Author Archives: Mark Braverman

About Mark Braverman

Mark Braverman serves on the Advisory Board of Friends of Sabeel North America and is National Program Director for Kairos USA. He is the author of A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel and Palestine, Jericho Books, 2013.

Gaza 2014 has clarified the international struggle

Genocidal slaughter in Gaza has clarified the international struggle for Palestinian freedom: the two-state solution has done nothing to advance Palestinian rights, and there is only one way forward for those who support those rights: boycott, divestment and sanctions. Writes Mark Braverman.

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Shaking up Zionism: A review of ‘Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide’

A reivew of Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide, published by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

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US engagement fostered rogue Israeli policies, but Tom Friedman can’t say so

Memo to Tom Friedman: The problem is not that we are not engaged with Israel, the problem is that we are VERY engaged, and it is the nature of that engagement that must change

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Interfaith bullying, and a feckless letter from the Episcopal bishop

15 church leaders called for possible suspension of US aid to Israel. The Episcopal bishop begs to differ. Martin Luther King Jr would have scorned her stance

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Hostages to Zionism

The popular uprising in Egypt that unseated President Hosni Mubarak, together with Al Jazeera’s January 23rd release of the “Palestine Papers,” have produced if not an earthquake, then certainly seismic rumblings in the ground supporting Israel’s control of the West … Continue reading

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Saying ‘peace, peace’ when there is no peace

On October 6 The Washington Post ran a story entitled “A key back channel for U.S., Israeli ties.” The story informs us that “Dennis Ross, a longtime Middle East expert, has emerged as a crucial, behind-the-scenes conduit between the White … Continue reading

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Presbyterian engagement on Israel/Palestine creates ‘new rules’ for relationship with the Jewish community

Last week we posted the first part of Mark Braverman’s report on how the Presbyterian Church dealt with the ongoing controversy over its position on Israel/Palestine at its General Assembly. Here is the second part. There were two groups of … Continue reading

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Presbyterians insist on ‘breaking down the walls’ in Israel/Palestine despite pressure from the Jewish community

I’ve just returned from Minneapolis, having attended the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA at the invitation of the denomination’s Israel Palestine Mission Network. The PC(USA) is at the epicenter of the struggle of the Christian community in … Continue reading

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Rededicating the Temple: A Hanukah Homily

The Jewish festival of Hanukah is celebrated this year on December 11-19th. The Hebrew word refers to the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after driving out the Seleucid Greek occupiers in 165 BCE. It’s one of the most joyful … Continue reading

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