, the three peoples of the Abrahamic faiths, to work together for justice and peace in this one land.


    It is not identified with any one political party, but we are not apolitical. Rather we deal with politics and with all reality, from a faith perspective. We speak from a comprehensive reality of life.


    It is not just critical theology. Rather we offer solutions; we provide a vision of alternatives to the present unjust situation.


    It is Biblically-based. We seek to counteract the misuse of the Bible, but offer a deeply rooted vision of how the Bible points to justice, liberation and peace, from the context of a theology of the land.


    We critique Christian Zionism. Christian Zionism is a prime example of the misuse of the Bible to promote violence, racism and injustice. We show why this kind of theology is not authentic to the Bible.


    We also address the apathy of mainline Christians. Christian Zionism is not just a problem of evangelical conservatives. There is a subtle and more diffuse theology of main line Christians which justifies domination of the land and Palestinian people from the perspective of ideas of election, chosenness and the promised land, as well as recompense for the Holocaust. We critique the mistaken premises of this kind of mainline Christian thinking, especially in the West, that promotes Christian silence and apathy toward the Palestinian plight.


    It is a theology of non-violence. We reject all forms of violence and seek to follow Jesus in the Way of non-violence toward authentic justice and peace.



    Eight Themes of Sabeel’s Theology


    Sabeel’s theological vision explores eight key themes:


    We address the issue of God. What kind of a God do we believe in? A racist God who chooses one people against others, or a loving God of all peoples?


    We focus on Jesus Christ as the criterion of interpretation of the Biblical message. This means we emphasize not just Jesus’ divinity, but the fullness of his humanity in his historical context and reality, as a Palestinian Jew living under the occupation of the Roman empire. We are followers of Jesus Christ in his way of non-violent resistance to imperial occupation.


    It is a prophetic theology. We stand in the line of the great prophets of ancient Israel in their unmasking of injustice and call for justice.


    We stand particularly in the line of the theology of the book of Jonah, the first Palestinian liberation theologian, which we see as the climax of the theology of the Old Testament, and which dismantles the theology of exclusivism and racism of his day. The theology of the book of Jonah discloses a) an inclusive God, a God of all nations; b) an inclusive people of God, a people that includes those on both sides of nationalist conflicts, the Ninevites, as well as Israel; today the people of Iraq, as well as the West; in Palestine, Jews and Palestinians; and c) a theology of the land for all the peoples of the land.


    It is an anti-imperial theology. It critiques all theologies of empire, whether the Roman empire in the Biblical context, or American empire today. Sabeel stands in the tradition of the anti-imperial theologies of both Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament.


    We challenge Son of David Christology, a messianic theology with its imperial designs, in favour of a Suffering Servant Christology. We reject the false fusion of Suffering Servant Christology with Son of David Christology that occurred later in the Church’s history with its integration into the Constantinian Roman empire. We root ourselves in the Suffering Servant Christology of the early Church with its witness to the non-violent way of the cross.


    Ours is a theology of peace and reconciliation. This is not peace at any price, but a way to peace through justice which brings authentic reconciliation of estranged peoples into a new relation of just peace.


    We offer a vision of a political solution through the two-state solution, that can provide the basis of genuine equality for two sovereign states that can then negotiate a fuller peace with justice between Israel and Palestine, as well as with the many neighbouring peoples of the region.

    About Sabeel

    Is Sabeel a political organization, or a religious one?

    This question assumes that a movement’s goal is religious only if it is completely non-political. But in fact all religious faith communities are intertwined with the whole of society, in its legal, political, social, economic and ideological structures.


    What is liberation theology?

    Liberation theologies recognise that faith addresses the whole of personal and social life from a faith perspective. Thus a Palestinian liberation theology necessarily addresses the political and social systems that are obstructing justice and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians and seeks to change those toward social and political patterns that will express just relationships.


    Does Sabeel recognise the legitimacy of the Israeli state?

    Yes, Sabeel recognises the national aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.  Sabeel believes that the stories of both peoples, specifically the history of the founding of the state of Israel and the Nakba that accompanied it, must be re-examined, reclaimed and honoured by both sides in the fullness of truth.

    The official history of Israel, particularly since the 1948 war, has often falsified Israel’s history to legitimise its occupation of the land and the displacement of the Palestinians. In recent decades there has been a remarkable development of revisionist history of Israel by Israeli Jews, such as Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 and Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. This revisionist history confirms what the Palestinians have always known from their own experience from 1948. The purpose of this critical history written by both Israeli Jews and Palestinians is not to demonise Israel, but to recognise the injustice that has been done to Palestinians in the creation and maintenance of the state of Israel in order to create more just relations between these two peoples.


    Does Sabeel believe that international law is an appropriate guide when evaluating proposals for a just peace in the Land?

    Yes, Sabeel believes that international law is an indispensable guide for the peace process.

    International law as enunciated by United Nations Resolutions has overwhelmingly affirmed the rights of the Palestinians to return to their homes and lands from which they were driven in 1948-9 or to be compensated for them. Such resolutions have continually opposed Israel’s land confiscations and building of settlements on Palestinian land. To view these U.N. resolutions on Israel/Palestine, see United Nations Resolutions on Palestine and the Arab-Israel Conflict (Institute of Palestine Studies)


    What is Sabeel’s stance on Palestinian terrorism?

    Sabeel does not excuse any form of terrorism, Palestinian, Israeli, American or other. It promotes non-violence as the only way to peace and reconciliation. Although most Palestinians do not resort to violence, but cope non-violently with the oppressive situation in which they live day to day, Sabeel sees Palestinian terrorism as rooted in this oppressive situation of occupation. They believe the primary way to end it is to end the occupation. It believes that all people, Israelis and Palestinians, should live in peace and security, but that this is brought about by just relationships, not by repression of one people by another, which foments resistance. Idolatry is found in any effort by an individual or group to make themselves into God, or spokesmen of God, and hence immune to criticism. It is to be rejected wherever it occurs.


    Does Sabeel believe that either Palestinians or Israelis have a vocation for suffering that requires they be stateless?

    Sabeel seeks and practices interfaith community between Jews, Christians and Muslims and respect for all three religious traditions. It sees Jesus as liberator from unjust oppression who experienced oppression as a Jew living in Palestine under Roman occupation. It is Roman occupation, not ancient Jews, who are responsible for this oppression of first century Jews and the death of Jesus, a first century Palestinian Jew. Sabeel does not think anyone, Jews or Palestinians, have a particular vocation of suffering or should be stateless.


    Has Sabeel Founder Naim Ateek ever called for the end of Israel as a Jewish state?

    This question is rooted in a presupposition which needs to be carefully examined; namely, that the state of Israel can only “exist” as a Jewish state, that is, as a state in which Jews are the overwhelming demographic majority and only Jews have full citizenship. Palestinian Israelis who are now 24% of the Israeli population are allowed only a second class citizenship lacking many rights and privileges enjoyed only by Jewish Israelis. It is in that context that any effort to create a truly democratic state in Israel, which gives all citizens equal rights, is construed by some as denying Israel’s “right to exist.” Rev. Ateek and Sabeel do not argue for a one-state solution. Recognising the sensitivity of Israeli Jews on this issue, they argue for a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, both as sovereign states that would be able to negotiate as equals with one another, not a Palestine as a colony under military occupation by Israel. Rev. Ateek believes that both states should be fully democratic, giving equal citizenship to all citizens, Jews and Palestinians, including Jews who might elect to remain in a separate state of Palestine. He envisions the possibility of further development of these two states into a confederation with each other and perhaps with other neighbouring states, but sees the two-state solution as the starting point for this evolution.


    Does Sabeel work with any Israeli individuals or groups that promote peace?

    Yes, Sabeel works with several Israeli groups who, with great courage, have determined that a just and peaceful solution to the conflict is in the best interests of the State of Israel and also honours the core injunctions of Judaism, such as that in Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what doth the LORD require of thee? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

    Sabeel seeks to tell the story of the Palestinian experience in Israel and the occupied territories which has been silenced by those who regard any discussion of this experience as “anti-Israel.” It has increasingly attracted stellar Jewish speakers and participants in its conferences from Israel and from the Diaspora, such as Ilan Pappe, Jeff Halper, Anna Baltzer, Susan Nathan, Phyllis Bennis and Joel Kovel. In recent Sabeel conferences a third or more the speakers have been such critical American and Israeli Jews. These Jews, and Sabeel as a whole, reject the stereotype of such Jews as “fringe” and “anti-Israel.” Rather such Jews represent the best of the Jewish ethical tradition and are paving the way for a reconciliation that is pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian together. Sabeel conferences are typically ecumenical and interfaith, bringing together Jewish, Christian and Muslim speakers who share a common vision of peace with justice.


    What is Sabeel’s relation to Palestinian Muslims?

    Sabeel has close working relations with Muslims, both in Palestine and internationally. Muslims appear as speakers at Sabeel conferences and Sabeel consults with Muslim spokespersons in Palestine. Sabeel’s vision is for a reconciled community in Israel and Palestine of three religions, Jewish, Christian and Muslim and two national identities, Israeli and Palestinian.


    To what extent does Sabeel represent Palestinian Christians in the West Bank who live under the Palestinian Authority?

    Sabeel does not represent any political party operating within the West Bank, including the Palestinian Authority itself, which is presently controlled by Fatah. It seeks to speak ecumenically for Christians across denominations in both Israel and the occupied territories.


    Are Palestinian Christians in the West Bank being persecuted by the Palestinian Authority?

    While there are incidents of intolerance and persecution of Christians by Muslims in the occupied territories, this is not the policy of the Palestinian Authority. Sabeel is critical of any such intolerance or persecution, but sees the occupation of the lands of Palestinians by Israel as the primary persecution of both Muslim and Christian Palestinians that needs to be addressed. Any effort to blow such incidents of Christian-Muslim tension out of proportion is a deliberate effort to divide the Palestinian people and to divert attention from the primary issue of the Occupation.


    Why is Sabeel calling for morally responsible divestment from Israel?

    The campaign of disinvestment in Israel is modelled after the campaign of disinvestment in South Africa that helped end apartheid in 1990. Like that campaign it does not seek to address the problems of any and every nation in the world, which could only diffuse the issue and destroy its effectiveness, but focuses on one nation and one situation seen as particularly egregious. It does not call for general disinvestment in Israel, but rather for a selective disinvestment in those companies that are making money on the Occupation in the hope of putting some pressure on these companies to withdraw from their support of the Occupation and to raise consciousness about the Occupation in general.

    Kairos Palestine launch Global Signature Campaign

    This petition comes from Kairos Palestine and its partner movements, Global Kairos for Justice.
    In December 2018 people from around the world gathered in Bethlehem Palestine to further the Kairos call for an end to the State of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people and its occupation of Palestinian territories. With love as its logic, the call is grounded in nonviolent resistance to oppression and violations of human rights.


    Quakers will not profit from the occupation of Palestine

    Quakers in Britain has today become the first church in the UK to announce it will not invest any of its centrally-held funds in companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine.


    Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2018

    Kairos Palestine is pleased to announce the Christmas Alert 2018!


    This year the Christmas Alert sheds light on the importance of restoring a new hope for Palestine, the Middle East and the World. We need new light and hope to come from the hearts of all believers in the Christmas message to encourage churches around the world to act!


    Let us all together spread the message of Palestinian Christians around the world!


    Kairos Palestine Christmas Alert 2018

    Kumi Now – let us rise up together

    Message from Sabeel about their exciting new project:


    Dear Friends,


    Indeed it is a difficult time for Palestinians, the situation is dire, and this is unacceptable, it’s time for change we must overcome.


    We Palestinians are blessed with many friends around the world who are prophetic voices, and courageously stand with our plight for freedom. We get our strength and power from people like you.


    The time has come, we have unified voices from different organizations which reflect the diversity of our friends and human rights advocates to continue to struggle until the light of justice shines.


    Today, the 8th of October, we are announcing a world-wide initiative which will launch on the 21st of October with direct actions. To date we have dozens of organizations participating.


    We call on you to join this initiative, spread the word, and help to lift the spirits of activists up, we continue to challenge the powerful and there is no turning back.


    It is now time to Rise Up!


    To join, go to where you can watch a short introduction, read about the project and, most importantly, join the initiative so we can all rise up together.


    Kumi Team- rising up together

    October 2018

    Taste, See & Tell: BFTA Fair Trade Tours

    Fair Trade Tours In Palestine 

    If you want your journey in Palestine to make a real and lasting difference to both people and the planet, it all starts with a simple choice – where do I go?


    Greenbelt: Acts of the Imagination

    You may not think that cooking a seabass would be a natural entry point to talking about the illegal blockade on Gaza and discussing the call to stop Arming Israel, but we discovered at Greenbelt that it was the most perfect way to bring people to the table to enjoy Palestinian culture and food while talking about the very difficult situation there.


    Rev Naim Ateek’s Statement on Israel’s Nation State Law, 8th August 2018

    Henry Siegman, a former National Director of the American Jewish Congress said, “Israel has crossed the threshold from ‘the only democracy in the Middle East to the only apartheid regime in the Western world.’”


    Anglesey Centre of Mission Faith, Justice & Peace Group

    Menai Bridge, Anglesey

    Website here.

    Theological Network

    The formation of a Theological Network has been agreed by the Board of Sabeel-Kairos.


    World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (WWPPI)

    The 2018 World Week for Peace  16 – 23 September

    Investing in young  people 

    A week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine &  Israel, initiated by the World Council of Churches. Planned events below

    This year’s theme is “Youth and Children: Raising Hope and Making Change”. Youth and children are the ones who suffer the most in conflicts and under occupation. They are also the ones who will hold the future of Palestine and Israel in their hands, the ones we pray will grow up with peace and prosperity.



    2018 Promotion Flyer  for sharing the date and theme.  You can order copies in sets of 100.  




    • Generation  potential: interviews with five young Palestinians, project of PAX for Peace, Netherlands
    • 12 Faces of Hope: Seek Justice and Peace in the Holy Land: a resource from the WCC stories and video clips include Rabbi Noa Mazor, peacemaker Tarek Al-Zoughbi and communication worker Nanor Arkelian 
    • Video testimonies from Breaking the Silence, an organisation of veteran combatants of the Israeli Defence Forces who have served the occupation.
    • Find out about the work of Defence for Children International  in Palestine – important work monitoring and advocating for children who are illegally detained.  Stories, date and advocacy ideas.


    PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2018 : please let us now what you are planning and we can post here. Email

    20 September.  HexhamYouth and children Raising hope and making change.  Evening with Hamed Qawasmeh from the West Bank.  St Mary’s Church Centre, Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB @7.30

    29 September, Newcastle.  Youth and Children: Raising hope and making change.  Speaker Phoebe Rison, Advocacy worker for Sabeel/Kairos.  St Thomas’ Church, Haymarket, Newcastle @ 1.00pm.  2.30 worship


    Investing for Peace (Free Download)

    click below to download Investing for Peace for free


    Salute to Presbyterian Church USA

    Statement from Kairos Palestine, 25th June 2018


    Jerusalem, 25, June 2018, The board, staff and supporters of Kairos Palestine and the members of Global Kairos for Justice coalition celebrate the historic pro-justice actions taken by the Presbyterian Church(USA) at its 223rd General Assembly meeting just days ago. We offer our profound thanks to staff, commissioners and advisory delegates of the PC(USA), and to its mission network, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) ( which worked tirelessly to bring a slate of resolutions to the church’s assembly gathered in St. Louis.

    A long-time partner of Kairos Palestine, the PC(USA) was among the first denominations to commend for study the Kairos Palestine document ( and to endorse the document’s emphases on hope for justice, nonviolence resistance, liberation and reconciliation.

