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We join Palestinian Christians in their call for justice.
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Greetings,
 
Today, June 12th, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) issued a profound “open letter” to the World Council of Churches and fellow Christians around the world regarding the present conditions in Palestine and our common pursuit of justice for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and among Palestinian refugees in the diaspora.  You can read the letter here.  
 
By virtue of policy actions taken for over a decade, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is known throughout our nation and the world as a Christian leader in advocating for Palestinian human rights and justice.  But none of these actions would have been possible without the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in 2005, the Amman Call in 2007, or the Kairos Palestine Document call for justice in 2009.
 
Friends, the open letter from the NCCOP, National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine, is the first document from the collective Christian community in Palestine since 2009, not just calling for but demanding justice. It does not simply “ask” Christians throughout the world to respond, it calls upon us to step up and acknowledge that all the work we have done, although significant and driven by heartfelt response, has not moved the ball very far towards achieving justice in Palestine.  Palestinians are suffering more than they ever have before and are losing hope. The Israeli government and the entire Zionist mechanism it supports and advances has a “second wind,” and in the face of complete moral contradiction, is establishing an even more extreme agenda.
 
In their own words in the letter, “Things are beyond urgent.  We are on the verge of catastrophic collapse…”.   This urgent call is more than important—embracing it is absolutely essential for all people who believe in and call for complete and undeniable justice in Palestine.  As moderator of the network, I am calling upon all members and friends of IPMN to read the letter very carefully.  Through the Steering Committee, the network endorses this letter and calls upon our General Assembly co-Moderators and the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) to fully support this plea for justice.  IPMN is already making plans to call upon the 223rd General Assembly in 2018 to endorse this open letter and pledge the Presbyterian Church (USA) to all 9 action items.
 
Please give prayerful consideration to how you can renew your commitment to this important work of justice.   We have accomplished much, but in the words of our Palestinian partners, we are far from accomplishment; in fact, we still have a long way to go.   Our success cannot be measured by how many overtures we have passed at General Assemblies but by actualized justice for Palestinians wronged for generations.
 
The status quo is not sustainable. Let us do what we must for history and light the fire again for justice; our Palestinian brothers and sisters are desperate and they are telling us that right now.
 
Peace and Grace,
 
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe, Moderator
Israel Palestine Mission Network
Of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

For over a decade Presbyterians have been responding to the Palestinian cry for justice through IPMN. Here is a review of our own history of advocacy as a mission network in the PC(USA) regarding seeking justice for Palestine.
 
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