samiCall to positive action

A statement by the Holy Land Trust’s Director, Sami Awad, at this crucial time.


Hear Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference of Great Britain on the recent Christian/Jewish leaders’ visit organised by FODIP

nativityPalestinian, political messiah

Rabbi Natan Levy, Interfaith and Social Action consultant for the Board of Deputies writes in the Jewish Chronicle January 31st 2014.


Creating truly shared cities in Israel


“Earlier this year, I went on a UK Task Force trip to learn about the mixed cities of Jaffa, Lod and Haifa….” Article by Jenny Nemko, Common Grounds News.


We were strangers in Egypt

Ron Kronish, Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel (ICCI) writes about the challenges for faith communities in Israel this Passover.

uzmaMy Spiritual Journey
Uzma Mahmood describes her participation in a FODIP Study tour as ‘the beginning of my spiritual awakening. I found myself in situations where I was forced to rethink where my life was heading. While on the trip, someone told me, “we need to take certain issues seriously; politics and religion are two of them”. ‘ In the week of Eid ul Adha, Uzma writes of how she was subsequently inspired to go further and deeper.

rabbisacksHoly People in the Holy Land
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks outlines his own rule of engagement in dialogue on Israel, and explains the significance for him of the relationship between Israel and Judaism.

st1Speaking Up For Ali:
Considering Identity in the face of Palestinian statehood

FODIP’s Director Jane Clements reflects on identity, British Muslim communities and the issue of Palestinian statehood in the context of Caryl Phillips’ ‘Colour Me English’.

nativityAre recent church documents on Israel and Palestine further examples of how we fail to communicate with each other?
Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, critiques the language of several recent statements in this paper delivered recently at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge.

arab_manArab Spring
Khaled Diab argues that the Fatah/Hamas agreement presents opportunities for all, including Israel

Ghanem Nuseibeh and Naava Mashiah call for a united and concerted effort to bring peace from chaos.

Vatican Meeting calls on Israel to end West bank occupation
(From Ecumenical News international)

cgnlogo1A new youth-led dawn in the Middle East?
by Farah I. Abdel Sater
When Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse wrote their 1965 song “Feeling Good”, odds were pretty close to zero that the couple could imagine that this is what young Arab citizens 46 years later would be feeling – and in many places singing, thinking or shouting – in reaction to Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution”.

With over a million Egyptians crowding Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square today demanding that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resign, it is hard not to wonder if in fact this new dawn is breaking…….

A little injustice:
We won’t solve the Hebron problems by denying Jewish roots …
by Jane Clements

No Going Back
Precis of the article in Letters to Pope Benedict XV1
by Jane Clements

Choosing words carefully
There is one important fundamental about truth:
Genuine truth gives one the power to tolerate even the most heinous criticism.
by Ray Hanania

Notes of Rob Malley talk

tough_options1The sorrow and hope of Abraham:
Public hope and memory in the Holy Land

The flare-up over the Israeli government’s decision to put Rachel’s Tomb along with….
Daniel Noah Moses

Why religion is part of the solution to the Arab Israeli conflict.
It is frequently asserted that bringing religion into the Arab-Israeli conflict..

The upside of Acre:
Mike Prashker / Common Ground

Jerusalem Divided:
A Time magazine article referenced by the Interreligious Coordinating Council of Israel / 21st Nov. 2007

A Place and a Name:
Fr Luis Rodriguez reflects on a visit to Yad Vashem / May 2007

After School: A chance to study face to face
As students in Israel and Palestine – as elsewhere begin a new academic year…
By Joshua M. Z. Stanton

Can Muslim & Jewish narratives co-exist?
In his book, Longitudes and Attitudes (2002) Journalist Thomas Friedman…
by Deborah Weissmann