    The many resolutions that were overwhelmingly passed include:

    • Condemnation of the recent violence directed against Palestinians during the Great March of Return in Gaza;
    • A renewal of the church’s call for an end to the decade-old Israeli blockade of Gaza;
    • Opposition to U.S. federal and state laws designed to suppress Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in support of Palestinian human rights;
    • A call to RE/MAX, LLC to do “everything within its legal and moral power” to stop facilitating the sale and rental of properties in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land;
    • A call for the use of diplomatic tools by the government of the United States to bring Israel into full compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by granting full equality to its citizens who are Palestinian, by “changing its laws, policies, and practices that favor its Jewish citizens and discriminate against its Christian and Muslim citizens and other ethnic minorities”;
    • Opposition to Israel’s illegal annexation of Jerusalem.

    The resolutions passed following powerful support from local and visiting Palestinians, Black Lives Matter leaders, Friends of Sabeel North America, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Equal Rights, American Muslims for Palestine, St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace, National Christian Coalition Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP), Kairos Palestine and others.

    Because of partners like you, we may be “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Cor. 4:8-9)

    Kairos Palestine

    What are we asking Churches to do?

    This campaign asks the churches to do these four things


    What is each denomination doing on MRI?

    Click below to see what your church’s view on MRI is and see what church activists are doing.


    Endorsing organisations



    Churches in America and MRI

    Churches in America have blazed a trail on Morally Responsible Investment and offer us, here in the UK, hope and inspiration that our churches could do the same.


    Palestinian woman shot dead during protest near Gaza fence

    Palestinian health ministry reports Razan al-Najjar, 21, was shot by Israeli soldiers near Khan Yunis on Friday

    Agence France-Presse writes in The Guardian on Friday 1st June 2018


    Sabeel Jerusalem


    To strive towards theological liberation through instilling the Christian faith in the daily lives of those who suffer under occupation, violence, injustice, and discrimination.


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    Investing for Peace training sessions

    Sabeel-Kairos and partners will be offering tailor-made training sessions on ‘Investing for Peace: A Guide for Local Church Activists’ to interested Sabeel-Kairos Communities and Groups who are committed to starting or continuing local campaigns on Morally Responsible Investment.



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    “With all that is happening in our country in the last few weeks, it is easy to feel isolated; as if no one cares about the Palestinians. The United Reformed Church’s resolutions are a source of encouragement; a reminder that we are not forgotten.’ 

    Revd Dr Munther Isaac Palestinian Pastor


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      STOP THE MASSACRE! FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE! An Appeal from World Student Christian Federation and the Palestine Youth Ecumenical Movement

      Since March 30th, the people of Gaza have been exercising their right to protest by marching for the right to return to their homes. The homes from which they were forcefully expelled to make room for the state of Israel. (more…)

      Statement on Gaza and Jerusalem, Sabeel-Kairos Palestine, 15th May 2018

      ” If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they” (Ecclesiastes 5:8)..


      Sabeel-Kairos perspective on the current situation, Nakba Day, Tuesday 15th May 2018

      This week has been a sad and difficult week for us Palestinians and for all of us who care deeply about our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.  The Great Return March, which has seen peaceful protests in Gaza with violent responses from the Israeli military, came into its seventh week. So far during the Great Return March more than 90 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, with many thousands more injured. 


      The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

      Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force


      The Guardian, Monday 14th May 2018



      US ‘blocks UN motion’ calling for investigation into Israeli killing of Gaza protesters

      Proposed UN Security Council statement expressed ‘outrage and sorrow’ at Israel’s shooting of Palestinian demonstrators and demanded ‘independent and transparent’ probe


      Chris Baynes writes in The Independent Tuesday 15th May 2018


      Middle East Nakba day: Palestinians prepare for more Gaza protests as Israel faces international condemnation over border violence

      Gazans, desperate after more than a decade of a crippling Israeli blockade, expected to throw themselves at border fence again despite bloodshed in yesterday’s protests


      Bethan McKernan writes in The Independent on Tuesday 15th May



      Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in protests as US embassy opens in Jerusalem – as it happened

      Follow latest developments as 52 Palestinians killed and hundreds wounded in protests in Gaza and West Bank over moving US embassy to Jerusalem


      Follow live updates on the situation from The Guardian


      Photo: Mohammed Saber/EPA

      Tens of Thousands Attend Funerals for 60 Gazans Killed in Border Protests | LIVE UPDATES

      U.S. blocks Security Council statement calling to investigate Israel over protest death toll ■ Former CIA chief, Congressmen condemn Israeli use of excessive force ■ Israeli army deploys for second day of projected mayhem


      Follow live updates on the situation from Haaretz. 


      Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP

      Death, division and denial as US embassy opens in Jerusalem

      Trump applauds ‘a great day for Israel’ as hail of bullets kills dozens of Palestinian protestors


      Simon Tisdall writes in The Guardian Monday 14th May 2018 (more…)

      Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza ‘massacre’

      Highest Palestinian death toll in a day since rallies dubbed the Great March of Return began at the fence with Israel.


      In pictures from Al Jazeera, Monday 14th May 2018


      Order your ‘Nakba Doll’ today: The Fabric of Our Lives

      Around 700,000 people fled their homes during the Nakba (Catastrophe).  Many are still living in refugee camps throughout the Middle East.  To commemorate those who fled and the villages that were destroyed in 1948 the YWCA of Palestine has sought out some of the women who escaped and documented their story in a project called ‘Fabric of Our Lives’, each represented by a unique doll.  Each of these ‘Nakba Dolls’, hand carved form Palestinian olive wood, is wearing a thob (Palestinian embroidered dress) that is traditional to one of the destroyed villages.  These dolls not only tell the story of displacement and dispossession through a female perspective they also provide employment opportunities for refugee women today who make the dolls.  Please help these women’s stories be heard and let these villages be remembered by buying a doll. 


      The Palestinian People are Committed to Seeking Freedom

      We are a collection of Palestinian groups and civil society organizations. We address our call to the Palestinian Authority, all Palestinian leaders, Israel, the American administration, the Arab states, the international community, and to all those of good will who support us in seeking our freedom and independence. We issue a call of peace and love, a strong call that stems from the strength of our belief in God, his righteousness and his love for all mankind, at a time when we see that the potential to achieve our cause, i.e. our demand for freedom and independence, is diminishing. The American administration has disregarded our history and our rights in Jerusalem, our city of our prayer and faith, and the capital of our state. Israel is determined to maintain its military occupation over us, particularly in the siege imposed on Gaza, and is supported by the American administration which says that it will present “the deal of the century” to us.

      In response, the masses in Gaza are resorting to peace as an effective weapon by organizing peaceful marches in which thousands are taking part. These activities have been ongoing since Land Day on Friday March 30th. This weapon is what the Sabeel-Kairos “moment of truth” document called for to highlight steadfastness, resist the occupation, and demand our freedom: peace is the only weapon we can use to achieve this.

      The power of this new weapon became apparent as Israel tried to transform it into violent confrontation by the use of violence in which they killed unarmed civilians and injured thousands. Nevertheless, the peaceful demonstrations have continued.

      Israeli and American pressure on Arab countries has attempted to force the Palestinians to stop their peaceful demonstrations. For our part, and on the basis of our vision of faith and God’s love and righteousness for every human being, we urge all Palestinians to continue their peaceful march. Their lack of arms makes them strong as they seek life, freedom and equality. We call on the thousands to continue their peaceful marches in Gaza and in all West Bank regions.

      We direct our call to the Palestinian leadership and tell them to be united. The search for freedom does not permit further divisions and splits. Let these demonstrations unite the hearts of all; let them unite those in charge in all factions and unite officials and the people.

      We call on Israel and the American administration to respond positively to the call for peace disseminated by these peaceful marches. Rather than viewing them as a threat, they actually offer a way out of the crisis that we have reached with you. Heed the cries of the oppressed, of the people whose freedom you deny, and who were displaced from their land, villages and houses. Change your outlook: maintaining life is more beneficial than creating death.

      The American administration says that it will present us with the ‘deal of the century, but by taking Jerusalem from its Palestinian people and placing it under Israeli sovereignty, it is making this deal the beginning of a fresh injustice.

      Pressure is also increasing on Arab countries to force Palestinian leaders to accept the “deal of the century” with some modifications. Based on our rights and love for every human being, we say let the people declare the injustices they face until the conscience is stirred of all those in Israel and Palestine, and the world wakes up. We call on the Palestinian Authority to be strong and steadfast in the face of all pressure and solutions that create fresh injustice for the Palestinian people. In particular we state that we do not trust promises given by the strong. We know that the strong have not met their promises in the past and will not fulfill new promises in the future. The “deal of the century” should start with Israel and the American administration recognizing Palestinian inalienable rights. At that point, negotiations may start. Without this clear and binding condition, negotiations, promises and the deal of the century will be no more than a new means of maintaining injustice, depriving us of our freedom, and subjecting us to occupation and racist discrimination.

      To Israel and the American administration we repeat that we are committed to our demand for freedom. Our only weapon is peace and your peaceful response is the only source of security for you. You may want to keep us in slavery but we will remain steadfast and say no to slavery. We are confident that the time will come when you recover your conscience, reinstate your human dignity, and look at the Palestinian people as human beings with whom can live in security, justice, peace and equality rather than people you seek to eradicate.

      For however long it continues, injustice will burden your conscience one day after another. Your injustice against us and your own power will be the foundations of your defeat. Your ability to be righteous and to treat the Palestinian people fairly and with humanity will be your only salvation.

      These facts require the following:

      For Palestinians:

      • An immediate end to divisions and guaranteed support for a popular movement politically, economically, in the media, and diplomatically.
      • A clear Palestinian stand on refusing any concessions that infringe on Palestinian national rights, remaining firm in the face of political or economic pressure, and not believing any promises.
      • The Palestinian leadership and political forces should look for new and creative ways of struggle to achieve Palestinian rights intact. This is required in light of the failure of the peace negotiations, which reached an impasse due to Israeli intransigence and American partiality that protects and supports Israeli practices.

      For Arabs:

      • Cease all pressure exerted on the Palestinian Authority to accept unfair American and Israeli proposals; stop all forms of normalization with Israel; refrain from providing a political cover for Israeli aggressive practices against the Palestinian people; and strengthen the BDS movement against the Israeli occupation.
      • Support the Palestinian struggle through ongoing massive demonstrations that reach a peak in the Nakba commemoration in mid-May.


      • Launch international initiatives and campaigns against racist Israeli practices that respond to Palestinian peace with violence and the killing of unarmed Palestinians in cold blood. Pressure should be exerted on Israel to desist from the use of violence and to enter a real path for peace.
      • A popular movement and media campaign to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and refute President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Popular marches to be organized in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle. Such activities should reach a peak in mid-May to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe).
      • Exert pressure on Western governments and states to break their silence and force Israel to respect international resolutions and treaties, end the occupation, and accept a just and final solution.

      Despite the extensive power of the Israeli occupation, the political, military and economic support it receives from its donor countries, the killings, destruction, distortion, displacement, siege, starvation, and arrests, the Israeli occupation understands that it has not been able to break the Palestinian spirit rooted deeply in the land and history.

      Palestinians are now besieging the occupation in a historic, cultural, ethical, moral and human sense and will be victorious.

      We pray to God to guide all to the right path of peace that protects the humanity of man, a just peace and a final peace that liberates every human being from all evil within or against them.


      Signed by:

      – Sabeel-Kairos Palestine

      – Diyar Consortium

      – The YMCA/YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)

      – The National Christian Association (NCA), Jerusalem

      – The East Jerusalem YMCA/HQ

      – The East Jerusalem YMCA /Beit Sahour Branch

      – The Arab Educational Institute AEI, Bethlehem

      – Union of Arab Orthodox Club – Jerusalem

      – Arab Orthodox Club – Beit Jala

      – Arab Orthodox Club, Beit Sahour

      – The Arab Orthodox Charitable Society, Beit Sahour

      – Alternative Tourism Group (ATG), Palestine

      -Al Qistas Forum for Dialogue and Concord- Gaza

      Breaking the Silence monthly tour of Hebron

      Breaking the Silence run a tour of Hebron once a month.


      To sign up click here.


      Laws Targeting Israel Boycotts Fail First Legal Test

      Issuing the first decision of its kind, a federal judge today blocked enforcement of a Kansas law targeting boycotts of Israel, ruling in an ACLU lawsuit that the First Amendment protects the right to engage in political boycotts.


      Vera Eidelman writes for ACLU on Tuesday 30th January 2018



      Israeli rights group sue activists who convinced pop star Lorde to boycott Tel Aviv concert

      Shurat HaDin plans to use contentious 2011 law to launch civil suit against two New Zealanders they blame for convincing singer to abandon gig on political grounds


      Tia Goldenberg writes in The Independent on Tuesday 30th January 2018


      Israel rejects U.N. report on companies linked to settlements

      GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday it had identified 206 companies doing business linked to unlawful Israeli settlements in the West Bank and it urged them to avoid any complicity in “pervasive” violations against Palestinians.


      Stephanie Nebehay writes for Reuters on Wednesday 31st January 2018



      Women of Palestine- The Ongoing Nakba, 4th March, Uppermill (Oldham)

      United Nations Position on Jerusalem Unchanged Special Coordinator Stresses, as Security Council Debates United States Recognition of City

      UN Press Release: 8/12/17 

      Permanent Representative Defends Decision, as Delegations Endorse Two-State Solution, Determination of Final Status Issues (more…)

      12 Ways in 12 Days

      Suggestions of ways to reinvigorate our support for Palestine.


      Click on the link below to read about some ideas to (hopefully) inspire you, whether you’re just starting out or an ‘old-timer’


      12 Ways in 12 Days

      Special Newsletter: Update and Action on Jerusalem

      Please read our latest newsletter, a special edition on Jerusalem with actions you can take to stand against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  (more…)

      BDS National committee responds to Jerusalem decision

      The Trump administration’s anti-Palestinian and illegal act reverses decades of official U.S. policy regarding Jerusalem and contradicts the international consensus. Trump’s policies on Palestine underscore that it is long past time for the world to apply concrete pressure on Israel to respect Palestinian rights through support for our struggle for rights and dignity.  (more…)

      Support a legal challenge to the Independent Press Standards Organisation

      From campaigner Jonathan Coulter: 

      I need you to help me fund a legal challenge to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) over its irrational and unfair response to a complaint against two newspapers (The Times and Sunday Times), which had both grossly misreported a public meeting held in the House of Lords in October 2016.  (more…)

      Donald Trump is ‘declaring war’ by naming Jerusalem Israel’s capital

      Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Manuel Hassassian writes in the Independent (6 Dec) how Trump’s move signals death to the two state solution and declares war on Muslims and Christians across the Middle East.  (more…)

      Membership survey results

      Many thanks to those of you that completed our members survey in the summer. We collected over 180 responses from members of Sabeel-Kairos and Friends of Sabeel UK. Here is a snapshot of some of the results – and information about where we go from here.  (more…)

      Actions to take for Jerusalem

      PSC have organised actions for us to take regarding Trump’s appealing decision on Jerusalem. There is a protest TODAY (Friday 8th Dec) outside the US Embassy in London, and local protests happening across the UK too. You can also write to your MP. More details below.  (more…)

      The truth is simple, but unwelcome

      Church Times, 1st Dec. Jewish writer Robert Cohen tells Huw Spanner that solidarity with Palestinians will be costly for Christians.  (more…)

      ‘A Palestinian Theology of Liberation’ by Naim Stifan Ateek

      The latest book by Revd Naim Ateek, founder of Sabeel in Jerusalem:

      ‘Addressing what many consider the world’s most controversial conflict, Naim Ateek offers a succinct primer on liberation theology in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination.  (more…)

      India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About India’s Complicity With Israeli Crimes

      From IMEMC News, 21 November. Yesterday, media reported that the Indian Ministry of Defense scrapped the $500M deal with Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for its missile systems. Years in the making, the deal had been celebrated in international media and was finalized after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July.  (more…)

      WCC Executive Committee releases statement on Jerusalem and Status Quo

      22 November. During its meeting in Amman, Jordan from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches Executive Committee issued a statement expressing concern over the ways in which church institutions and properties in Jerusalem are threatened as a result of contracts of disputed legality, the efforts of radical settler groups, and policies of the government of Israel.  (more…)

      Palestinians speak out on anniversary of Resolution 242

      Mariam Barghouti, Diana Buttu and Haider Eid and other prominent Palestinian voices speak out about the pitfalls of Resolution 242 and what it has meant for Palestine half a century since its adoption.  (more…)

      Save Susiya from imminent demolition

      On Wednesday 6th Dec there will be a debate in parliament about the effect of Israeli demolitions on Palestinian communities. ICAHD UK and PSC have produced resources to help you lobby your MP to attend and raise concerns about the imminent demolition of Susiya.  (more…)

      Why Israel does not want a sovereign Palestinian state

      Ben White writes in Middle East Eye: “It is time to accept the reality that Israel simply does not want a sovereign Palestinian state – and consider its serious implications”  (more…)

      BBC journalist deletes tweet about UK’s ‘corrupt’ relationship with Israel

      From Middle East Monitor, 10 Nov. A prominent BBC journalist has deleted a tweet in which a senior Conservative MP can be seen complaining about the British media turning a blind eye to the corrupt relationship that has allowed Israel to “buy access” in Westminster.  (more…)

      Today: Remembering Israel’s ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’

      From Middle East Monitor: On 14 November 2012, Israel launched “Operation Pillar of Defence” against the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. Over the following eight days, almost 175 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. Five years later, Gaza is still subject to Israeli aggression, in violation of the terms of the ceasefire agreement. (more…)

      Israel bars entry of European MPs over boycott

      From The Palestinian Information Center, 13 Nov.

