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• Endorse “Cry for Hope” the 2020 Call from Palestinian Christians
• Support Palestinian Children’s Human Rights
• Rise Against Racism and Counter CUFI!
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Endorse “Cry for Hope” the 2020 Call
from Palestinian Christians
“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.
“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.
Join the community of individuals, churches and organizations the world over standing for justice and equality. Read “Cry for Hope: a Call to Decisive Action,” available in multiple languages. Join the Facebook community to share how you are responding to “Cry for Hope.”
Tell Congress: Support Palestinian Children’s Human Rights
On April 30, 2019, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.) introduced H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” which would prohibit U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children by any country, including Israel. H.R. 2407 is similar to a bill McCollum introduced in November 2017 (H.R. 4391, the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act”), with some updates and changes. Significantly, the new bill prohibits U.S. military aid from being used by foreign armed forces to support the military detention, interrogation, abuse or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.
Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are detained and prosecuted in Israeli military courts each year. Since 2000, more than 10,000 children have been subjected to the Israeli military court system, which does not guarantee their rights of due process. Their treatment highlights the two-tiered system of justice in the occupied Palestinian territory—Israeli civil courts for Israeli settlers, and Israeli military courts for Palestinians.
H.R. 2407 notes that child detention by the Israeli military courts violates international laws and standards of human rights, is contrary to American values, and undermines efforts to promote a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The bill seeks to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel; to authorize $19 million for nongovernmental organization (NGO) monitoring of human rights abuses associated with Israel’s military detention of children; and to provide physical, psychological, and emotional treatment and support for Palestinian child victims of Israeli military detention, abuse and torture. Specific information about the bill is available at the No Way to Treat a Child campaign website.
TAKE ACTION: Ask your Representative in Congress protect the rights of Palestinian children and to uphold existing U.S. law that prohibits using military aid to violate international humanitarian law. SEND A MESSAGE
H.R. 8050: The Israeli Annexation Non-Recognition Act
In August 2020. Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced another truly historic bill in the U.S. Congress, The Israeli Annexation Non-Recognition Act, H.R. 8040. This bill will prohibit the United States government from recognizing Israeli claims of sovereignty over any part of the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and prohibit U.S. military funding to Israel being used for further annexation of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. This bill is a vital step toward divesting from Israeli militarism.
Israel currently receives more U.S. foreign aid than any other nation–$3.8 billion a year. It is critical that we urge Congress to use its power of the purse to stop Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory and to end violations of Palestinian rights.
On Aug. 13, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, with U.S. support, announced normalization of diplomatic relations, with Israel agreeing to “suspend” annexation of West Bank lands. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has since said that he sees the suspension only as a delay—not an end—to Israel’s annexation plans.
It’s important that we continue to put pressure on Congress so that the delay does not diminish their opposition to annexation. It is also important to remember that delay does not stop de facto annexation and ongoing military occupation, as Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the West Bank, demolish Palestinian homes, and violate Palestinians’ rights.
Tell Congress to stand up for democratic values, human rights, and international law by ensuring that U.S. taxpayer funds are not used to implement annexation or further the disenfranchisement of Palestinian people.
TAKE ACTION WITH AFSC:
Tell your House member today: Co-sponsor the Israeli Annexation Non-Recognition Act.
Many partners of Palestine Portal among the early sponsors of H.R. 8050:
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), Defense for Children International–Palestine, Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), Jewish Voice for Peace Action, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), Presbyterian Church USA, National Council of Churches, Mennonite Central Committee-Washington DC Office, The United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society.
Learn more about this legislation at Rep. Betty McCollum’s website Read in-depth analysis by Josh Ruebner at The Electronic Intifada
Rise Against Racism, Counter CUFI
For too long, Palestinians have been calling for freedom, justice, and equality. As organizations that share these values, we urge you to join us in confronting Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. With over five million members, CUFI uses its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine, including imprisoning Palestinian children; bombing homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza; massacring peaceful protestors; and confiscating Palestinian land. By its own admission, CUFI “led the charge to have the U.S. recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” and it continues to push for unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation and illegal settlement expansion.
CUFI is a Christian Zionist organization: Its ideology and politics are deeply entrenched in white nationalism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression. In spite of its strong political influence on the Hill, CUFI has operated largely under the radar and received little attention in comparison with groups like AIPAC.
Until now. This is the moment to act:
This July, many of your Congressional representatives will be attending CUFI’s annual summit as invited guests. We cannot allow CUFI’s influence to go unchallenged. Come to Washington, D.C. on July 7 and 8 to tell the world to #CounterCUFI! It will take each and every one of us to rise against racism, to reclaim and protect our communities, and to uphold the liberation of all people in the vision
of justice, equality, and freedom.
Friends of Sabeel North America
Jewish Voice for Peace
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US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
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