Middle East

Media Release: Church delegation urges Canadian response to Palestinian humanitarian crisis

March 5, 2020

The KAIROS Church Leaders’ Delegation brings its findings on Palestine and Israel to Canadian MPs, March 9 and 10 (Ottawa, ON) – A group of church leaders urge the Canadian government to immediately address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Palestine…

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Report from the KAIROS delegation to Palestine and Israel last November

February 27, 2020

“Equality is the precondition to justice and peace will be the fruit.” The final report from the KAIROS delegation to Palestine and Israel last November is now available.  Delegates will be taking this report with them to Ottawa from March…

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Letter to the Editor: Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East should be rejected, says NGO

February 12, 2020

Re: “Trudeau should leave the fake diplomacy to Donald Trump,” (The Hill Times, Feb. 3, p. 4). KAIROS Canada urges the prime minister to publicly reject the U.S. president’s “Peace to Prosperity Plan” for Israel and Palestine, which contravenes international…

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KAIROS, member churches and partners call on Canada to publicly reject the U.S. administration’s “Peace to Prosperity Plan”

February 6, 2020

KAIROS joins member churches and ecumenical partners around the world in denouncing President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” or “Peace to Prosperity Plan” as a flagrant violation of international law that will entrench occupation and lead to greater suffering of…

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Lost Harvest, Seeds of Hope

December 20, 2019

By Lana Robinson Today included a visit to the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, a kibbutz, to meet with an Israeli peace activist, and a meeting with The Coalition of Women for Peace. Today marks the International Day for the…

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A terrible beauty

December 20, 2019

By Paul Hansen After a week of profound experiences of occupation of a people, check points, human degradation, a formal liturgical moment was needed. I had come to name my experience of the first week in Palestine: A Terrible Beauty….

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Learning from historical trauma at Yad Vashem

December 19, 2019

By Lori Ransom For most of the past 15 years, my work has focused on healing and reconciliation from the historical trauma suffered by Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. This has led to a deep interest in how communities…

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No way to treat a child

December 18, 2019

By Helen Smith Yesterday when we visited Yad Vashem, the most difficult part for me was the sights and sounds of the children – in the ghettos and camps. Today began with a trip to Mehwar, a women’s shelter. The…

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One Day: Three stories of resilience and self-determination

December 17, 2019

By Susan Johnson Story #1 from Qalqilya Our day started on the bus, again, but we travelled with Ramzi Zananari from International Christian Community, a founder of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR). As we drove, Ramzi described…

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You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others…

December 13, 2019

(Matt. 5:14,16) By Andreas Thiel What sort of courageous people did we encounter today? Not an inappropriate question to pose, considering that each day in the West Bank brings us face to face with individuals and groups that yield fresh…

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A conspiracy with the God of Hope

December 13, 2019

By Jennifer Henry I have rarely seen anything as beautiful as the group of women and children who gathered to meet the KAIROS delegation in Thabra in the West Bank. About thirty women and young children, all so incredibly welcoming…

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Not your Grandmother’s pilgrimage

December 12, 2019

By Rosalyn Elm Packed into a tight airplane seat, excitement was building as we woke from our slumber, touching down in Tel Aviv. It was uneventful as we breezed through security and customs, and were greeted by our driver, Nassar….

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“Come and see…and act” KAIROS solidarity delegation visits Palestine and Israel

December 11, 2019

The KAIROS Church Leaders Delegation to Palestine and Israel took place between Nov 17-28, 2019, bringing together 8 delegates – Indigenous persons, settlers, and newcomers – representing 7 members of KAIROS and the Executive Director of KAIROS (link to bios)….

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KAIROS Joins Amnesty International Canada urging the federal government not to appeal ruling on goods from illegal Israeli settlements

August 27, 2019

KAIROS supports Amnesty International Canada’s request that the Canadian government not appeal the recent, important Federal Court decision – in Kattenburg v. Canada (Attorney General) – that goods imported into Canada from the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East…

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Spirited Reflection: Youth and children: raising hope and making change

September 12, 2018

World Council of Churches Week of Prayer for Peace in Israel Palestine Timing is everything, so they say, and the truth of this applied in the coincidence of reading a review of a book about the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian…

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Resilience and collective responsibility in peace building in Palestine

August 20, 2018

In July, my colleague Rachel Warden and I travelled to the West Bank to visit with Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center, one of five KAIROS partner organizations in the Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program. I was…

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Ecumenical Call to stop the demolition of Khan al Ahmar

August 16, 2018

“By silence and inaction, governments have become complicit in this violation of international law…” KAIROS joins fifteen international faith-based, civil society, and human rights organizations from around the world in collectively calling on our governments to take action to stop…

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The city of Jerusalem must be shared and open

December 8, 2017

In the wake of US declarations on status of Jerusalem, KAIROS shares its long standing position on Jerusalem as an open city.  Our policy says: The city of Jerusalem must be shared and open. The question of Jerusalem has two…

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Wi’am – Occupying space with courage, resilience and humanity

May 4, 2017

It was my first time in Israel and Palestine. From April 1-10, I joined a Canadian delegation, which included representatives from the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada, to visit partners in the region and finally…

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Gaza calls: Canada answers on November 26, 2016

November 7, 2016

Gaza Calls: Canada Answers is a live video-conference that will be available in up to 20 locations across Canada on November 26. This initiative is sponsored by some KAIROS member churches, and regional KAIROS committees have helped organize some of…

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KAIROS network shows solidarity for partners in the Middle East

September 11, 2014

“In this moment, we must all don the robe of humanity. It is a time to stand together as Canadians, Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Israelis and Christians as one soul. We must show that none is ignored or considered unworthy…

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KAIROS Members Call for Peace in Gaza

August 1, 2014

KAIROS member churches and organizations continue to speak out for peace in Gaza, urging the Canadian government to become more engaged in building a just peace.

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Support those affected by ongoing violence in Gaza

July 28, 2014

A number of KAIROS’ member churches are accepting donations to provide direct support to those affected by ongoing violence in Gaza.

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Current Violence and Military Action in Israel and Palestine

July 15, 2014

Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, has issued a statement in response to the ongoing violence and military action in Palestine and Israel.

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Serving refugees in the Middle East region: DSPR

July 23, 2013

KAIROS partner, Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), is a body of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) that serves Palestinian and other refugees across the Middle East region. In operation since 1949, DSPR provides diverse services to…

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KAIROS, the WCC and the MECC express concern for bishops kidnapped in Syria

May 29, 2013

In April, Syrian Archbishops (Metropolitans) His Eminence Boulos (Yazigi), from the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and His Eminence Mor Youhanna Gregorios (Ibrahim) from the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, were abducted in Aleppo. By all accounts they remain in…

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Middle East Churches and their partners issue statement on Christian presence and witness in the Middle East

May 21, 2013

From May 21 to 25, KAIROS staff took part in the Middle East Council of Churches and World Council of Churches conference, “Christian presence and witness in the Middle East” in Beirut, Lebanon. In a joint statement, the conference called…

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Take action: Ask the government to clearly identify Israeli settlement products sold in Canada

May 6, 2013

(Support for a United Church of Canada action) The United Church of Canada is inviting the ecumenical and justice community to write to the Foreign Affairs and Trade ministers, asking for proper identification of Israeli settlement products in Canadian stores…

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