      Israel’s Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, adopted recommendations by Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Security, Gilad Erdan, not to allow the entry of a delegation composed of European MPs and heads of French local councils.  (more…)

      Stop Israel’s illegal annexation of land in the Palestinian village of Al Walaja

      Seventy percent of the land in the Palestinian village of Al Walaja has already been taken over by Israel as part of their territorial expansion. In its latest move, Israel plans to move a nearby military checkpoint closer to the village and deeper into the West Bank territories. Please sign and share this petition to take action against this. (more…)

      Balfour sparked a national tragedy for the Palestinian people – with BDS, we are fighting back

      Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS movement writes in Newsweek: When Zionist militias forced my grandmother, Rasmiyyah, and her family out of their home in Safad at gunpoint during the 1948 Nakba, the process of settler-colonialism that was propelled by the Balfour Declaration and that culminated in ethnic cleansing became more than just a national tragedy for the indigenous people of Palestine. It became personal. (more…)

      Balfour Declaration Turns 100: Together We Can End its Legacy of Dispossessing Palestinians

      From the BDS National Committee: Today marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, a document which from the perspective of its Palestinian victims, constituted a declaration of war against the Palestinian people. Together we can end its brutal legacy and create a brighter future with justice, peace and a dignified life for all.  (more…)

      UK Foreign Secretary: Now is not the ‘right time’ to recognise Palestine

      UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declined the Labour Party’s offer to recognise a Palestinian state “now” insisting that “the moment is not yet right to play that card”, amid challenge from Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. (more…)

      New: BDS Toolkit and videos from the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

      Have you been wanting to start a BDS campaign? Or, are you a seasoned activist looking for a good resource to share with others? Is someone you know confused about what BDS is? These new resources are for you!  (more…)

      Prominent Israelis call for recognition of Palestine

      Prominent Israelis have sent a message of support to the Balfour Project’s centenary event taking place in Central Hall, Westminster tonight.  (more…)

      Recognise Palestine to mark Balfour centenary

      Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry urges formal UK recognition 100 years after declaration that paved way for creation of Israel  (more…)

      TONIGHT: Balfour Project Centenary event – Live stream available

      On Tuesday 31 October, over 1,000 people will meet at Central Hall Westminster for the Balfour Project’s commemoration of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, ‘Britain’s Broken Promise: Time for a New Approach‘. (more…)

      Scottish Palestinian Forum

      Scottish Palestinian Forum

      Job opportunity: Friends of Sabeel UK/Sabeel-Kairos Advocacy Worker

      We are recruiting!

      Friends of Sabeel UK/Sabeel-Kairos wish to appoint a part time advocacy officer to support the development of local advocacy groups and national church campaigns.This is a maternity cover position from January 2018.  (more…)

      Theresa May should give Netanyahu a piece of her mind – Thatcher would have

      Opinion piece by  in the Guardian: ‘A hundred years after the Balfour declaration that established a pathway to a Jewish state, the prime minister should acknowledge its role in Palestinian suffering’  (more…)

      US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO accusing it of ‘anti-Israel bias’

      From Al Jazeera News, 13 Oct. The US has announced it will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing the body of “anti-Israel bias”.  (more…)

      Danish pension fund excludes four companies for role in Israeli occupation

      Sampension, a DKK290 billion ($43.5 billion) Danish labour market pension fund, made the announcement in a press release last week, stating that two Israeli banks, Hapoalim and Leumi, as well as Heidelberg Cement and Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq, are now excluded.   (more…)

      Giro d’Italia’s start in Israel provokes accusations of ‘sport-washing’

      La grande partenza in Jerusalem will be a historic first but brings an unprecedented level of political controversy to cycling’s second biggest event (more…)

      Why is Human Rights Watch urging engagement with Israel’s banks?

      Human Rights Watch has concluded in a new report that there is nothing in Israeli law that forces Israel’s banks to provide many financial services that aid the theft of Palestinian land for Jewish settlements.

      While welcoming the report, human rights defenders are criticizing its recommendation that international investors “engage” with Israeli banks, rather than simply divesting. (more…)

      Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?

      Ramzy Baroud, Foreign Policy Journal, 21 Sep. “Israel has desperately sought to be legitimized by the UN, while it has done its utmost to delegitimize the UN”  (more…)

      Lichfield Concern for Palestine Sabeel-Kairos Community

      Lichfield, Staffordshire

      UN slams Israel for ‘de-development’ of Palestine

      New report reviews effects of Israel’s 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories and settlement growth.  (more…)

      When the law fails women

      Ayah Al-Wakeel reports on the challenges facing women in Arab society  (more…)

      The level of antisemitism in Britain has been exposed. But it’s not what you might think

      On 12 September, a new survey on antisemitism in Britain came out. The findings are good news for some people and bad for others. (more…)

      Join the lobby of Parliament for Palestine 2017

      The Palestine Solidarity Campaign invite you to join them in parliament on Nov 22nd to meet with your MP and ask them to take action against Israel’s illegal settlements and the abuse of Palestinian children under military detention. (more…)

      #LightsOnGaza social media campaign

      Oxfam international have launched the social media campaign #LightsOnGaza in response to the desperate electricity crisis people in Gaza are facing. (more…)

      UN chief calls for lifting of Gaza blockade in face of humanitarian crisis

      UN chief Antonio Guterres also held talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday and Tuesday.

      ‘By the time they let me go my mother was gone’: Daughters of imprisoned Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar speak out

      From Mondoweiss: Ramallah, occupied West Bank — Suha and Yaffa Jarrar have come to accept that their family is never safe.  (more…)

      US-Israel resume talks on moving embassy to Jerusalem

      From Middle East Monitor: The Times of Israel quoted private sources as saying that, on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the issue of moving the embassy with Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law. (more…)

      Netanyahu Vows to Never Remove Israeli Settlements From West Bank: ‘We’re Here to Stay, Forever’

      From Haaretz: ‘We will deepen our roots, build, strengthen and settle,’ Netanyahu tells settlers at event marking 50 years to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. (more…)

      Egypt Set to Reopen Its Gaza Crossing on Regular Basis in September

      Rafah border crossing has only opened for 14 days so far in 2017, but Palestinians expect it to reopen after Id al-Adha holiday  (more…)

      British couple’s message in a bottle reaches Gaza fisherman after 500-mile journey

      “I hope one day we would become as free as this bottle was” says Gaza fisherman who found the British couple’s message in a bottle. (more…)

      Remembering the Holocaust: Doing Justice to its Memory

      ‘The story of the Holocaust is a history I have always known, have wanted to know in detail, and which has shaped who I am in the world. It has shaped my commitment to valuing and honoring people’s cultures and histories; my commitment to challenging anti-Semitism; my commitment to challenging all forms of injustice —not in the U.S., not in Palestine, not anywhere’ Article by Jewish psychologist and educator Donna Nevel  (more…)

      Four Palestinians wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza

      From Al Jazeera: Israel says attacks carried out after rockets were fired out of Gaza, a claim that Hamas denies. (more…)

      Jerusalem Palestinians stripped of residency status

      Human Rights Watch report that Israel’s revocations of the residency status of thousands of Palestinians from East Jerusalem over the years illustrates the two-tiered system Israel maintains in the city. (more…)

      Jewish settlers burn Palestinian farms in Nablus

      From Middle East Monitor: Jewish settlers burnt scores of acres of Palestinian farms on Tuesday (9th Aug) in the neighbourhood of Aqraba to the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Quds Press has reported. (more…)

      Free Issa Amro: Human rights defender arrested by Palestinian Authority.

      Youth Against Settlements are asking us to sign their petition calling for the immediate release of Issa Amro. (more…)

      A collection of poems and cartoons

      By Dutch artists Arie de Bruin (poems) and Len Munnik (cartoons)


      Translated into English for your enjoyment and to raise awareness of the situation in Palestine.


      Please download the booklet here:

      Gotcha – Poems and Cartoons

      Consequences: The Trial of Arthur James Balfour, by Warren R Bardsley

      Warren Bardsley’s new book was released in early September, and is available for the price of £9.99


      Please see this flyer for more details about the book.

      Balfour flyer (1)


      There is also a 3-act play script based on the book available for groups to use, with no charge or copyright.


      To order a copy of either the book or play script, please contact 


      All proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians.

      WWPPI 2017 resources and actions

      The WWPPI is a week of education, prayer and action for peace in Palestine and Israel, initiated by the World Council of Churches. It presents us with an opportunity to organise meetings, pray and take action for peace.


      The WCC has produced resources for the week, including:


      In addition to these resources, the UK Working group for the WWPPI has produced the following resources for Churches and groups here in the UK:


      Taking Action:


      We are currently finalising an action postcard to Church leaders for the WWPPI which should be available for download and order the week commencing 11th September.


      HSBC: Stop Arming Israel!

      HSBC is a major shareholder in companies selling weapons and military technology to Israel and also provides those companies with the loans they need to operate. Here’s the latest campaign action you can take (more…)

      Brace yourselves for costly Palestinian Solidarity

      Read: Robert Cohen’s latest blog:

      ‘Brace yourselves for costly Palestinian Solidarity’

      Expert Q+A: On the current crisis in Jerusalem

      Ramallah-based political analyst Diana Buttu answers your questions on the current crisis in Jerusalem. IMEU Q+A

      Photo by Activestills

      In photos: Palestinians return to Al-Aqsa after week of violence


      Activestills have released a photo gallery of the troubles at Al-Aqsa over the last two weeks as thousands of Palestinians return to their place of worship.


      Opinion piece: Israel’s Assault on Al-Aqsa and Plans to Upend the Status Quo

      The Israeli government may have backed down on the imposition of metal detectors at the entrances to Al-Aqsa Mosque, but it has not yet allowed situation to return to pre-July 14 status quo. (more…)

      America’s BDS law is an attack on far more than free speech

      From +972: The world long ago made clear to the Palestinians that violence is not a legitimate path for seeking independence. Now Congress is trying to criminalize one of the few nonviolent tools left. (more…)

      Victory at the UCC gathering

      Delegates at the national gathering for the United Church of Christ (UCC) in Baltimore have voted to pass a resolution asserting the rights of Palestinian children!


      UNESCO: Hebron heritage request too focused on Muslim history

      The PA has not fully made its case for inscription as a heritage site and Israel’s decision to ban the experts from visiting the site make it difficult to conclude if an emergency situation exists, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) said in an 11-page report.


      Spain defines BDS as protected speech

      The Spanish parliament has unanimously passed a motion recognizing the right to advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as protected under the right to freedom of expression and association.


      Morally Responsible Investment in Israel and Palestine

      ‘Pursuing Justice’

      “Because they lead my people astray, saying ‘Peace’ when there is no peace, and because when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore I tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall” Ezekiel 13:10-11


      Read our guide on morally responsible investment and find out more about how we are encouraging UK churches to engage in this.


      From Balfour to Banksy- film documentary on the Balfour legacy

      From the Balfour to Banksy website:

      Britain’s Balfour Legacy: a Century of Discord and Division

      Many, many Jews will feel joy in 2017 as they celebrate 100 years after the British declaration that led to the birth of their nation. 

      This film will remember the other side of that narrative. (more…)

      BDS Movement Turns 12, Marks Anniversary With List of 12 Wins in 2017

      July 9, 2017 marks 12 years since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was born. It’s been 12 years since an impressively large and diverse coalition across Palestinian civil society surmounted incredible odds to unify around three basic Palestinian rights and a nonviolent, inclusive, anti-racist path of struggle to achieve them. (more…)

      LA Times calls BDS a ‘classic tool of peaceful political expression’

      We keep track of the growing awareness inside the U.S. mainstream press of the far-right character of Israeli political culture; and this weekend the LA Times published a long editorial slamming the Israeli government for “trying to wall out its critics.” The editorial grants dignity to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) and rejects a new law that bars visits to the country by boycott supporters. (more…)

      World Protestant body issues solidarity message with Palestinian Christians

      The World Communion of Reformed Churches has urged its more than 225 member churches worldwide to examine their mission, education and investment relationships with Israel and Palestine in the light of the witness of Palestinian Christians. (more…)

      6,000 attacks on Gaza in 50 days and zero accountability

      Visualizing Palestine has produced a new infographic on the 2014 Gaza war, reflecting on the lack of accountability for the horrendous attacks which killed over 1500 Palestinians and rendered over 11,000 homeless. (more…)

      Read: full transcript of the parliamentary debate on Israel and Palestine

      On Wednesday 5th July the UK parliament had a debate on ‘Israel and Palestinians talks’. You can find the debate transcript here, thanks to Middle East Monitor:

      US Mennonites vote in favour of divestment from Israeli occupation

      On 6th July the Mennonite Church (USA) voted to create an investment screen for the purpose of “withdrawing investments from companies that are profiting from the occupation.” The resolution was approved near unanimously, with approximately 98% of the 548 voters supporting it. (more…)

      #OpenGaza: 10 years of the illegal Gaza Blockade

      As we mark 10 years of the Gaza blockade the international community cries out for immediate action to end the suffering in Gaza and prevent a looming humanitarian disaster.  (more…)

      Open letter from the National Coalition of Christian Organisations in Palestine to the World Council of Churches

      Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.

      “We need you and we need you now more than ever. We need your costly solidarity. We need brave women and men who are willing to stand in the forefront. This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call” (more…)

      Restoring the Kingdom: Mark Braverman’s sermon

      During a recent conference week on Iona, Mark Braverman from Kairos USA delivered a wonderful sermon on restoring the Kingdom. He has shared that with us, and it is available for you to download below.


      Restoring the Kingdom Fifth Sunday of Easter – Iona Abbey

      Red Card Israeli Racism

      Fight Israeli Racism through football

      The Israeli government violates international law. It discriminates against Palestinian Arabs through laws and actions involving ethnic cleansing, cultural genocide and collective punishment.  This discrimination is severe, widespread, and unrelenting. It is generally unrecognised.

      Palestinian footballers suffer their share. They are arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned without charge, cannot travel freely and cannot meet properly for games and training. (more…)

      50 stories of Palestinian life under occupation

      In this project coordinated by UN OCHA the lives of 50 Palestinians are revealed, and we catch a glimpse of the experience of living under occupation and the humanitarian impact it has.



