Four Part Series on Israel-Palestine, May 15-June 11


John Shuck, host of the radio program Religion For Life, is broadcasting a four-part series on Israel/Palestine beginning May 15th.  Guests will include Dr. Rachel Fish of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, Dr. Jonathan Kuttab of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, and Rabbi Brant Rosen of Jewish Voice for Peace.

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This series is in response to the various resolutions that will go before the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that will meet June 14-21, 2014. Many of these resolutions call for the PCUSA to divest funds from certain corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.  The history and meaning of Zionism and the document, “Zionism Unsettled,” produced by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the PC(USA) will be discussed as well as the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement.  This will be a balanced report offering equal time to opposing views.  The broadcast schedule is as follows:

May 15-21 Rachel Fish, Part 1
May 22-28 Jonathan Kuttab
May 29-June 4 Rachel Fish, Part 2
June 5-11 Brant Rosen

Religion For Life is recorded and produced by NPR affiliate, WETS/Johnson City, Tennessee and airs on four stations and worldwide via podcast. Religion For Life has aired weekly since January 2012 exploring the intersection of religion, social justice, and public life. Information and links to podcasts can be found at

Religion For Life airs on the following stations:
WETS 89.5 FM/Johnson City, TN, Thur. 8 pm and Sun. 2 pm
WEHC 90.7 FM/Emory, VA, Sun. noon, Mon. 1 pm, Wed. 6:30 pm
WHAN 1430 AM-102.9FM/Ashland, VA, Sun. 12:30 pm
KZUM 89.3 FM/Lincoln, NE, Sat. 1 pm

John Shuck is minister of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee. He is a commissioner to the 2014 General Assembly of the PC(USA). He has had 21 years of ministry experience and five years of professional broadcasting experience in Boise and Seattle.