Palestine and Israel
In addition to the posts on this page, please see our Palestine and Israel page here for statements from Church Leaders and others, calls to prayer and action and eyewitness testimony from our friends and partners in Israel and Palestine.
‘The Elimination of Nuclear Weapons – Where next ?‘ an online reflection, Monday 11th December 2023
Last week at its headquarters in New York, the UN hosted the second meeting of the states parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. A total of 94 countries participated and at the end of five days of debate, adopted a declaration and programme of action to take the treaty forward towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.
To reflect on the meeting and how the outcomes might impact our campaigning and work as Pax Christi, we are holding an online webinar on zoom next Monday 11th December from 7.00pm – 8.15pm UK time.
We’ll be joined by Matthew Maslan who attended the meeting as a Youth MSP Delegate with Youth for TPNW and others and we would love you to come and join the discussion.
To attend please register here: tinyurl.com/2vkar3hc
‘For a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine’ – PCI Webinar – 10th Dec
Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCCF), the recipients of the Pax Christi International Peace Award 2023, will be honoured in a webinar hosted by Pax Christi International at 1.00pm UK time on Sunday 10th December.
PCCF is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organisation of over 600 families, all of whom have lost an immediate family member to the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land and you can read more about their work on their website here www.theparentscircle.org/en/about_eng-2/
The webinar will be delivered in English, and a recording with subtitles in several languages will be made available. You can find a provisional programme for the event here
To register for a place, please complete this form Webinar Registration Form
Peace Sunday 2024 – Resources now available
We might have our sights set on Christmas but did you know that Peace Sunday 2024 on the 14th January is now just 6 weeks away ? Pope Francis has chosen ‘Artificial Intelligence and Peace’ as his theme and we have produced a number of resources to help churches and groups mark the day.
You can download the resources from our Peace Sunday page here and the prayer card we have produced to help us pray over the impact of AI is available to order in our shop
Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about Peace Sunday or if you need resources for a mass, service or event in your area.
‘The Horrors of Gaza. What Next ?’ – An evening with Jeff Halper
On Wednesday 13th December, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolition UK, the National Justice and Peace Network and Christians Aware are hosting an online event with Jeff Halper – Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), professor of anthropology, activist, author, and analyst.
Jeff’s books include ‘Obstacles to Peace’, ‘An Israeli in Palestine’, ‘War Against the People’, and ‘Decolonising Israel, Liberating Palestine’. Jeff was a 2006 Nobel Peace Prize nominee along with Palestinian Ghassan Andoni.
A registration link will be available shortly.
Pope Francis asks for prayers for peace wherever wars rage
At the end of his General Audience this morning, Pope Francis turned his attention to the many wars and conflicts across the world and asked us to pray for peace every day wherever there is war. He asked specifically for prayers for Ukraine, peace in the Holy Land and that we never forget Sudan.
People Putting Peace Into Action
Peace – based on justice. A world where human rights are respected, basic needs are met, people feel safe and valued in their communities and we care for our common home
Reconciliation – a process which begins when people try to mend relationships – between individuals or whole countries after times of violence or dispute
Nonviolence – a way of living and making choices that respects others and offers alternatives to violence and war