      Kairos Britain and Friends of Sabeel UK Merger

      A decision has been taken by Kairos Britain and Friends of Sabeel UK to merge together as one new organisation, to combine our efforts to support the Palestinian Christian community, and to raise awareness about the plight of Palestinians in our Churches in the UK. (more…)

      PSC Statement: Dignity Won – The struggle continues

      On May 27th, after 41 days on hunger strike , Palestinian prisoners suspended the strike after Israeli authorities yielded to the demand to enter negotiations with the prisoners’  chosen leaders.


      Take Action: Sign the Gaza petition


      The Palestine Solidarity Campaign have issued a new petition concerning the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, which is entirely politically caused and preventable if the blockade would be lifted.


      The petition calls for:


      – the immediate lifting of the blockade of Gaza and allowing of imports and exports;

      – the UK government to abide by their obligations under international law to end the siege;

      – the removal by Israel of all obstacles to the exercise of human rights by Palestinians in Gaza – including the right to travel and trade.


      Find out more

      Sign the petition


      Brian Brown: The Nakba

      On Holocaust Memorial Day Jews invite us to share their commitment that never again will institutionalised hatred go unchallenged. On the 15 May Palestinians invite us to consider whether their present institutionalised suffering will continue forever? Nakba offers an opportunity to consider the magnitude of that suffering. (more…)

      Starving for Justice

      How would you feel if your son or daughter went on a
      hunger strike demanding justice for more than a month, and nobody
      bothered to call you or check on you and your beloved one?


      Hind Khoury: Women, the harbinger of hope in the midst of despair

      As we mark 50 years of Israeli occupation this week, the message from Sabeel-Kairos Palestine to the Church worldwide becomes ever relevant and present. In this article, Hind Khoury, Sabeel-Kairos Palestine board member reflects on how women can, and must, play a role in bringing about justice and peace for all in the Holy Land. (more…)

      Archbishop’s visit to Israel is widely reported.

      The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 12 day visit to Israel and Palestine has been widely reported in the press. The Guardian previewed the visit and published several well balanced articles during the visit. Justin Welby made a surprise visit to Gaza, where he visited several hospitals. He visited Bethlehem in the West bank and met with the Christian Mayor,Vera Baboun.


      On the 69th anniversary of the Nakba

      BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba. The BNC Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba  (more…)

      5,000 Gazans at risk of death

      Generators have become the only lifeline for Gaza’s hospitals and patients who are in need of urgent medical care. (more…)

      The new Hamas charter and Palestinian consensus

      From Middle East Monitor: Hamas has finally revealed its new charter. The document was launched by the head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, at a press conference in Doha, Qatar on 1 May.  (more…)

      Amnesty calls: Israel must end ‘Unlawful and Cruel’ policies to Palestinian prisoners

      Israel’s decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in prisons inside Israel, and depriving them of regular family visits is not only cruel but also a blatant violation of international law, said Amnesty International, ahead of a mass prisoner’s hunger strike which began on 17th April to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.


      Church of Scotland must be fearless against the bullying Board of Deputies

      Once again, the Board of Deputies of British Jews has shown itself to be a bully when it comes to interfaith dialogue on Israel/Palestine.

      So writes Robert Cohen (May 1st 2017) in “Writing from the Edge”


      The Inside Story on Our UN Report Calling Israel an Apartheid State

      A people cannot be permanently repressed in all these ways without viewing the structure that has emerged as an apartheid regime.

      by Richard Falk, March 22nd, 2017


      QC’s opinion: major faults with government IHRA antisemitism definition

      Legal Opinion on IHRA definition of antisemitism launched Monday March 27, 15:00 – 16:30 at House of Lords Committee Room 3


      Netanyahu Pushing New West bank Settlement

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed the first new settlement in decades in the West Bank as ‘Israeli’ occupation officials and the White House agreed on future colonial settlement construction.


      The new illegal settlement will be built for roughly 40 families-about 300 residents- evicted in February from the Amona settlement outpost.

      Netanyahu’s proposal still requires confirmation by the ‘Israeli’ cabinet.

      The announcement comes as US and Zionist officials in recent weeks conducted talks on limiting settlement construction in the West Bank after President Donald Trump asked the ‘Israeli’ entity to hold off.

      The Trump administration gave the new settlement tacit approval on Thursday, by refraining from condemning the settlement construction, as past Democratic and Republican administrations have done.

      A White House official said the Trump administration has made clear that “further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace”.

      Palestinians and the international community consider all construction in the West Bank illegal ahead of final status talks to maintain the Palestinian state on the already Palestinian-owned lands.

      “Today’s announcement once again proves that ‘Israel’ is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

      In the same respect, ‘Israeli’ high court in 2014 deemed the community of Amona had been built on private Palestinian land and ordered it razed.
      Netanyahu’s office stated on Thursday that some 2,000 new settler units, out of roughly 5,700 recently approved for construction, had been approved for marketing.

      Source: Suhaib Moussa 13th April 2017

      Jews rally in Jerusalem al-Quds to condemn Israeli occupation

      Thousands of mostly Jewish protesters have rallied in Jerusalem al-Quds to denounce 50 years of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

      Organizers said around 2,000 demonstrators marched to Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City during Saturday’s event which was organized by the Standing Together movement.

      The rally was the first in a series of events organized by the group, an umbrella movement consisting of pro-peace organizations and left-wing parties, marking 50 years since the Six-Day War.

      The rally was meant to “protest against the continued Israeli control over the territories and especially East Jerusalem [al-Quds], and in favor of a peaceful solution,” the movement said in a statement.

      The protesters called for an end to the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement expansion, chanting “No to a government of annexation.”

      Mohammed Abu Hummus, the head of the popular committee of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem al-Quds, urged “anyone who believes in the Palestinian people to stand against the racist” Israeli regime.

      On Wednesday, the Arab League called for Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied lands and the formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the borders before 1967 Six-Day War that led to the occupation of the West Bank, and other territories. Since then, Israel has built over 230 settlements in the Palestinian lands.

      Israel’s so-called security cabinet on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of the construction of the first new West Bank settlement in 20 years. The move sparked widespread condemnations from the UN to European countries.

      Source PressTV April 2nd , 2017

      Two pro-Israel activists removed from the House of Lords

      Two pro-Israel activists were removed from the House of Lords during a pro-Palestinian event for breaching Houses of Parliament rules and regulations.


      PSC Launch of #VotePalestine

      On May 12th, Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched a mass campaign to canvass the views of every candidate to the General Election on the 8th June 2017.


      Israel takes steps to stop tourists accessing Bethlehem

      Bethlehem checkpoint © Amos Trust

      From Middle East Monitor: Israel has tightened restrictions on the movement of tourists to the occupied West Bank with particular limitations on their access to occupied Bethlehem. (more…)

      They’re asking us for a miracle: Save Pope Mountain

      Israel is about to wipe out an entire indigenous community based on a new law that could take away their rights to their land. Alone, they will lose everything — but if we show local politicians that a million eyes around the world are watching, we could stop the bulldozers before they start.


      Gaza’s sole power plant shuts down

      From Middle East Monitor: The sole power plant in the Gaza Strip was shut down on Sunday due to lack of funds needed to buy fuel. (more…)

      Israel accuses BDS founder Omar Barghouti of tax evasion

      The BNC – leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement -have issued a statement following the arrest and interrogation of founder Omar Barghouti in March


      BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti and repress BDS

      The Question of Antisemitism

      The formal adoption of the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism by the UK Government has caused waves of controversy and debate amongst campaigners for justice in Palestine and Israel. To help you understand the issues and concerns, here is some reading on the topic, including the definition itself. (more…)

      Censored UN Report Report on Israel

      The UN has officially sanctioned and removed a recent report calling Israel an apartheid regime and urging governments to “support boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] activities’


      The authors of the report have made it available for the public to download  despite the censorship. Read the full report here.

      Land Day 2017: Occupation laid hands over more than 85% of historic Palestine

      On the Eve of the 41st Anniversary of Land Day March 30th, 2017, President of Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Ms. Ola Awad, has presented the Anniversary through Statistics and Figures.


      UK facing court battle over right to BDS

      A court challenge against British restrictions on the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is going ahead, according to human rights campaigners.


      Only 12% of Israelis believe full West Bank withdrawal would end conflict

      Israeli Jews are today significantly less willing to support a withdrawal from the West Bank than they were in 2005, according to a poll released last Monday by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.


      UN expert warns of deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel

      GENEVA (21 March 2017) – Human rights defenders working to draw attention to abuses associated with Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory are being increasingly targeted as a result of their work, according to a new report from a United Nations human rights expert.


      Video: Israeli forces force crying 8-year-old boy barefoot through gravel looking for stone-throwers


      Welby visit to Holy Land will span Middle Eastern faith and politics

      THE Archbishop of Canterbury will spend 12 days in the Holy Land in early May, Lambeth Palace has announced.

      He will travel to Jordan and spend time in a camp for refugees from the Syrian civil war, before moving on to the capital, Amman, where he hopes to meet King Abdullah.


      Israeli ministry trying to compile database of citizens who support BDS

      From Haaretz, March 21.

      Senior officials say attorney general vehemently opposes Minister Gilad Erdan’s bid, arguing his ministry has no legal authority to collect information on Israelis. (more…)

      Addameer calls for month of action for Palestinian Prisoners

      Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association calls on campaigners, activists, and people of conscience to take actions for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17 and the whole month of April to stand in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners. (more…)

      Lent action: send a message to Palestine

      Back by popular demand…


      Please send a message of hope, solidarity and support to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza during lent this year.


      We hear from the organisations that we pass them on to that these messages provide light in darkness, and hope for those that feel forgotten by the world.


      Please help us to show Palestinians that they are in our hearts and prayers  and actions.



        Free human rights defender Issa Amro

        Palestinian activist Issa Amro, who has been recognized as a Human Rights Defender by the European Union and the United Nations, is undergoing Israeli military trial on 18 charges dating all the way back to 2010. (more…)

        Revd Brian Brown writes in the Methodist Recorder

        Sabeel-Kairos Forum member and leading South African campaigner the Revd Brian Brown wrote this excellent piece in the Methodist Recorder following UN Security Resolution 2334 in December 2016. (more…)

        Take action: Write to your MP about Israel’s travel ban on BDS supporters

        From The Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Last week, the Knesset passed a law to ban entry to those who advocate for the non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. (more…)

        Israel detains one activist and deports another amid international outcry over boycott ban

        From Mondoweiss, 13 March. The longtime Israel activist Jeff Halper was detained for allegedly sharing pro-boycott materials during an occupation tour of East Jerusalem. And the head of the British Palestine Solidarity Committee, Hugh Lanning, was deported from Israel last night when he tried to enter. (more…)

        Activists defiant on Israel’s travel ban

        ‘It’s a sign we’re winning’ – travel ban on BDS supporters heavily criticised, even by those opposed to boycotts, Democracy Now reports. (more…)

        WCC gravely concerned over Israel’s travel ban

        March 9 – The World Council of Churches (WCC) today expressed grave concern about a new law passed on Monday by the Knesset which reportedly forbids granting entry visas to foreign nationals who call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of either Israel or the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.  (more…)

        New video made in Palestine – 28th February 2017

        The BDS National Committee has released a beautiful, short new video made in Palestine. It’s called “In Their Own Words: Palestinians Champion BDS,” and features Palestinians of different ages, genders and backgrounds expressing why they champion the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


        Fairtrade fortnight

        Fairtrade Fortnight is here! Our Fairtrade visitors were denied visas to travel – read on for how you can help lobby MPs about this issue, as well as events around the country from Fairtrade feasts, tea breaks and public talks to markets, school assemblies and seminars where we will be talking about how Fairtrade supports Palestinian community resilience.


        WCC general secretary meets with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas

        On 26 February, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas formally received the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit for a meeting to discuss just peace in Palestine and Israel. Abbas was scheduled for a speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, in the beginning of the week.


        15 Christian churches and organizations call for peace, justice, and equality in Israel and Palestine

        The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the United Church of Christ, and Global Ministries are among 15 Christian organizations that sent a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the Trump Administration this morning, calling for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice, and equality between Israelis and Palestinians.


        UN – either endorse the UN-ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid or disprove it.

        A petition has been launched on calling on the UN to prove, by scientific, factual evidence, that Israel is not an apartheid state, and if it cannot then to endorse the censored report by UN-ESCWA.


        Sign the petition here and please share widely.

        Stop Tzipi Livni from being appointed a Deputy Secretary General at the UN

        Please sign the petition and let the UN know that the world will not allow a war criminal and child killer to be Deputy Secretary of the UN! Reject the appointment of Tzipi Livni to a UN post!

        Longing Belonging and Balfour: A musical theatre telling of the 1917 Balfour Declaration story

        ‘Chai For All’ will compose an hour-long musical theatre in April with a mishmosh of Jazz Klezmer, Arabic and Ottoman music, Salvation Army tunes, Story and Yiddish song. (more…)

        Video: Water inequality in the West Bank

        Jewish Voice for Peace meet Palestinians in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh to hear about water inequality between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.


        1,000 Olive trees uprooted to build bypass road

        The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said on February 1, 2017 that the Israeli occupation authorities began on Sunday, January 15, 2017 uprooting olive trees and leveling land near the Palestinian villages of ‘Azzun and a-Nabi Elyas in Qalqilya District, under the supervision of Civil Administration (CA) personnel.


        Activists’ stage pro-Palestine rally during Netanyahu’s UK Visit

        The Palestine Solidarity Campaign  staged a protest on 13th February 2017 to decry the visit of ‘War criminal’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United Kingdom.


        Israel’s Settlement Regulation Bill violates International Law

        “The Knesset has never before enacted legislation regulating Arabs’ property ownership. As a rule, elected officials legislate for their constituents and those within the area of their jurisdiction, not others…If you want to pass legislation for the West Bank, you have to extend your sovereignty and allow the residents of Judea and Samaria the right to become citizens and vote in Knesset elections. And the meaning is clear”.


        100-year-old Bedouin woman’s demolished by Israeli forces

        In the latest instance of Israel’s demolition campaign in the Negev region of southern Israel, homes were demolished in two Bedouin villages, which are not recognised by Israel, on Wednesday, while Israeli police surrounded the village of Umm al-Hiran.


        Rights group: Israeli Occupation Forces continue systematic crimes in Palestine

        Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 February 2017). The long list is a poor reflection in Israel’s failure to accept the Rule of Law.
        Please read the full and startling details in Palestine News Network

        Israeli seizure of Palestinian land offends justice – Bishop Shomali

        A new Israeli law that retroactively legalises the seizure of Palestinian land for Jewish settlements is an offense against justice, said Bishop William Shomali, the patriarchal vicar for Jerusalem.


        EAPPI UK & Ireland announce an opening for Programme Coordinator – closing date: 6th March

        SALARY           £19,243 per annum (£32,073 pro rata per annum)
        CONTRACT    Part time – Permanent
        HOURS         21 hours per week – 3 days per week
        LOCATION    Friends House, Euston, London NW1


        Justpeace – The newsletter from Pax Christi – February/March 2017

        The February/March 2017 issue of Justpeace, the Pax Christi newsletter, is now available. This features an article on Sabeel-Kairos.


        ICAHD UK seeks Director with leadership and management experience.

        ICAHD UK is looking for a Director. The closing date is 24th February. Click here for details. 


        Litmus test for adjudicating settler, Palestinian interests

        A few dozen trailer homes on a hilltop may have never made such ripples internationally. But the evacuation of Amona, which Israeli security forces started today after a years-long legal battle, has resonated far beyond the 40 families who live among the prickly weeds and rocks of this West Bank ridgeline.


        Israel stops partnership with EU programme

        Israel has decided not to partner with an EU cultural programme because it includes an article banning cooperation with illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, QudsPressreported yesterday.


        Europe’s largest pension funds heavily invest in illegal Israeli settlements

        Five of Europe’s largest pension funds have — against EU directives — invested up to €7.5 billion ($8.09 billion) in businesses linked to illegal Israeli settlements, according to investigative news team Danwatch.


        MPs support motion reaffirming illegality of Israeli settlements

        Following a debate in Parliament on Thursday last week, MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion that reaffirms the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and calls for Israel to halt all construction. (more…)

        Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity!

