Tent of Nations Attacked: What You Can Do

Dear Friends:

Every Telos trip to Israel/Palestine has spent time at Tent of Nations, the remarkable sustainable farm in western Bethlehem that organizes under the banner “We Refuse to Be Enemies.” As you may have heard, Daoud and Daher Nassar were brutally attacked last week and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Details are still emerging about the nature of the attack and the motivation behind it.

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Beyond the ceasefire: Our next steps

Fellow Peacemakers:

We’re relieved that the Israel–Hamas ceasefire seems to be holding.

But now’s the time for us to tune in, not turn away.

As we move beyond the ceasefire, we invite you to consider these 3 Lessons, and to take these 3 Actions.

We cannot bring back the lives lost or erase the deep traumas suffered.

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The Legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Telos team member Sarah Sturm

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left us many inspirational ideas about nonviolence and a vision for a more just and peaceful world. Each January as we celebrate his legacy, his uplifting quotations circulate and we are reminded of his hope for a better future.

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Persevering in the Practice of Peacemaking

By Telos alumna Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner.

Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (ESV)

Advent marks the beginning of the new church year, a helpful time to take stock of where we have done well and to reflect on areas where we hope to grow and change. 

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What we’re reading: To Love is to Act

From Telos Executive Director and Co-founder, Todd Deatherage:

Marva Barnett, professor of literature at the University of Virginia, has spent much of her life studying, teaching and loving the work of Victor Hugo. Her recent book, To Love Is To Act, is a beautiful and timely collection of essays on how the themes of Hugo’s celebrated work Les Miserables represent the author’s deepest values,

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A Rosh HaShana Message

From Telos Program Coordinator in Jerusalem, Carly Rosenthal.

This Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year) I’ll be saying shana tova u’metukah (‘have a sweet and happy new year’) with an even more pertinent message as the world deals with the global health crisis. In Israel we’re going into another nationwide lockdown for at least 3 weeks starting on the eve of Rosh Hashana this Friday,

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Battles on Balfour Street

Telos team members Marina and Carly, based in our Jaffa office, reflect on and share their experiences at the recent and ongoing protests across Israel demanding Netanyahu’s resignation from office.

 

“Democracy for all.” Our throats are dry from the shouting, but the continuous loop of chants and drums won’t fall silent.

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Drinking Tea in Area C

Telos 2020 Summer Fellow Sarah Sturm shares a reflection on her time working with peace activists in Israel/Palestine in light of the recent proposal to formally annex large parts of the West Bank. She says, “This is not a moment to step back from the peacebuilding work we are engaged in,

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Annexation FAQ

Download a PDF version of the ‘Annexation FAQ’ here.

Overview

The Israeli government announced its intentions to formally annex parts of the West Bank in July 2020—with the explicit support of the current U.S. Administration. If carried out, this unilateral move will further endanger the lives and livelihoods of Palestinians, while foreclosing options for a secure and viable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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