Palestine Israel Network 
2 April 2015
Maundy Thursday

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  


A Lenten Appeal for Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza: (Deadline Easter Sunday for contributions.  Contributions after Easter for ongoing support of Al Ahli Hospital can be made through the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.)  During the season of Lent EPF/PIN is seeking funds for Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza, an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. EPF has set up a designated fund in order to make all donations tax deductible. Donations to Al Ahli Hospital can be made online or checks, made payable to EPF and designated for the "Al Ahli Hospital Fund", may be sent to EPF, PO Box 15, Claysburg PA 16625. One hundred per cent of the donation will go to the hospital. A group from PIN will deliver donations received through Easter Sunday to the hospital when they visit Gaza in April.  In a place where hardship is commonplace, Al Ahli Arab Hospital generates a beacon of peace and hope for the people it serves. 

Members of the Palestine Israel Network's education work group will be on pilgrimage in Palestine/Israel from 18 April - 1 May.  Look for updates in the Community section of our website and links on our Facebook page as well as in PINontheGo.

Ha'Aretz captured the Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Resurrection/Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Following are selections of happenings on the ground during this Holy Week and some reflections on resistance.

Palm Sunday in Beit Jala included an incursion by Israeli military forces.  There were house demolitions in East Jerusalem.  Joint List Knesset members and others led a march supporting the Bedouin community in the Negev/Naqab which ended at the President of Israel's residence.  30 March marked commemorations of Land Day.  Here's a report from Wadi Foukin.

Check out this reflection on resistance and steadfastness: "Khobaizeh represents resilience and return. It comes back every year, no matter how many times it is cut. We can trust khobaizeh to be there, right under the fig tree, right beside the lettuce head, right by the side of the road. It sprouts everywhere, no matter how harsh the conditions. It sends roots into the ground and refuses to leave. Khobaizeh is symbolic of all that is Palestinian, the determination to live despite all, to exist, to stay, and to never leave. Khobaizeh is Mother Nature's way of saying to us, "Trust me, I will provide for you."  Finally feast upon the beauty of Spring in Palestine.

Looking towards General Convention:  The Episcopal Peace Fellowship's reception is scheduled for Wednesday 24 June at 5:00PM at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Salt Lake City.  Purchase tickets (take advantage of the early bird special) here.  EPF will announce the Sayre Award honoree at this gathering. This peacemaker's award was established by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) in 1979 to honor the Rev. John Nevin Sayre for his lifetime of service in the cause of peace. It is conferred every three years for "courageous witness in the cause of peace and justice" to a recipient chosen by the EPF Executive Committee. 


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Ann CoburnLinda Gaither, Brian Grieves, Donna Hicks,  Allison Liles,Mary MorrisCabell Tennis  



PIN Convener:

Donna Hicks 



Work group conveners:

Education: Ann Coburn

Advocacy & GC2015 planning: Newland Smith

Local organizing:

Mary Morris