        Sabeel-Kairos have joined over 250 European organisations calling on the European Union to recognise over 100 years of continued injustice towards the Palestinians people, and asking them to suspend the association agreement with Israel and cease all complicity with settlement activity. (more…)

        Israel approves 3000 new settlement homes

        From the Guardian: Israeli security forces began the long-threatened eviction of hundreds of hardline Jewish settlers from the illegal outpost of Amona on the occupied West Bank, hours after the government said it was approving the construction of thousands more settlement homes elsewhere. (more…)

        Urgent: Stop the imminent demolition of Khan Al Ahmar

        From EAPPI:


        Ask your elected representative to act urgently to stop the imminent and unprecedented demolition of an entire Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank  (more…)

        Rafah crossing opens – Gaza situation likely to improve

        The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip reopened Saturday as Cairo and the Islamist organization hailed an improvement in long-tense ties.


        Palestinian Authority rejects Netanyahu’s conditions to resume peace talks

        The Palestinian Authority has strongly rejected a set of conditions presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the resumption of peace talks, including the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State and the continuous security control over areas located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.


        Protest Netanyahu’s visit to the UK: Mon 6 Feb

        The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be in London to meet PM Theresa May on Monday 6 February. Join the protest opposite Downing Street to oppose his visit. 11.30am to 1.30pm. (more…)

        Resourceful Palestinian turns wastepaper to bricks

        With basic tools, 43-year-old Mohamed Abu Khamis is turning wastepaper into bricks that can be used to build — or rebuild — Palestinian homes.


        Hip-hop group creates new resistance pattern

        Carrying a pair of borrowed speakers and an MP3 player, a group of 13-year-olds cut through the narrow, graffiti-stained alleyways of the Dheisheh refugee camp, rushing past painted murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.


        Prints of Palestine’: Weaving Palestinian heritage into contemporary fashion

        Jerusalem-born designer Natalie Tahhan hopes to revive traditional Palestinian embroidery with a modern twist in her collection ‘Prints of Palestine’. By weaving unique historical patterns into elegant modern styles, Natalie Tahhan hopes to demonstrate the diversity of traditional Palestinian embroidery and its importance within Palestinian culture and identity.


        Paris peace conference: A damp squib

        A half-century of Israeli occupation is not going to be meaningfully addressed by international meetings.


        Why Palestinian Children Throw Stones

        This photo was taken in Kfar Qaddum last month. The boy and his friends aren’t there to bait Israeli soldiers or indulge a bout of anti-semitism. Jews from the violent – and illegal – settlement of Kedumim have taken over their farm lands. These villagers are being ethnically cleansed.


        Israel cannot shirk its responsibility for Gaza’s electricity crisis

        Gaza’s electricity crisis, a source of great hardship to over a million and a half Palestinians, has grown worse in the past couple weeks, so that residents now get power for just three to four hours out of every twenty-four.


        Gaza’s traditional handicrafts fight back

        Soft Hands”, an exhibition held at the Stars Entertainment Centre by the beach in Gaza City, has been showcasing the traditional crafts and arts of the Palestinian people, many of whom rely on these traditional handicrafts to make a living and preserve their culture and identity.


        Pope Francis inaugurates Palestinian Embassy to Vatican

        Pope Francis received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican and formally inaugurated the new Embassy of the State of  Palestine to the Holy See.


        Catholic Bishops visit the Holy Land

        Christians have a responsibility to oppose the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, bishops from the US, Canada and Europe said.


        Update from the BDS National Committee

        We in the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the widest coalition of Palestinian organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement, recently took some time to take stock the BDS movement’s most important moments during 2016. You can can read our thoughts in our new blog post where we explain how despite the pain, 2016 witnessed impressive gains for BDS.


        North East Sabeel-Kairos community

        Set up in 2021 covering the North East region.

        Chair – John Howard.

        Israel lifts restrictions on building more settlement homes in East Jerusalem

        From Reuters: “My vision is to enact sovereignty over all the settlements”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told senior ministers he is lifting restrictions on settlement building in East Jerusalem. (more…)

        Obama released $221 million to Palestinians hours before Trump Inauguration

        From Haaretz: Officials say outgoing administration notified Congress of move just before Trump’s swearing-in, despite Republican opposition. (more…)

        John Metson

        Make your Church HP-Free!

        HP-Free Church

        Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) have started an excellent campaign to help Churches boycott Hewlett Packard and become ‘HP-Free’.


        The technology created by Hewlett Packard denies Palestinians freedom of movement in the West Bank and Gaza. Hewlett-Packard sells the tools necessary for state repression: surveillance and population registration technologies. The biometric IDs, fingerprinting, and retinal scanning equipment and software developed by HP are critical to Israel’s ability to maintain segregation and apartheid.


        Although this is an American campaign, many of the resources they are producing can be used here in the UK to help us achieve the same goals.


        On their website is a presentation and notes to download that you can use in your Church, and also a full list of the other resources available from other organisations campaigning on this issue.


        The Palestine Solidarity Campaign also has a full page dedicated to the Stop HP Campaign, so please visit there too.


        FOSNA has started running Webinars on the campaign, which are free to join and available for anyone to be part of. We will post any future dates here on this page.

        UN Security Council takes historic vote on settlements

        On Friday December 23rd, the UN Security Council voted by fourteen votes to nil for a motion that condemns settlements as “a flagrant violation of international law” and calls for an immediate and total freeze.


        What we can legally do against the anti-BDS campaign

        Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, barrister and legal consultant for Al Haq, writes in Al Jazeera on the solid legal strategy needed to resist states succumbing to Israel pressure and imposing BDS bans. (more…)

        US Senators introduce bill to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

        Three US senators introduced a bill to congress on Wednesday 4th Jan that would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. (more…)

        Labour calls for inquiry into Israeli diplomat’s plot to ‘take down MP’s’

        From the Guardian: Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and the Labour party call on the government to immediately launch an inquiry into “improper interference in our democratic politics” after the disclosure that an Israeli embassy official had plotted to “take down” UK MPs regarded as hostile. (more…)

        Iona Community issues new position statement on Israel/Palestine

        The Iona Community has published a Position Statement on Israel/Palestine this month, December 2016. This is a response to the call of Palestinian Christians in the Kairos Palestine document of 2009, and is timed to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. (more…)

        Centenary of the Balfour Declaration 2017

        When Britain promised to give away Palestine

        Members of Friends of Sabeel and Sabeel-Kairos have produced a flyer to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, and raise awareness of the unfinished promises and commitments to the Palestinian population that were made in the letter, and the disastrous results of the declaration itself for the rights of the indigenous population. We would encourage you to download and print it yourselves, or to order hard copies please contact Friends of Sabeel on 


        UK councils link ‘empathy’ for Palestinians to terrorism threat

        York council listed Palestinian activism among risks in local ‘counter-terror profile’, while another flagged up charity collections for Palestine


        Ask your MP to attend the Parliamentary debate on Israeli settlements

        EAPPI are asking you to take action and ask your MP to attend the debate in the UK Parliament on Thursday, February 9th on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Below you can find all the information you need, including a template letter from our Sabeel-Kairos Community group in Reading.


        From Bethlehem, WCC general secretary: “Together we are stronger”

        Speaking in Bethlehem on the evening of 8 December, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflected on the light from the very first Christmas in the very same town, and what that light means in a global search for just peace.


        Open Bethlehem DVD now available for worldwide viewing

        Click here to order yours now.


        By limiting criticism of Israel, Theresa May’s new definition of anti-Semitism will do more harm than good

        Opinion piece by Ben White in the Independent:


        Prime Minister Theresa May today announced that the UK is formally adopting a definition of anti-Semitism agreed on earlier this year by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

        This definition is not new, however, and it poses a familiar threat to legitimate criticism of the State of Israel. (more…)

        Take action: Ask your MP to sign this EDM on Israeli settlement football teams

        Please contact your MP now to ask him to sign Early Day Motion 811 and raise the issue of FIFA recognising football teams from illegal Israeli settlements. Click here for the link to the EDM and the signatories so far.


        Pax Christi International call for a new Israeli-Palestinian peace process

        Pax Christi International believes that this is the moment for a renewed commitment to end the violence and to reach a just and sustainable solution guaranteeing the fundamental rights of both Israelis and Palestinians in accordance with international law.  (more…)

        Displaced once, twice and now three times. The plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria


        More than 60 years after the establishment of Israel, there is no Arab-Israeli issue that remains as utterly divisive as the fate of Palestinian refugees. (more…)

        Christians and Jews issue joint statement on freedom of speech on Israel and Palestine

        Sabeel-Kairos has joined together with Jews for Justice for Palestinians and other prominent Christian groups and individuals to challenge the backlash against criticism of Israel’s policies which affect Palestinian human rights, and the classification of such criticism as anti-Semitic. (more…)

        Where does Donald Trump stand on Israel?

        This is the first of two posts about the reaction to Donald Trump’s election as President of the USA – they serve to demonstrate the diverse views and uncertainty around what might happen.

        Judy Maltz, writing in Haaretz, has done an analysis of what Trump has said about Israel and Palestine. (Nov 11, 2016)

        Since announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Donald Trump has changed his tune on Israel dramatically: From the “neutral dealmaker” who kept his cards close to his chest at the beginning of the race, he was sounding more and more like some of the hardline members of the Israeli government by its conclusion.


        President Trump Has Shattered Jews’ American Idyll

        This is the second of our posts about the reaction to Donald Trump’s election as President of the USA – they serve to demonstrate the diverse views and uncertainty around what might happen.

        American Jews have transformed virtually overnight from insiders to outsiders; the appointment of ex-Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon, an accused anti-Semite, as chief strategist, is bound to exacerbate the tensions.


        Israeli Ministers Unanimously Approve Bill to Legalize West Bank Outposts

        Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation unanimously approved a bill on 13th November that would retroactively legalize outposts in the West Bank, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s objection and Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit’s position on the issue.


        Reclaiming the lost Jewish voices of the Balfour Declaration

        Robert Cohen has written a very interesting article on his blog about the Balfour Declaration and Zionism. Well worth reading in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of Balfour in 2017.

        Urgent: Save Umm al-Hiran from immediate demolition

        Update: January 2017


        A recent report from the organisation Haqel – Jews and Arabs in Defence of Human Rights highlights plans for the eviction of families from Umm al-Hiran on January 15th following the breakdown of negotiations with the Bedouin community in December 2016, when they were given the only option to move immediately to Hura with no agreement on their rights or future.


        Haqel are calling on people globally to respond by sending a picture of 100 year-old Musa Hussein, who faces eviction if the plans go ahead, to Israeli Embassy’s around the world. We would also recommend that you copy the letter/email/fax to your MP too, so that they are aware of the Israeli governments plans.


        For more information and to take action, please visit this website:


        There is also more information on the Haqel Facebook page (more…)

        Women from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla deported and speak out

        On October 5th the Israeli Naval forces intercepted the Zaytouna-Oliva, which was carrying women activists seeking to reach Gaza and break the blockade.  (more…)

        Birth of a Sabeel-Kairos Jew

        Am I a radical Jew? A disloyal Jew? A post Zionist Jew? An angry Jew? Robert Cohen shares his latest thoughts on Judaism, Israel, justice, and his hope for the possibility of a ‘Jewish Sabeel-Kairos moment’ (more…)

        Palestinian children from Lajee dance troupe face military prosecution

        The Lajee centre in Aida refugee camp has seen an alarming number of attacks on it recently. Sheffield Sabeel-Kairos community, who hosted the group earlier this year have issued a press release and call to action on behalf of several children from the centre who have been arrested.  (more…)

        A study in hypocrisy

        “They don’t understand,” said a young man outside an Orthodox New Jersey synagogue where I often pray, spreading his hands helplessly to emphasize the great gulf between the consciousness of religious and non-religious Jews. “We put God first.”


        Resource for those on pilgrimage

        Garth Hewitt has produced Songs from the Fifth Gospel, a double album of songs, prayers and stories about the land once known as ‘holy – for those on pilgrimage.


        Songs from the Fifth Gospel – a new resource from Garth Hewitt

        A new resource from Garth Hewitt – Songs from the Fifth Gospel, a double album of songs, prayers and stories about the land once known as ‘holy – for those on pilgrimage.


        Stop the illegal demolition of Palestinian homes

        Over 800 homes destroyed and 1000 displaced in 2016 so far

        Stop the illegal demolition of Palestinian homes!

        Help us reach 2000 signatures

        North West Sabeel-Kairos community

        An umbrella group covering supporters and churches in the North West of England.

        Chair: John Logan

        Address by Primate of All Ireland to Mayor of Bethlehem

        Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland gave an address at a meeting with Ms Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Occupied Territories on 13th September. Archbishop Martin is leading an eight-day pilgrimage of solidarity to the Holy Land accompanied by 177 pilgrims from all around Ireland.

        Read the full story in the Independent Catholic News.

        Members of the European Parliament show support to Women’s Boat to Gaza

        On September 14th at the plenary session in Strasbourg Members of the European Parliament from GUEN/NGL organised solidarity action with Women’s Boat to Gaza that left from Barcelona yesterday evening, aiming to arrive in Gaza by October 1.


        Reflections from Hind Khoury, Sabeel-Kairos Palestine, on the World Week for Peace

        Dismantle ‘Dividing walls’: The Struggle for Justice and Peace in Palestine Continues

        Hind Khoury, Sabeel-Kairos Palestine

        15 September 2016

        Raids on Al-Duheisha refugee camp

        After leading regular raids on Al-Duheisha camp, an Israeli commander known as ‘Captain Nidal’ has threatened to make “all of the youth in the camp disabled” and made statements including: “I will have all of you walking with crutches and in wheelchairs,”.


        Resourcing funds to document abuses on women by Israel for ICC attention

        The UN is now raising resources needed for a Palestinian women’s fund which will document abuses of Palestinian women “by the Israeli occupation.”


        Scottish drive to put Israeli apartheid wall on Google Maps

        An international push to make Google show Israel’s illegal wall around Palestinian territory on its Maps service will be launched this week by a Scottish MEP.


        Israel lobby efforts fail to dent campaigns for Palestinian rights in the US

        Across the country, students are gearing up for another academic year and another season of campaigning for Palestinian rights. They are organising amidst expanded attacks on free speech waged by well-funded Israel lobby groups on and off campus.


        Israel disclaims responsibility for Gaza crimes

        A UN agency has stated that Israel disclaims criminal responsibility for a devastating assault on a UNRWA premises in Gaza during the 2014 offensive.
        These remarks came in response to the Israeli military closing its criminal investigation into an attack in Rafah. An Israeli missile struck the road outside a UN school being used as a shelter, killing 15 and injuring 30. UNRWA had alerted the Israeli Army “on 33 separate occasions that this school in Rafah was being used to accommodate the displaced, the last time only an hour before the attack.”

        The UNRWA spokesperson asserted: “This raises serious questions about the conduct of military operations in relation to obligations under international humanitarian law and respect for the inviolability and sanctity of United Nations premises under international law.” UNRWA has “called for accountability in this case and in others”. It further states that “any indication that responsibility was being evaded would be a matter of grave concern.”
        For full report read more in The Middle East Monitor

        Gaza children return after a 10-day football trip in Ireland 

        The Al Helal football club (All aged between 10 and 14 years) from Gaza toured seven cities in Ireland. The project “Gaza kids to Ireland”, initiated by Gaza Action Ireland (GAI), required two long years of work to gather the funds and prepare logistics. GAI was formed by Irish activists who were involved in the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign that was launched to maximise Irish participation in the Freedom Flotilla

        The team had “huge difficulties to get the travel permits from the Israeli authorities,” explained Zoe Lawlor, GAI Cordinator.” Five accompanying adults, one of them a female child psychologist were denied access to travel.

        It was the very first time the teens could go out of the besieged strip and experience a different culture. They were appreciative of the “kind, generous and warm reception of the Irish people; even people that we randomly met in the streets insisted to offer us meals or ice creams”.

