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A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

Arriving in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza. It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attack ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Whose Truth Do You Trust in the Gaza Conflict?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In addition to the obvious and outrageous tragedy of those killed by the Israeli bombing of Gaza (<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUKL7411349">640</a> killed so f ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

Jews, Muslims Need a New Playbook in Responding to the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.cair.com/">Council of Islamic Relations </a>calls the Israeli attack on Gaza a "disproportionate and counterproductive ... The ...

Israeli Intelligence Official's Daughter Jailed for Refusing Military Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081212-omer-goldman.jpg"></a>My name is Omer Goldman. I am 19 years old. I am one of the <a href="http://www.sojo.n ...

An Israeli Conscript's Mother Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's hard to believe that people all around the world are learning about my 19-year-old son Yuval. I know that I'm proud of him. I just never expected the world to be proud of him. As I writ ...

Support Israeli Conscientious Objectors -- Free the Shministim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been thinking a lot about courage. See that fresh-faced, bold young woman on the right? Her name is Raz Bar-David Varon. She's an 18-year-old Israeli who just graduated from 12th grade. ...

Discovering Palestine
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson Forming relations with people of faith in the Holy Land could help transform the U.S. role in the region. ...

Is America the Promised Land or Egypt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Social location is vital to understanding how people come to their interpretations, and appropriations, of the Bible and its stories. Social location is vital to understanding how ...

Obama's Victory and Middle East Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.</p> ...

Holy Boldness by Biblical Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2347">Last week I celebrated the political prominence women enjoy today</a> as a direct extension of the gains earned for women by early ...

Turning Weapons into Things of Beauty in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

On March 19, Israeli forces rounded up Assad Salach and his sons, Fahmi and Salach, and Assad's brother Sa'id and his son Ghassan -- along with more than 300 men age 16 and above -- along its north ...

The Gaza Cease-Fire and Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>I arrived in the West Bank the afternoon of Saturday, June 7, and hit the ground running. The next morning we starting filming for <a href="http://thispalestinianlife.blogspot.com">a f ...

Carter and Hamas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

When approaching a conflict, any world statesperson would consider trying to break up the logjam. When approaching a conflict, any world statesperson would consider trying to brea ...

Methodists Consider Divestment
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Alexis Vaughan United Methodists in the U.S. ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Resucitó. Resucitó. Hum ...

Road Map to Peace - or Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Charles A. Kimball Three evangelicals on the challenges of Israel-Palestine. Former President Jimmy Carter� ...

Black Church Leaders in Holy Land
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez A delegation of U.S. A de ...

Hope Amid the Ruins
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Out of the carnage, can real peace ever be achieved? The outbreak of renewed violence this summer in ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger • Olive Branch. In April, 120 former Israel Defense Force soldiers and Palestinian militants publicly launched “Combatan ...

Open Wide Thy Gates
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson The “Open Bethlehem” international campaign was launched in November to bring international attention to the Palestinian c ...

A Kindling of Hope
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phil Haslanger Bridging gaps in the Middle East. Every so often in the tense and troubled lands of Israel and ...

Airing the Future
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Airing the Future Airing the Future Television history was made i ...

Trouble Spots
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Gilead Ini Trouble Spots Trouble Spots [In “Should Churches Divest?” August 2005], ...

Don Wagner Reponds
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Don Wagner Don Wagner responds: Don Wagner responds: Palestinians with West Bank ( ...

A Boxed Set
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Object lessons from Palestinian-American artist Rajie Cook. As one views Raj ...

Tanks vs. Olive Branches
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger An interview with Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi on feminism, faith, and the future of the Palestinian cause. ...

Web exclusive: Full text of Hanan Ashrawi interview
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger An interview with Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi on feminism, faith, and the future of the Palestinian cause. ...

Eye On Zion
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Brian Bolton The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem hosted more than 500 ...

Dividing the Conquered
Originally Posted: 05/20/2011 - 10:33am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Israel's wall of separation. While peace negotiations between Palestinians and the ...

Not in My Name
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Josh Healey Is it anti-Semitic to criticize Israel? The small but growing movement of university students an ...

A Tale of One City
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Neve Gordon Attacks in both East and West Jerusalem damage and demoralize—but they're not the same. The ...

Who Occupies the Occupied Territories?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler The Glasgow University Media Group decided to resear ...

Death Shall Have No Dominion
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler Nurit Elhanan and her husband, Rami, both 52, are ca ...

Israel's Defense Forces: "No More"
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler More than 320 members of the Israeli Defense Forces ...

Courage Among Friends
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis My wife, Joy, my son, Luke, and I had dinner recently with our friend Michael Lerner and his wife, Debora, in their Berkeley, C ...

Against Impossible Odds
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis You wouldn't know it from media reports, but there's a hopeful movement being born in the Middle East—interfaith, roo ...

Getting in the Way of Aggression
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Susannah Hunter On the front lines with Christian Peacemaker Teams On June 15, three members of the Christian ...

Israel Holds the Cards
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Rabbis for Human Rights "During this current crisis," Rabbi Arik Ascherman said, "t ...