PALESTINIAN CHILD DETENTION BILL
Historic legislation comes to US Congress: the first bill to address Palestinian human rights would end US funding for Israeli military detention of Palestinian children. Introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum and 9 more members of Congress, it now has many more co-sponsors. See a short video, news reports, documentation of Israeli abuse of Palestinian children... learn more here.
CHALLENGING ANTI-BDS LEGISLATION The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kansas teacher – a member of the Mennonite Church USA – who supports her church’s call for boycott.See the ACLU report Faith Coalition Takes Action to Defend Free Speech
In historic show of unity, dozens of faith organizations publish full-page newspaper ad; 20 Christian leaders from national organizations send open letter to Congress. Both defend the right to boycott and oppose anti-BDS laws that violate Americans’ rights. Read the news, the statement & the letter
Historic legislation comes to US Congress – first bill to address Palestinian human rights
Bill would end US funding for Israeli military detention of Palestinian children, introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum and nine other members of Congress. See a short video on this bill, news reports, factual documentation of Israeli abuse of Palestinian children... learn more here.
Mayor of Bethlehem: Why are U.S. Christians celebrating Israeli policies strangling Jesus’ birthplace? Excerpts: The world refers to the land of Jesus and the cradle of Christianity as “the land of peace.” The political reality today is quite the opposite. There are no words to describe the incarceration of Jesus’ birthplace, Bethlehem….
To those who choose to stand on the oppressor’s side, I ask them to remember our origins as Christians, and to resurrect the universal message of hope born in a grotto in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Read more
Breaking the Silence: Accomplishments in 2017 In this courageous Israeli organization, which is often targeted by their government, former members of the Israeli military tell the world the truth about the occupation they enforced.
A message from the Executive Director: Avner Gvaryahu
The High Command report – settler influence on IDF conduct in the West Bank
Kingdom of Olives and Ash – Writers Confront the Occupation
Partnerships with Jewish Diaspora
Black Mirror – 50 years of occupation, 5 hours of public testimonies reading
Quaker Palestine Israel Network (QPIN) Engaging Critics of BDS: A Resource for Activists! We are pleased to announce the publication of Engaging Critics of BDS: A Resource for Activists! QPIN has written this guide as a tool for BDS activists to help counter some often encountered arguments from critics of BDS. This document was inspired by discussions held at a Quaker consultation in April, 2016 organized by QPIN and hosted by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Get this resource
Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) The FOSNA Clergy and Seminary Action Council
The Council offers a voice of bold solidarity. As church and seminary leaders, we possess spirit, wisdom, privilege, and opportunity. Let us employ these traits as we join Palestinian colleagues and friends who call for our support in this urgent moment….we aim to strengthen the North American Christian voice for justice for Palestine.” Learn more; join the council
The Palestinian Speakers Bureau from FOSNA No one can tell the story of Palestine better than a Palestinian. The speakers on this list, organized by region, are happy to address your congregation, sit on a panel, or speak at a conference.See the speakers, make inquiries, suggest additions
Episcopal Peace Fellowship – Palestine Israel Network The Palestine Israel Toolkit Resources to help readers learn the basics, broaden their knowledge, dispel misunderstandings, and find ways to work with others toward peace with justice in the Holy Land. Sections include:The Basics, Going Deeper, Why It’s Important, and Time to Take Action. See/download the toolkit
Defense for Children International–Palestine
Child Rights Briefing: October 2017
• Detained teens in Gaza highly vulnerable to abuse • West Bank refugee camps face crisis of safety and space • Military watchtower as a neighbor in Arroub Refugee Camp Read the news
Open letter, Palestinian Christians to WCC Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. (Isa. 1:17) Excerpts of the letter:
“We need your costly solidarity. We need brave women and men who are willing to stand in the forefront. This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call….
“Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The current status-quo is unsustainable.” Read the letter
Round up of 2017 Prophetic Church Actions
Actions by the United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Mennonite Church USA, United Methodist annual conferences, and World Communion of Reformed Churches. See the news
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Laws that penalize support for Palestinian human rights violate Americans’ rights. Urge your elected officials to protect constitutional rights and reject anti-BDS legislation. Send a message to your federal and state elected officials – take action here
Urge Congress to support Palestinian unity and end the Gaza blockade
The recent Palestinian unity agreement is a ray of hope for devastated Gaza and all Palestinians. Urge your legislators to make sure the US supports this effort and works for an end to the blockade of Gaza, which has caused a humanitarian catastrophe. Take action: contact your U.S. legislators
Tell the International Criminal Court: Children in Gaza deservelife
Every week, Christians around the world join in prayer with Palestinian Christians, through the Wave of Prayer from Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. Below are recent prayers and news bytes from Sabeel. Click on any item, to see it at Sabeel’s website.
Christ at the Checkpoint 5 • May 28-June 1, 2018 – Bethlehem, Palestine
CMEP Advocacy Summit 2018: And Still We Rise: Transforming U.S. Policy Toward a Just Middle East • June 17-19, 2018 – Washington, D.C