        Children in Gaza above 9 years old have experienced three wars in their short lifetime. Thousands suffer from post traumatic stress disorders. Sports and arts function as an escape and provide relief in a reality surrounded by destruction. They now have a “new story to tell, one of freedom, friendship, play and solidarity in Ireland”.
        Read full report from Palestine Monitor

        Israel erases Palestine-related contents from school books in Jerusalem

        The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) in Occupied Jerusalem has omitted all texts and pictures that are related to Palestine and the struggle against the occupation from Palestinian school books before distributing them.
        According to the Hebrew newspaper Iroshalim, the Israeli municipality and the ministry of education deleted Quranic verses, poems and other contents from Palestinian curriculums advocating the Palestinian struggle against the occupation. The IOA recently distributed these books that contained some blank pages and blackened lines to Palestinian schools in the holy city.
        Read full story on The Palestinian Information Centre website

        Palestinian human rights organizations under threat

        Two Palestinian human rights groups have been subjected to death threats and a campaign of disinformation after stepping up efforts to hold Israel to account.

        Since 2015, anonymous death threats have been sent to individuals working for the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Ramallah-based Al Haq organisation. The groups say that their donors have received forged communications claiming to be from staff members and auditors.

        The threats and false correspondences are said to have increased after the groups intensified their calls for International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel, Human Rights Watch have revealed”.
        Read full article on the website of The Arab

        Sabeel-Kairos Campaign – 2017

          Reading Sabeel-Kairos Community

          Kairos Reading Facebook page

          Celtic fans raise over £130,000 for Palestinian charities

          From the Guardian: Celtic fans have raised more than £130,000 for Palestinian charities in an attempt to match an impending Uefa fine for displaying Palestinian flags at a match against an Israeli team. (more…)

          Missiles fired into northern Gaza

          On Sunday there were several missile attacks from Israel into the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, injuring 5 Palestinians after a rocket fired from Gaza fell inside the southern Israeli city of Sderot. (more…)

          Erasing Palestine from its maps: Google blames ‘removal’ on malfunction

          Widespread backlash has forced Google to respond to claims accusing it of erasing Palestine from its maps saying the mistake was “a computer malfunction”. (more…)

          World Vision in Gaza- the continuing saga

          World Vision has rebutted Israeli claims that its Gaza director could have diverted tens of millions of dollars to the Palestinian resistance organization Hamas.


          Unemployment in Gaza highest in the world


          The economic situation in Gaza is hard as the unemployment rate is the highest in the world. In a report, UNRWA said finding a job in Gaza is “not that easy work” due to the high unemployment rate.


          Two years on, Scotland’s Jews concerned over Gaza – but for all the wrong reasons

          Robert Cohen reflects on research conducted this summer by the Scottish Council of Jewish communities. (more…)

          Israel will now barricade Gaza with a Wall


          Israel plans to build a massive concrete wall along its border with the blockaded Gaza Strip, and with the stated aim of destroying cross-border tunnels dug by Gaza-based resistance groups, Israeli press reported.


          Israeli newspaper says BDS achieved global successes

          Israeli newspaper Maariv said that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement had achieved global successes. In a report about BDS, Maariv reported remarks of an Israeli researcher that contradicted previous reports by Netanyahu that BDS is busy in side battles related to defending its legal status.
          The former Israeli Ambassador to Amman Oded Eran said that Netanyahu’s reports were “exaggerations” because BDS is supported in many countries that have good relations with Israel.
          Read more from Middle East Monitor

          500 rabbis urge Israel to stop demolition of Palestinian homes

          Over 500 rabbis from Israel, Britain, the US and Canada have called on the Israeli prime minister to stop demolishing Palestinian homes. Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) say Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance is against “international law and Jewish tradition.”


          Israel passes law allowing imprisonment of Palestinians aged 14 and under

          Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill permitting the imprisonment of children under the age of 14. The legislation, labeled the “Youth Bill,” would allow Israeli authorities to imprison a child if convicted of “terrorism” against Israeli civilians or military personnel.


          US warns of ‘harsh’ response if Israel demolishes Susiya

          Britain and the EU join diplomatic push to prevent the demolition of the south Hebron hills village as US try to exert pressure on Israel. (more…)

          Deporting Solidarity: One woman’s experience

          From Al-Haq comes this first hand experience of Israel deporting foreign activists who stand in solidarity with Palestinians (more…)

          2016 National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine: 15 Nov

          Organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign


          Join us on the 15th of November from 12pm-6pm for our national lobby of parliament. (more…)

          Israeli plan to deport and ban BDS activists met with outcry

          From Ma’an News, 9 Aug

          The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) denounced on Monday a recent move by the Israeli government seeking to identify and deport foreigners involved in pro-Palestinian activism in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.


          Google: Put Palestine on your maps!

          A new petition is taking off on challenging google to name Palestine on its maps. (more…)

          Petition for Rabbis to sign: Stop Netanyahu from demolishing Palestinian homes

          Over 500 Rabbis from Israel, the UK, the US and Canada have signed a petition on Avaaz to stop the Israeli Prime minister from destroying hundreds of Palestinian homes and structures across the West Bank.


          The campaign, led by Rabbis for Human Rights, calls on Jewish leaders worldwide to send a united message to Netanyahu that his stance is against international law and Jewish tradition.


          If you are a Rabbi or Cantor please do sign and share this petition.

          Obama’s last gasp on Palestine-Israel

          Speculation is rife that the Obama administration in a last gasp effort may work to open up spaces that set parameters for a future solution.


          Palestinian Knesset members: Israeli expulsion law violates rules of democracy

          Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, acquired a draconian new power last week: With a three-quarters majority of its members, it can now expel an elected politician if their views are found unacceptable.


          High Court wants to know why Israel won’t recognize an Arab village

          Israel’s High Court of Justice has given Israel 90 days to explain its decades-long refusal to recognize the Palestinian village of Dahmash, located in central Israel.


          Dozens of Members of the European Parliament call on the EU to support the right to boycott

          More than 30 MEPs have called on the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, to take measures assuring freedom of expression regarding the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality and recognising Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, as a human rights defender.

          The list of BDS victories keeps growing

          This month marks 11 years since the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as tools to end worldwide complicity with Israel’s regime of colonization and apartheid, and to support freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people.

          Israel won’t tolerate dissent from any quarter

          A new bill proposing fines for social media sites that do not remove anti-occupation content received the Israeli government’s approval last Sunday. The bill (Zionist Union) gave social media providers, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, 48 hours to remove anti-Israel content. Ignoring the orders would invite a fine of $78,000 per post.

          Read report

          Refugees’ needs in Gaza greater than available funds 

          The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has warned that the needs of refugees in the Gaza Strip are greater than the funds available, the Safa news agency reported.


          Gaza: Resistance through Poetry

          “(At dawn) … I will resist … (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.”

          This is a translated verse from Mu’in Bseiso’s “Three Walls of the Torture Chamber.” He was — and remains — one of Gaza’s most influential intellectuals and renowned poets.
          After Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in 1967, he lived in exile for the rest of his life, hopping from one country to another. Many of Gaza’s great intellectuals were exiled as well; others languished in jail or were assassinated.


          UPDATED: Study Resource for Christian Groups based on the Kairos Palestine Movement

          Sabeel-Kairos member and academic Karen Fairfax-Chomeley has written an excellent study pack for Christian Groups based on the Kairos Palestine movement and call from Palestinian Christians to respond to the situation of injustice they face. (more…)


          Please email us to tell us about your events during the World Week for Peace. We can advertise these for you here, and on partners’ websites.


          Newcastle, Saturday 17 September, 10:30am to 4:30pm

          Quaker Meeting House, West Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4ES

          Keynote speaker: Zoughbi Zouhbi, Director, Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre, Bethlehem

          Workshops • Exhibition • Refreshments • Worship Admission FREE


          Wolverhampton, Monday 19 September, 7:30pm

          Springdale Methodist Church, Warstones Road, Wolverhampton,WV4 4LE.

          Zoughbi Zoughbi, founder and director of Wi’am, the Palestine Conflict Management Centre in Bethlehem, will be speaking.

          All welcome


          Crowthorne, Berkshire, Tuesday 20th September, 7.30-9.30pm

          Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG45 7NT.

          Stories from the Holy Land through words, pictures, drama and music. More details available nearer the time on the Crowthorne Parish Church website


          Roby Mill, Skelmersdale, Thursday 22nd September, 10.30am-3.30pm

          The Farmhouse, School Lane, Roby Mill, Skelmersdale, WN8 0QT

          Using prayer stations, film, art and worship resources from the land called ‘Holy’ we will reflect prayerfully on this year’s World Week for Peace theme and join people of faith around the world seeking peace and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians.

          Full details of the event here: 2016_WWPI_Roby_Mill_final


          Israel/Palestine – Where’s the Hope? – 22nd September – Salisbury

          A meeting organised by Sarum Concern for Israel/Palestine  on Thursday 22 September 7.00 for 7.30pm at Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE

          Speaker: Jeremy Moodey, Chief Executive – Embrace the Middle East.  Palestinian goods for sale.  Free entry, retiring collection.  An event for the World Council of Churches sponsored World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.
          Jeremy is a former diplomat in Pakistan and Rome and investment banker.  Since 2009 he has been Chief Executive of BibleLands, now called Embrace the Middle East.  He is passionate about justice in the Middle East and supporting the witness of historic Christian communities in the region.
          See for more info.


          There plenty of resources for the World Week for Peace this year!


          The UK working group for the WWPPI have produced the following:


          In addition, the Iona Community have also produced a wonderful resource for the week ‘Seven Days: Stories and Reflections for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel’ 

          You can download the PDF for £3.20 from Wild Goose Publications.


          Also, from the World Council of Churches and PIEF there are also a range of resources from Palestine for the week including:


          Ordering resources

          To order either the promotional postcard or the campaign postcard please email your request to


          The resources are free, but we ask you to cover the postage costs if possible.

          What the economic boycott of Israel can achieve

          BDS will never bankrupt Israel, and that is not necessary for it to achieve its goals: showing that the emperor has no clothes, and empowering justice-minded people everywhere to disengage from a hyper-militarized, violent rogue state, until it stops violating international law and the human rights of an oppressed people. (more…)

          Catholic community, Diocese of Wrexham


          Urgent Action: Save Susiya and Umm al-Hiran from demolition

          August 2016: The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has launched and urgent call to save the fate of two Palestinian villages from destruction in the coming weeks. Please act now. (more…)

          11 Years of BDS in South Africa

          To mark the huge success of the BDS campaign in South Africa, the BDS movement in South Africa has produced an excellent video covering the highlights of the last 11 years.  (more…)

          Hebron under collective punishment

          Palestinians officials calls on the international community and human rights groups to intervene and pressure Israel to lift its siege on the Hebron district, end home invasions and halt abductions. (more…)

          The WCC affirms commitment to finding a solution to the conflict

          The World Council of Churches, meeting in Trondheim on 22nd-28th June 2016, has issued a powerful statement about the situation in Israel/Palestine.


          Statement from the WCC Central Committee

          WCC affirms commitment to finding a timely solution to conflict in Israel and Palestine – Statement on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peace Process

          “He has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2.14)

          Statement approved by the WCC Central Committee, Trondheim, Norway, 2016, 22-28 June


          Presbyterian Church in the USA takes action for Palestinian children

          The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the USA has approved actions in advocacy towards Palestinian children and against military detention.


          Presbyterian Church (USA) reaffirms strong support to Palestinian rights

          During its 222nd biennial General Assembly, which took place in Portland, Oregon this week, the Presbyterian Church (USA) continued its strong support for Palestinian rights with the passage of a series of overtures.


          Open Gaza – give its people a future

          Two years on from the war in Gaza and still 75,000 Palestinians remain homeless or displaced. International organisations working in Gaza are raising the alarm once more and calling on world leaders to #OpenGaza (more…)

          Hanan Ashrawi: ‘Nominating Israel to chair UNGA committee like asking wolf to guard sheep’

          Commenting on the Western European and Others Group’s (WEOG) decision to nominate Israel for the chairmanship of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned the move.


          Attacks on BDS websites linked to Israel

          Israel may be directly involved in attacks on the websites of the Palestinian BDS National Committee and other organizations supporting Palestinian rights.


          Israel announces 82 new settlement units in Jerusalem amid escalating anger


          Israeli Occupation Authorities announced plans to construct 82 units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo and to build an illegal settlement outpost of 15,000 units in the Qalandia Airport area north of Jerusalem.


          Paris peace gambit — everyone gains except the Palestinians

          The Israelis seem to have figured out the whole thing and opted out. But the hapless Palestinian leadership, along with its Arab League partners, joined by the French, EU and UN representatives, and even US Secretary of State John Kerry, decided to play along. (more…)

          A statement by Palestinian associations and institutions in Europe

          Palestinians in Europe against “French initiative” – In defense of Palestinian right of return. (more…)

          New BDS iPhone App will allow you to search for a company’s link to Israel

          Jack Moore reports in the International Business Times that the new app could take the BDS campaign to the next level. (more…)

          G4S reneges on promise to exit Israel

          War on Want report that G4S recommitted to doing business in Israel during the AGM last week. (more…)

          How Israel ‘transfers’ land from Palestinians to settlers

          Kamel Hawwash a British/Palestinian engineering professor based at the University of Birmingham and a long-standing campaigner for justice describes how “Israel certainly knows the concept of fair play, but that is far from evident in the numerous nefarious ways it obtains land from Palestinians”.


          Netanyahu rejects French-convened international peace summit

          Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a French proposal for a Middle East peace conference suggesting instead direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.


          British Palestinian girl disqualified from English speaking competition

          Last week a video of Leanne Mohamad went viral when she performed her  winning speech “Birds not Bombs” in a regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. Now she’s been silenced. (more…)

          British historian boycotts Israeli award

          British historian Catherine Hall has turned down a prestigious Israeli award, citing political reasons. (more…)

          Breast cancer is bad enough – imagine enduring it in Gaza

          Philippa Whitford, writing in the guardian on 18 May says:

          My return to the territory as a cancer surgeon revealed women struggling to access vital treatment. And the international community has turned away.


          European call for support for the right to boycott

          Sabeel-Kairos is one of the 354 European human rights organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties that have called on the EU to support their right to boycott.


          Sign the appeal to the UN about Israel’s war of repression on BDS

          The BDS movement has launched an appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take the necessary measures to uphold and protect the rights of Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders who campaign nonviolently for Palestinian rights, including through the BDS movement.  (more…)

          Jeremy Moodey – letter in the Church of England Newspaper

          Jeremy Moodey, CEO of Embrace the Middle East and board member of Sabeel-Kairos writes a compelling letter in the Church of England on the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.  (more…)

          World Council of Churches: Israeli treatment of representatives at airport ‘unacceptable’

          The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches spoke out on Sunday after several staff and partners were detained or deported from Israel after travelling there for a climate justice meeting. (more…)

          Mark Braverman: BDS is not anti-Semitic, it’s the best hope for Israel

          Sabeel-Kairos USA Executive Director Mark Braverman writes in the Santa Cruz sentinel challenging the accusations of BDS as anti-Semitic and offering a different viewpoint. (more…)

          Lift the Blockade on Gaza: Petition by MAP

          The blockade of Gaza, now in its tenth year, significantly restricts the movement of basic building materials. Severe shortages in medicines and equipment for hospitals mean that more patients need referrals outside of Gaza for life-saving treatment. And travel permits are increasingly difficult to obtain. It’s time to end the blockade on Gaza.


          Please add your name to end the blockade on Gaza and let Palestinians rebuild.

          Dutch political parties call for sanctions on Israel

          Two Dutch political parties are calling for sanctions on Israel for its ongoing violations of Palestinian rights.


          UN rejects Israel’s claim over Syria’s Golan Heights

          The UN Security Council has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the annexed Golan Heights in Syria would “forever” remain under Israeli control.


          Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t got an ‘antisemitism problem’. His opponents do.

          The Institute for Jewish Policy Research has lamented
          ‘the hyperbole, bias and conjecture that litter public discourse’
          on antisemitism. The allegations of widespread or increasing antisemitism in the Labour party offer ample evidence of all three.


          Occupation captured by Christian Peacemaker Teams

          Israel’s silent war against journalists in Palestine

          Omar Nazzal was on his way to attend the General Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Bosnia when he was detained by Israeli soldiers on Saturday as he tried to cross from the occupied West Bank into Jordan.
          He is the latest victim of a growing list of Palestinian journalists who have been arrested and detained arbitrarily by the occupation forces. It confirms more than anything else the lengths to which Israel is prepared to go in order to silence Palestinian voices and destroy media freedoms.

          There are at least 20 journalists, including one woman, and media students who are being held in Israeli jails in the legal limbo known as administrative detention.
          Read more

          Christian leaders denounce the recent wave of anti-BDS legislation

          173 Christian Leaders in America have expressed concern at the recent wave of anti-BDS legislation.


          Israeli Settlers torch Christian school in Jerusalem.


          Israeli Jewish settlers have torched a Christian religious school in Jerusalem and written phrases offensive to Jesus Christ on its walls. The fire was started in one of the school rooms and a toilet used by priests and Palestinian students of Christianity inside the school.


          Letter to PEN America: Don’t partner with Israel

          Eleven organisations and 61 individuals have written an open letter to PEN America to protest that Israel limits freedom on expression and should be subject to a cultural boycott.


          Bethlehem In Danger

          Sabeel-Kairos Palestine have issued a statement of concern about the annexation of land in the Cremisan Valley and the effects on the people and environment in Bethlehem and Beit Jala, with suggested action you can take. (more…)

          Father Mario, Parish Priest

          Father Mario is from Brazil, but has been based in Gaza for the last 3 years. The Latin Parish serves the community through the Church and Pontifical Mission projects. These are projects that focus on not only the material needs of people in Gaza but the spiritual ones too. (more…)


          The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together in 2016 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.

          The theme of the week in 2016, to be observed during 18-24 September, is: “God has broken down the dividing walls”

          In social media, please use the hashtag #DismantlingBarriers to talk about this year’s World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.

          How to get involved

          As participants in the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, from 18 to 24 September 2016, churches around the world shall send a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups, and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples.

          Already, planning has begun for the World Week for Peace 2016, during which participants will organize and join in events and activities around the following three principles:

          1. Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.
          2. Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to the wall.
          3. Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.


          This annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been 68 years since the creation of the State of Israel. This has not led to the creation of an independent Palestinian state but has only deepened the tragedy of the Palestinian people. It is now 49 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples.


          Yet the dream of one nation cannot be fulfilled at the expense of another.

          The action week’s message is that now:

          • It’s time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace.
          • It’s time for freedom from occupation.
          • It’s time for equal rights.
          • It’s time for the healing of wounded souls.


          Churches of the Holy Land attend United States summit

          Leaders from churches in the Holy Land met with the heads of faith-based organizations and churches in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) on 19-20 April for a summit that explored the role of US churches in peacemaking in the Middle East. (more…)

          Meet the youngest Palestinian female prisoner

          Halhul, occupied West Bank –  After spending 2.5 months in a prison cell, 12-year-old D* al-Wawi, the youngest Palestinian female detainee, was released on Sunday on early parole.  She speaks to Al Jazeera about her time in Israeli prison. (more…)

          To my fellow Israelis: We can stop this.

          An open letter to my fellow Israelis:

          Jonathan Ofir, Mondoweiss


          This is probably a culmination of nearly a decade’s reviewed study of our history. At some point, beyond the singular stories, cases and arguments, I feel something unequivocal and very generally encompassing needs to be said about our Israeli “miracle”, the manifestation of the Zionist “dream”. (more…)

          FIFA: Give Israeli settlements the Red Card!

          We’re so close to winning, but it’s not in the bag. After tens of thousands of us raised our voices, FIFA’s official Monitoring Committee, led by Tokyo Sexwale, just recommended that Israeli football teams must stop playing on stolen Palestinian land.


          Radical thinking for passover that doesn’t ignore the enslaved Palestinian people

          Robert Cohen, renowned Jewish blogger and human rights activist writes ‘The Wicked Son’s guide to Passover’. Read it in full here

          Christian Leaders denounce Anti-BDS legislation

          118 Christian Leaders have added their names to a petition denouncing the recent wave of anti- BDS legislation that has been sweeping across the globe. (more…)

          US report on human rights says: Nearly half of Palestinians killed by Israel were not carrying out attacks, and many times did not pose a threat to life

          The Obama administration accused Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians during a wave of deadly violence, in an annual report that pointed to a global decline in human rights.


          Latin Patriarchate protests Israeli resumption of work on separation wall in Cremisan


          Construction work on the separation wall in the Cremisan valley near Bethlehem intensified at the beginning of April 2016 and has entered its operational phase. After excavators and bulldozers, cranes are now embedding sections that were once home of centuries-old olive trees.


          Poll: Half of Israeli Jews would not live in apartment building with Arabs

          Nearly half of Israeli Jews would not live in the same apartment building as an Arab family, a survey found.


          Unitarians to divest from companies complicit in violation of Palestinian Rights

          The Unitarian Universalist Association is to divest from Corporations complicit in the Violation of Palestinian Rights at Unitarian Universalists 2016 Assembly.


          Palestinian Prisoners Day – 17 April

          From the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum

          On 17 April each year, Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian people, and the world mark the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners. (more…)

          Lucy Talgieh honored for outstanding women’s rights work in Palestine

          The Independent Commission for Human Rights in Palestine honoured Lucy Talgieh as a Human Rights activist on March 8th, International Women’s Day, 2016. This honor came in recognition for the work that she does with the Wiam Palestinian Conflict Resolution and Transformation Centre. where she is currently the Women’s Project Coordinator.


          On the ground – an Open Letter to President Barack Obama

          Dear Mr. President,

          As president of the most powerful country on the planet; the loving and protective father of two children; and a man fully aware of the human struggles of so many in the down-trodden communities of many lands, including your own, your eyes must have been opened during the last three—of many—Israeli assaults on besieged Gaza, where I live with my wife and young son.


          Former Hebrew school teacher: ‘Zionism is nationalism, not Judaism’

          The media have at last taken up an important discussion: the relationship of Judaism and Zionism.


          The facade of Israel is cracking

          For many more years than any intelligent person would want to count, Israel was the sacred cow of the United States. From its violent, bloody, genocidal inception that involved the ethnic cleansing of at least 750,000 Palestinians, and the murder of another 10,000, right through to the illegal, immoral occupation of the West Bank and blockade (aka occupation) of the Gaza Strip, Israel, in the view of U.S. governance and politics, could do no wrong.


          Israeli Companies Leaving West Bank in Apparent Response to Boycott Pressure


          “Responding to international boycott pressures and other constraints, a growing number of Israeli companies operating in the West Bank are moving their facilities to locations within the country’s internationally recognised borders.”


          1/3 of Palestinian Village Left Homeless by Demolitions in 2016

          The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 87 of the Atouf’s 250 residents, including 35 children, had lost their homes in three separate demolitions since January.


          Videographer who filmed execution of Palestinian receives death threats

          A Palestinian videographer and human rights worker whose video of the murder of a 21-year old Palestinian by an Israeli soldier has received widespread attention has received a number of death threats, as well as gatherings outside his home of Israeli settlers threatening to harm him, and has been told by the Israeli police and military that they will not protect him or his family from the settlers.


          Two Palestinian women freed from Israeli prison, narrate horrific experiences

          Manal Tamimi, and Mona Qa’adan two prominent Palestinian women activists were freed late last week. Tamimi and her family in Nabi Saleh village are internationally known for their popular, grassroots struggle and protests against the confiscation of their agricultural land by an illegal Israeli settlement.


          Palestinian woman awards for teaching non-violence through play


          A Palestinian teacher’s efforts to promote non-violence has won her international recognition when she was awarded a prestigious global teaching award.

          April News

          Read the latest newsletter from Sabeel-Kairos (more…)

          MP’s plea to release Marwan Barghouthi after 14 years

          Marwan Barghouthi could bring peace and independence to Palestine. But he’s in jail. Leading MPs from all parties have signed a parliamentary motion calling on the Israeli parliament to release the Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouthi who has been in jail continuously for the last 14 years.


          Demolitions in the West Bank soar

          The West Bank has endured an unprecedented number of demolitions during the first part of 2016, leaving an average of 45 Palestinian every week homeless. (more…)

          Easter message from the Churches of Jerusalem

          The Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem offer us these wise words at Easter (more…)

          Mohammad, 19

          “I can bring home food now, and shop for my family”


          Mohammad is a graduate of the NECC Vocational training centre in Shejaiya, from the metal and aluminium course. Following that, he was selected for the job creation programme and given a 6-month contract at a workshop which makes kitchen units. After the 6 months his employee was so impressed with his work and commitment that he gave him a permanent contract. (more…)

          Christ Church Reddish (Methodist/URC)

          Reddish, Cheshire, UK

          Website here.

          A Sabeel-Kairos Perspective of Tourism and Pilgrimage: Come and See

          When we created the Sabeel-Kairos Document (launched in December 2009), we at Sabeel-Kairos Palestine tried to reflect on what tourism and pilgrimage really mean to us. In our advocacy, we try to see and respond to both our reality and our rights. (more…)

          US, UK, Germany, and France publicly denounce settlement expansion


          The US, UK, French and German governments condemned Israel’s decision to further expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank last week.


          850 Gaza Christians receive permits to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

          Hundreds of Christian Palestinians from the Gaza Strip will travel to celebrate Easter in Bethlehem and occupied East Jerusalem after the Israeli authorities agreed to grant them permits.

          Kairos Palestine Easter Alert 2016

          Kairos Palestine have released an Easter Alert – Together towards the year of Jubilee with theological reflections, stories and prayers to use throughout Easter and Pentecost. (more…)

          Sweden denies Israeli claim that it opposes BDS

           Despite claims in the news that Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström in Stockholm had agreed to publicly denounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, we now have a clarification from authentic sources as reported in the Electronic Intifada.


          Youngest Palestinian in Israeli administrative detention

          Sixteen-year-old Hamza Hamad from the West Bank village of Silwad was placed in administrative detention last week, making him the youngest administrative detainee in Israeli prison.


          Israel takes over 2300 acres of land near Jericho, declares it “state property”

          Palestine News Network reports that “The Israeli government on Tuesday announced the seizure of 2340 acres of land in the Jericho area, central West Bank, claiming it ‘state land’. Israel Radio said the Israeli government has embarked on this confiscation despite pressures from the United States and the United Nations attempting to prevent it. In most cases, Israel announces thousands of acres as ‘state lands’, which are then granted to the illegal settlers.


          Israeli human rights/civil society groups condemn attacks against Al-Haq

          Israeli human rights and civil society organisations have condemned in the strongest possible terms the ongoing anonymous attacks against Palestinian human rights organisations, and most recently against Al-Haq.


          Palestine awarded full membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration

          On Monday, Palestine was awarded a full membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, after 57 countries votes in favour, 24 abstained and zero voted against. (more…)

          G4S to pull out of Israel

          The private “security” conglomerate G4S has announced that they are selling off their Israeli subsidiary, and getting out of the U.S. and U.K. youth prison businesses within the next two years.

          This is a huge win for the BDS movement.


          Columbia University professors sign petition in support of BDS

           Forty Columbia University faculty members have signed a petition urging the New York school to divest from companies that
          “supply, perpetuate, and profit from a system that has subjugated the Palestinian people.”


          Palestinians in Israel hold first BDS conference


          WCC refutes Gatestone Institute’s criticism of Lenten campaign on water

          The World Council of Churches (WCC) has sent an open letter to the Gatestone Institute in response to the institute’s web articles criticizing the WCC’s “Seven Weeks for Water” campaign. The campaign focuses on critical water issues affecting the people of Palestine, particularly in the occupied territories”.


          Stop demolitions in the West Bank

          The West Bank has endured an unprecedented number of demolitions during the first part of 2016, leaving an average of 45 Palestinian every week homeless. (more…)

          Palestinian teachers organised sit-in protests across the occupied West Bank on 1st March as a teachers’ strike calling on the Palestinian Authority to guarantee their rights entered its 16th consecutive day.



          Knesset speaker and settler to talk to the UK Parliament

          Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has said he is “proud to represent the Knesset and the State of Israel, including as a settler of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank],” ahead of a controversial visit to Westminster on Wednesday. (more…)

          Ancient ports

          Our last day in the Holy Land. Yet still the day was packed with activity.

          Checking out of the Restal Hotel in Tiberius went very smoothly. We were on the coach and away by 8am. Our first stop was the ancient Roman port of Caesarea on the Mediterranean coast. After all the wonderful weather, today was rather overcast and windy. We saw a film about Caesarea Philippi, which included some animation on how it all might have looked. Then outside to see the hippodrome where chariots would have raced and gladiators fought. We were able to wander through the ancient buildings and walk over the mosaics. Fascinating.


          Then back in the coach to Jaffa, or Joppa as it was called in the Bible. Here Solomon imported huge timbers for the temple, Jonah sailed for Nineveh, and Peter stayed with Simon the tanner when he met Cornelius and converted him. Saladin, Napoleon, and the British attacked and conquered Jaffa, and still it stands. Many Israeli arabs live in Jaffa, but it is increasingly surrounded by apartment blocks which are a feature of Tel Aviv.


          We had a splendid lunch then, before heading for the airport.

          Security at Ben Gurion is always extremely tight. We arrived four hours before our flight. The group waited a while and was then directed into a “lane”. One of the senior security staff came over to quiz our leader about where we had been and what we had done. As we were on a Christian pilgrimage and most of the people were from a single church, we were quickly through security. Checking and and passport checks were routine, so we had quite a while to wait in the departure lounge. The Easyjet flight was fine and we landed at 11:15pm. Our coach was waiting and brought us back to Crowthorne, exhausted but filled with all the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Holy Land.


          The closing prayer from our Eucharist yesterday seems appropriate as the closing prayer for this blog:


          Blessed God,
          help us, whom you have fed and satisfied in this eucharist,
          to hunger and thirst for what is right;

          help us, who have rejoiced and been glad,
          to stand with those who are persecuted and reviled;

          help us, who here have glimpsed the life of heaven,
          to strive for the cause of right and for the coming of the kingdom of Jesus Christ.


          Job vacancy: Friends of Sabeel UK

          Do you have a heart for Palestine and the Christians who live there?
          Friends of Sabeel UK works and prays for the establishment of a just peace for the people of Palestine and Israel. (more…)

          Following Jesus in Galilee

          We set off at 7:45am this morning(!) and headed for the lakeside. We boarded a boat to take us out onto the Sea of Galilee. (more…)

          Where it all started

          Close to Nazareth we find Tzipori National Park. This is said to be some of the best Roman ruins in the world. (more…)

          Travelling north

          After five days packed with activity, it is time to leave Bethlehem and to head north. (more…)

          Meeting Sabeel-Kairos Palestine

          We were so fortunate to have Mrs Hind Khoury, General Secretary of Sabeel-Kairos Palestine to speak to us this evening in Bethlehem. (more…)

          From PSC: Israel boycott ban will not deter Palestinian supporters

          Following the government publishing guidlines for local councils and public bodies on boycott and procurements, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign wrote this helpful response (more…)

          State of Palestine ‘not only matter of justice but of leading normal life’

          Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem writes in the Irish Times.


