News stories in recent months and opportunities for action, from and for the Palestine Portal community. (See previous news stories here. Previous action alerts are here.)
United Church of Christ Adopts Bold Resolution Naming Israeli Oppression as “Apartheid” and “Sin”
This action by the UCC set a new standard for the church movement for Palestinian rights. By speaking the truth of Israel’s actions without qualification and declaring without reservation the duty of the church to respond accordingly, the denomination has challenged not only its own members but churches in the United States and the world at large to do the same. Read more, get the resolution, see news coverage, thanks and endorsements, and more: See these on Palestine Portal
Words to Action: UCC’s Comprehensive Guide for the Declaration for a Just Peace
UCC Palestine Israel Network (UCC PIN), which successfully led the effort for this Declaration to be adopted, has now provided a comprehensive set of learning materials, available to congregations and organizations from all denominations.
Check out this interactive presentation and see the entire resource collection at their website. The UCC declaration and accompanying materials represent the culmination of decades of church activism, clearing the way for the actions that will ultimately change the political wind and bring liberation to both oppressed and oppressor.
Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem
In May, Israel plans to begin expulsions and home demolitions that will ultimately target over 1,500 Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, and other historically Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
The “Judaization” of East Jerusalem has been in progress since the military conquest of the West Bank by Israel in June 1967. It has included the incremental confiscation of non-Jewish property within the Old City Walls and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian neighborhoods to the north, east and west of the Old City. The goal is not only to make Jerusalem into an entirely Jewish city, but also to encircle it with a ring of Jewish settlements, effectively cutting it off from the rest of the West Bank and preventing the establishment of a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.
Read more here:the Kairos Palestine appeal to Pope Francis and the global church community, 14 Palestinian organizations appeal to the UN, the appeal to the ICC Prosecutor, the letter from (now) 13 Christian organizations and churches to U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, plus News & Commentary, and links to actions you can take now.
Tell General Mills to get out of illegal Israeli settlements!
The U.N. has named General Mills as one of the 112 businesses that are violating international law by operating in occupied Palestinian territories. General Mills is profiting from apartheid and contributing to gross human rights violations against Palestinians. Yet General Mills has endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights! A broad coalition of faith-based and secular partners are calling on this corporation to put their principles into practice. Learn more about this boycott(scroll down that page for great resources) See this article:We’re boycotting Pillsbury. Here’s why you should join us. Send a message to General Mills: Stop manufacturing on stolen land!
Cry for Hope: A Call to Decisive Action Endorse and share the Palestinian Christians’ Call of 2020
“Can you help us get our freedom back?” The Palestinians called out to the world in 2009 in the Kairos Palestine Document “A Moment of Truth: a word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering.” Kairos Palestine set in motion a global movement, rousing churches to action and awakening civil society to the reality of Palestinian suffering. But the oppression and land taking did not stop.
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“Cry for Hope” joins with movements of oppressed peoples around the world in taking a stand against the politics and economics of Empire, a global order of domination manifesting in racial, economic, cultural, and environmental oppression that threatens humanity and all of creation. It calls on churches, ecumenical organizations, concerned advocates from other faith traditions, and partners from all sectors of civil society to undertake these seven actions:
Initiate processes at local, denominational and ecumenical levels that lead to decisive action regarding the denial of Palestinian rights.
Confront theologies and understandings of the Bible that justify the oppression of the Palestinian people.
Support Palestinian resistance, including Boycott Divestment and Sanctions and direct political advocacy.
Demand that governments and world bodies employ political, diplomatic and economic means to stop Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.
Oppose equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.
Support initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians and interfaith partnerships that oppose apartheid and create opportunities to work together for justice and equality.
Come and see the reality in the Holy Land to stand in solidarity with grassroots initiatives for a just peace.
Learn more about these events at our EVENTS PAGE, or click the links below for each one
Gaza Children’s Mental Health, Under Siege and Under the Bombs Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021
8:00-9:30 am PT,11:00 am-12:30 pm ET (US, Canada)
3:00-4:30 pm (UTC) / 6:00-7:30 pm (Palestine)
Presented by Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) Register here
Prophecy in our time: "There are situations when "peace" itself becomes the enemy...Whether the evil being addressed is slavery, racism...or apartheid, it is totally unacceptable to take a mild, compromising stance that avoids confrontation...." https://www.fosna.org/the-fosna-blog/peace-amp-apartheid
Well, this is awkward... I'm joining the boycott of... myself. I've exhausted all other ways to get myself out of occupied East Jerusalem. This land is Palestinian. No company should benefit from an illegal occupation, annexation of stolen land, and apartheid. #BoycottPillsbury
Share/RT: On #HumanRightsDay, we remind @UNHumanRights chief @MBachelet & @antonioguterres it is their duty to uphold also Palestinian human rights, freedom & equality.
Palestinian have the right to exist. Stop Israel's ethnic cleansing and demolitions - https://ctt.ac/i0Le7+
WHILE GIVING THANKS & ENJOYING A HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Remind govt leaders of those living under occupation and siege! To Biden:"It's time for YOU to oppose rampant Israeli settlement expansion." To U.S. Senate:"Support Bernie Sanders' NDAA amendment for Gaza." https://umkr.salsalabs.org/alert-nov2021
Join FOSNA & the world community in telling Israel: we demand JUSTICE for Mohammed Halabi, the director of World Vision's humanitarian aid for Gaza. The charade of grossly false charges & imprisonment w/ no due process must end! https://chng.it/W95zQJcM #Justice4Halabi @fosnalive