c/o Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
122 West Franklin Avenue - Suite 400
Phone :(612) 870-0058 Email : Info@palestine-israeljusticeproject.org / email@example.com URL: Website
Minnesota-based anti-Israeli organization
Accuses Israel of committing human rights violations against Palestinians
The Palestine-Israel Justice Project (PIJP) is part of the Missions Ministry Team of the Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Accusing Israel of committing gross "violations of human rights," PIJP focuses "primarily on supporting Palestinians in various ways."
In October 2003, PIJP Chairman Ric Koehn spoke out against Israel's demolition of a Palestinian house wherein terrorist activities were being organized. The house had been dedicated, by its occupants, to the memory of the late Rachel Corrie of the International Solidarity Movement, a group that invites Westerners to obstruct the anti-terrorist activities of the Israeli Defense Force.
During the 1990s, PIJP's Reverend John Darlington, a Methodist minister, was the pastor to Sara Jane Olson, the onetime member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) terrorist group. When Olson in 1999 was finally arrested for her SLA involvement, after having lived many years as a fugitive, Darlington publicly defended her. He said that Olson had been a great benefactor to her community, "feeding the hungry, helping to house the homeless, reading to the blind, helping people learn English as their second language. … She loved children, and she wanted to make a difference in their lives." "Sara is involved in every peace and justice issue that comes along," added Darlington. “She served meals at a peace camp, played host to a Somali refugee family and performed instructive dramatizations of biblical scenes at church. Her impression upon me and the church is indelibly positive because of her caring and courageous nature.”
In addition to its anti-Israel positions, PIJP also opposes the U.S. military action in Iraq.
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