          Vera Baboun is the first woman mayor of Bethlehem. She is also Catholic. It is the case in the Palestinian Territories that those cities deemed Christian have Christian mayors. They include Ramallah, Birzeit, Zababdeh, Jifna, Ein ’Arik, Aboud, Taybeh, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, and Bethlehem. (more…)

          Send a postcard to Matthew Hancock

          From the Palestine Solidarity Campaign:


          Did you know that Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock went all the way to Jerusalem so he could tell the Israeli Prime Minister in person that the UK Government is curtailing the democratic rights and freedoms of British people to help its Israeli ally? (more…)

          Letters in the Independent: Israel’s boycott ban is antidemocratic

          The Government’s attempts to block public bodies from boycotting and divesting from companies involved in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians undermines local democracy in order to shield Israel from criticism. (more…)

          Israeli Apartheid Week

          Want to support Palestinian freedom, justice and equality?

          Join #IsraeliApartheidWeek 2016


          Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place in more than 150 universities and cities across the world. With creative education and action, IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people and build support for the nonviolent Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


          Check out and #IsraeliApartheidWeek to find out what’s happening in your area. More events in different cities are being added all the time, so do check back if there’s nothing in your city listed yet.


          You can also watch this video to find out more about BDS:


          Making bricks without straw

          An early start this morning (8am), but fabulous weather and scenery as we drive down from the heights of Jerusalem to the lowest inhabited place on earth – Jericho. (more…)

          Sabeel-Kairos Palestine: Letter of support regarding Government plans to stop companies divesting from occupation

          In support and solidarity of UK civil society members and groups who are opposing the government plans to stop local councils making their own ethical decisions about their investments, here is a letter from Sabeel-Kairos Palestine (more…)

          Hearing different narratives

          We were grateful for a later and more leisurely start to the day, as we gathered to walk the short distance from our guest house to the Christmas Church in central Bethlehem. (more…)

          Jesus wept when he saw Jerusalem

          We had a very early start, leaving our hotel at 8am. Today was the opportunity to visit some of the key Christian sites in Jerusalem. Thankfully, it was a warm sunny day, with little wind and blue skies – perfect. (more…)

          Arrival in Bethlehem

          We gathered at the Church at 5:15am in darkness. Everyone was there, all 26 excited to be starting on our adventure. (more…)

          Areej, 16.

          *Areej lives in Shejaiya, and would like to study nursing when she leaves school. She speaks eloquently about how life in Gaza has changed since the last war, and how the sense of community and family is slowly being eroded by the siege. She was injured in the war and has received treatment from Al Ahli hospital. (more…)

          Skip the Trip – new campaign action

          In the face of growing BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) campaigns in support of freedom, justice, and equality, Israel is offering actors, actresses, and directors nominated for an Academy Award this year a $55,000 all-expenses paid trip to Israel as part of its ongoing efforts to hide its violations of Palestinian rights.


          Jewish blogger Robert Cohen writes to Anne Frank on holocaust memorial day

          Dear Anne,


          What would you make of it all?


          Would you be surprised at what has happened to the Jewish people since your death and how the Jewish story is unfolding in the 21st century? Would you be shocked at how we have misused the memory of the Holocaust? Would you be dismayed at the mess we have made of your legacy? (more…)

          PSC are hiring!

          PSC are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Campaigns Officer to join our team.

          We are after someone to work closely with our Campaigns Manager, across a number of PSC’s key campaigns. These will be activist, parliamentary and political campaigns working with PSC partners, branches, and affiliates.

          Palestine in Flux: From Search for State to Search for Tactics

          Official Palestinian institutions and leaders have lost their moral legitimacy in the eyes of the Palestinian people who view them as ineffective or even co-opted by Israel. A new generation of grassroots activists is shifting the focus from the goal of Palestinian statehood to the pursuit of new tactics to resist the Israeli occupation. To improve the lives of Palestinians, this new moral vanguard will need to transform and revive existing Palestinian institutions or build new ones.


          Read online on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website

          The Israeli occupation will end suddenly

          One day the occupation will end. It will probably happen in one fell swoop. And when it happens, it will suddenly emerge that everyone was against it. That the politicians had actually worked to end it, that the journalists strove indefatigably to expose its injustices, that the cultural institutions condemned it courageously and that Israeli academia was a center of persistent resistance, from which the struggle drew ideological and moral backing. In short, everyone was part of the Resistance.


          Take Action: The government plans to stop local councils making ethical decisions on their investments

          Several organisations have opposed the government plans and have set up campaign actions that you can take. (more…)

          Back to the Holy Land

          A group of people from St Johns Church in Crowthorne are going to The Holy Land on 12th-21st February 2016. The trip is being organised by Worldwide Christian Travel and led by Embrace the Middle East. (more…)

          Ireland should recognise Palestine if peace talks fail

          Paul Gillespie’s article in the Irish Times on January 16th suggests that Ireland should recognise Palestine if the peace talk fail again.


          He says

          “It would be a symbolic move, helping to put international pressure on the Israelis and could usefully be debated in the general election campaign.”


          Sabeel-Kairos author ordained

          Congratulations to Sabeel-Kairos Member Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Academic Dean at Bethlehem Bible College, who was ordained in the Church of Redeemer in Jerusalem on 3rd January. May God guide him in his mission!

          Kairos Palestine publication: Life with Dignity

          “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not despairing” (2 Cor. 4:8)


          Kairos Palestine has published the conference proceedings of the “Life with Dignity” conference which was held in Bethlehem in December 2014 and was jointly organized by Kairos Palestine, Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum and the Alternative Tourism Group. (more…)

          Yasmin, 12

          “I want to be a doctor – to help others as I have been helped”


          *Yasmin greets me with a shy but engaging smile. As a young girl living in Gaza she has endured more suffering than any 12 year old I’ve ever met, but an air of optimism and child-like joy still surround her. She starts by telling me that she loves school, and she’s currently missing her favourite subject, Arabic language. (more…)

          Prominent New York-linked artists endorse cultural boycott of Israel

          Leading artists with ties to New York have expressed their support for the cultural boycott of Israel in a new video from campaign group Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel. The video features actor Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe.



          What is BDS? Haidar Eid Explains from Gaza

          The BDS campaign, a call from over 170 organizations in Palestine to the international community to boycott, divest and impose sanctions on Israeli and international companies that benefit from the oppression of Palestinians, now celebrates its 10 anniversary.


          Listen to Dr. Haidar Eid in an interview where he explains the demands that the BDS movement asks from the international community, its history and successes.



          BDS 2015: A Year of Phenomenal Growth

          2015 was a year of phenomenal growth for the BDS movement. MEMO’s Jehan Alfarra takes a look at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, with exclusive interviews with academics and activists.



          UN report highlights Palestinian needs

          The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Occupied Palestinian Territory has released a statistical document related to Palestinians’ humanitarian needs for 2016.


          Arab League to discuss Palestinian bid to join UNSC next week

          An Arab League meeting will discuss in Cairo next week a Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council (UNSC) amid flaring violence between the Palestinians and Israel. The Arabs and Egypt supports the Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council. The meeting will also tackle the latest developments in the Palestinian territories and the current violent tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians.


          Clerics launch ‘Jerusalem Capital of the World’ campaign

          Palestinian Muslim and Christian religious clerics and officials launched a campaign aimed at bolstering Muslim and Christian claims over occupied East Jerusalem. They hope the campaign, “Jerusalem Capital of the World 2016,” will raise international awareness of Palestinian Muslim and Christian heritage in the occupied city, and also annul Israeli claims that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the state of Israel.


          “Let the year 2016 be an international year of solidarity with Jerusalem. We are one nation on this land, which we all love and give sacrifices for,” said Sheikh Sabri, at the conference held to launch the campaign. He added, “The connection between Muslims and Christians on this land is based on justice, love and tolerance and rejection to any aspect of injustice and aggression.”


          Archbishop Hanna said:

          “We express solidarity with every oppressed person in the world, as injustice practiced by humans to their brothers in humanity can never be justified no matter what the pretexts are.”

          Click here for the full story in Ma’an News

          Olof Palme Prize 2015 to go to Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb


          Dr. Mitri Raheb and Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy have been awarded the Olof Palme Prize “for their courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. By their work they both give a ray of hope to a conflict that has plagued and continues to plague millions of people and to endanger world peace.


          BDS in 2015: Seven ways our movement broke new ground against Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid

          The year 2015 will be remembered as the year that Palestinian popular resistance spread across historic Palestine and that saw tens of thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to resist and confront Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.


          Palestinian BDS National Committee


          Will the Intifada escalate in 2016?

          2015 was far from being the year when Palestinians saw their aspirations for freedom, independence, securing the right of return of refugees, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem coming closer to realization. Instead, those who fought on the front lines against the occupation found themselves in uneven battles against Israeli soldiers and/or armed settlers backed by the IOF.


          Palestinian organizations call for escalation of ‘intifada’

          According to Israeli National News “Representatives of the major Palestinian Arab organizations met yesterday to discuss how to escalate the “Al-Quds Intifada”.


          Israel destroyed 478 Palestinian facilities in 2015

          A research centre affiliated to the PLO has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities destroyed 478 Palestinian buildings and other facilities during 2015. The demolitions occurred across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Quds Press reported.


          Reykjavík City will boycott Israeli products

          The City of Reykjavík will no longer purchase goods made in Israel. The City Council voted yesterday that the city would not purchase any goods manufactured in Israel as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues.


          Lehava Leader Again Calls for Torching Jerusalem Churches

          Lehava’s leader, Bentzi Gopstein, told the Israeli TV Channel II that Israeli Jews practically prevent Christians from entering Jerusalem, saying that Christian presence in Jerusalem was not welcome. He also called for ‘making obstacles towards the expansion of Christianity and Islam in the Palestinian occupied city of Jerusalem.’ Gopstein has previously ‘called for a ban on Christmas celebrations in the country and the banishment of Christians, who he referred to as ‘blood-sucking vampires’, from the land.’


          Gaza enters 10th year of Israeli-led blockade

          The start of 2016 sees the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip entering the 10th year of the Israeli-led and internationally-backed blockade of the territory, which is exacerbated by Egyptian support. The blockade started in the wake of the 2006 Palestinian elections, which the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, won with an overwhelming majority. Local and international monitoring organizations described the Palestinian poll as one of the most transparent ever recorded. In Palestine, though, it is remembered with sadness as the election marked the internal political split and the start of the siege of Gaza.


          Israel imposes new rules for taking goods into Gaza

          Israel has imposed new rules on trucks taking goods into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, the only commercial border post with the territory, Palsawa has reported. The new rules were applied.


          Palestinians to outnumber Jews in Israel and Palestine in 2 Years

          New estimates show that high Palestinian birth rates are set to equal the number of Jews in Israel and Palestine by late 2017, Haaretz daily reported. According to a recent report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, currently, the number of Palestinian residents of Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is about 6.22 million.


          The Year in Photos: Palestine and Israel 2015

          A fantastic photo gallery brought to you by Activestills of some of the most significant events in Palestine and Israel in 2015. (more…)

          Cottage Beck Cafe Church

          Scunthorpe, UK

          Website here.

          US Church Groups present evidence of probable gross violations of human rights by Israeli Forces-Call for Accountability

          Concerned about specific, well-documented instances of probable gross violations of human rights by Israeli military and security forces, eleven churches and faith-based organizations discussed several case summaries at a meeting yesterday with the U.S. Department of State. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance.


          Keep Hope Alive – Olive Tree campaign

          The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine invites interested volunteers to participate at the Olive Planting Program, 6th – 15th of February 2016 in Palestine, as part of its ongoing Olive Tree Campaign.


          The program, organized jointly with the Alternative Tourism Group, aims at helping farmers and their families plant / replant olive trees at their pre-attacked or threatened fields, in order to ‘Keep Hope Alive’.


          Besides olive planting, the program features introductory presentations about the current situation in Palestine and the effects of the Apartheid Wall and colonies (settlements), tours in the old city of Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, as well as Ramallah, in addition to cultural events and social gatherings.
          For more see

          More than 400 Israeli roadblocks divide the West Bank and Jerusalem

          A Palestinian centre specializing in Israeli affairs has stated that more than 400 military roadblocks have been installed by Israel in Jerusalem and the West Bank in the last few years. In its report, the Al-Quds Centre for Palestinian and Israeli Studies said that Israel continues with its attempts to stop the ongoing Palestinian uprising that erupted in Jerusalem on 1 October, resulting in the death of 118 Palestinians and 22 Israelis.


          Youtube Becomes Israel’s new battleground against Palestinians

          Once it fell to politicians and diplomats to solve international conflicts. Now, according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responsibility lies with social media.


          Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, headed off to Silicon Valley to meet senior executives at Google and its subsidiary YouTube late last month. Her task was to persuade them that, for the sake of peace, they must censor the growing number of Palestinian videos posted on YouTube.


          Born to be Free: The Indivisibility of Freedom

          Available now: new book by Brian J Brown

          ‘A Methodist Minister’s quest for Justice and Freedom on two Continents’ (more…)

          Sabeel Christmas message 2015

          President of Sabeel’s board Naim Ateek reflects on the year and what our calling is as Christians working for peace in the Middle East (more…)

          Sabeel-Kairos Statement on the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

          We call upon the world and Sabeel-Kairos groups overseas to join the Palestinian struggle for justice and peace in solidarity with their prayers and vigils on Sunday, 29th November 2015 (more…)

          Visit Palestine

          Visit Palestine offers a wide range of proposed itineraries. Depending on your interest, available time and budget, there are lots of tours to choose from. From day trips that can be organized specifically for your party, to regularly scheduled day tours to longer tours ranging from 3-7 nights.

          Travel Palestine

          The official Website for tourism in Palestine.


          Visitors to Palestine will encounter on their journey myriad religious, historical, and archaeological sites. Beyond the historical, Palestine offers walks and hikes in its extensive valleys, along coasts, as well as desert hills, towns, and ancient marketplaces at the hearts of cities and villages nestled in the heart of breath-taking landscapes.


          Olive Co-operative

          Olive Co-operative:  Tours, travel advice, Arabic courses, and listing a wide range of agencies offering tours.

          Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)

          A joint program of East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, JAI works for Peace with Justice in Palestine, based on Humanitarian and Christian Values, by mobilizing the world movements of YMCA and YWCA, churches, church-based organizations, UN agencies, and other relevant organizations to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law.


          Green Olive Tours

          Green Olive Tours is a social enterprise tour agency providing tours that are informative and analytical, covering the history, culture, and political geography of Palestine (West Bank) and Israel. The tours provide benefit to the indigenous population through the hiring and training of tour guides, overnight stays with families & small guest houses, and encouraging visitors to purchase local crafts directly from producers and Fair Trade outlets.


          Palestinian initiative for responsible tourism

          The Palestinian Initiative for Responsible Tourism (PIRT) is a network of organisations, associations and public bodies committed to advocate and work for responsible tourism in the Holy Land.


          Click here for a list of resources and groups.



          Our aim of Zaytoun is to create and develop a UK market for artisanal Palestinian produce.


          Zaytoun organises olive harvest tours and olive picking trips in October/November.

          Israeli Committee Against House Demolition ( ICAHD)

          As Israelis, ICAHD believes that the only chance for a genuine peace is one that enables the Palestinians to experience sovereignty and full civil rights.

          ICAHD offers a range of half-day, day, and longer tours, also involvement in rebuilding Palestinian homes that have been demolished.

          Here is the information regarding half-day tours:

          Here is the information regarding extended study tours and the next rebuilding camp:


          St George Tours

          St George ToursThis new tour company, based in Beit Sahour, offers a wide range of both traditional and alternative trips in Palestine, including pilgrimages, bike tours, hiking tours and Learn Arabic visits. They encourage staying with local families, supporting local communities, and tailor trips to suit your needs. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

          Experience Travel Tours

          Experience Travel Tours  (ETT)   Join us and visit Palestine/Israel for a truly unforgettable and life-changing experience! Since 1999 ETT has continued to offer distinctive issue-based tours that enable participants from across the world to meet with outstanding organisations, sit with inspirational Palestinians and Israelis, and witness life in different geographical areas on both sides of the divide. (more…)

          Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

          The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a programme coordinated by the World Council of Churches founded in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem that brings internationals to the West Bank. Since 2002, over 1,500 volunteers have come for 3 months to be Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs).