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How can we be Pro/Pro/Pro Right Now?

By Todd Deatherage

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I spent a day last week in Arizona with one of our Telos church partners. This is a beautiful community of people honestly seeking to find ways to live as peacemakers at home and support it abroad. They’re organizing a conference in February in which they’ll tell the stories of Israeli and Palestinian friends they’ve met,

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Transfer at Qalandiya

By Sarah Stern

I’m running to catch the bus. I’m trying not to run too fast, so as not to alarm anyone. The bus is sitting in traffic, so I probably won’t miss it anyway, but in this moment, I’m on edge. The news is especially bad today.

My colleague just did his final U-turn in our back-route tour of Palestine,

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Rubber Bullets

By Sarah Stern

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I learned about these in the eleventh grade – Israeli rubber-coated bullets. Today, I picked one up – I had never actually seen one before. The biggest seemed much bigger than I expected, less like a bullet and more like a bath plug stamped “Israeli police.”

“One pierced just next to my right eye and shattered the bones of my socket,” our host at Aida Palestinian refugee camp tells us,

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Telos at Seven

By Todd Deatherage

Seven years ago — after months of dreaming, seeking wise counsel, and planning — my friend and colleague Greg Khalil filed the necessary paperwork to create a new Washington-based nonprofit. As if there weren’t enough of those already. But this one would have its own unique mission, and a bold one at that: to bring together a new pro-Israeli,

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No Normal Circumstances

By Sarah Stern 

As I coast up Galilee hills on my away to Tzfat, an Israeli city known to my community as a refuge of Jewish mysticism, I receive a news update on my iPhone that suspends the magic. It’s almost Shabbat, and Haaretz news is reporting a significant shooting at a pub located in the heart of Tel Aviv,

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A Bittersweet Jerusalem

by Sarah Stern 

I am biting into a Hanukah sufganiyah, a seasonal jelly doughnut, in the middle of the outdoor market of West Jerusalem, coming home from the Telos office. I am holding the bright red pole of a squeegee mop that I just purchased. It’s an innocent picture, but during these tense days in West Jerusalem,

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The Refugee Challenge

by Todd Deatherage

It is often said that we are a nation of immigrants, and since our founding and throughout our brief history, America has also been a refuge for people fleeing war, violence, repression, and persecution.

We all know the story of religious dissidents who were among the earliest immigrants to our shores.

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