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• AMP Advocacy Day 2020
22-24 March 2020; Washington DC, UNITED STATES
• Digitalizing Palestine, Between Threats and Opportunities
24-27 March 2020; PALESTINE: 12 locations, including online
• EAD 2020: Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored
24–27 April, 2020; Washington, DC, USA
• Christ at the Checkpoint 2020
5–9 June 2020; Bethlehem, PALESTINE
• Sabeel Young Adult International Gathering
17-25 June 2020; Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more, PALESTINE
• CMEP: Equal in God’s Eyes: Human Rights & Dignity for All in Israel/Palestine
21-23 June 2020; Alexandria, VA & Washington DC, UNITED STATES
• FOSNA: Counter CUFI 2020
28-29 June 2020; Washington DC, UNITED STATES
AMP Advocacy Day 2020
22-24 March 2020 • Washington DC, UNITED STATES
Presented by American Muslims for Palestine
Since 2015, American Muslims for Palestine has organized an annual Palestine Advocacy
Day and Training weekend to educate students, community activists, and organizers—young and old—on civic engagement and policy work exclusively on the issue of Palestine. Invited guest lecturers and instructors provide an in-depth course on legislative advocacy and the political process in the U.S. with workshops on:
• The Structures of Government
• Community & Movement History – Building Power
• Understanding Civic Engagement
• How to Speak to Elected Officials and Their Offices
• Direct Action & Its Uses
• Political Advocacy & Political/Electoral Organizing
• Training on Making Asks on Specific Policy Issues
• Public Speaking
Learn more: https://www.ampalestine.org/projects/palestine-advocacy-day-training
Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2020
Digitalizing Palestine, Between Threats and Opportunities
24-27 March 2020 • PALESTINE: 12 locations, including online
Presented by 7amleh
The PDAF will be held both online and offline and include the participation of more than 60 speakers and trainers, representing different organizations working in human rights, digital media, and social sectors and more than 30 local and international partners. They will come together under the theme, “Digitizing Palestine – Between Threats and Opportunities” to consider how pushes for Palestinians to digitize in a context of insufficient international and national safeguards while the ongoing Israeli occupation is risking and violating their digital and human rights.
A dedicated team from 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media and a steering committee have organized the event which will take place in over 12 locations and include 4 online events. The PDAF also includes many local and international partners including the Association for Progressive Communications, Amnesty International. The event is sponsored by local, regional and international partners including Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Access Now and DW Akademie among others.
Learn more: https://7amleh.org
Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored
24-27 April 2020 • Washington, DC, UNITED STATES
Presented by Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice
Climate change affects everyone and disproportionately affects those struggling to overcome poverty. 2020 will be a pivotal year for the United States and the world with a general election that will set the course for the next four years – with an enduring impact on climate and economic justice.
Save the Date for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2020, April 24-27, on re-imagining community for God’s earth and people. Come to learn about the intersection of climate change and economic injustice, and to advocate for climate justice.
“As the indigenous people of Colombia we are part of . . .the environment created by God. Therefore, we ask that the mistreatment of ‘Mother Earth’ cease.”
– Guaviare indigenous leader, quoted in Instrumentum Laboris: The Amazon: New Path for the Church and Integral Ecology.
“We look for — and speed the coming of — the new heavens and a new earth, where justice is at home.” (2 Peter 3:12,13)
PALESTINE PORTAL’S NOTE: With a focus on every geographic region in the world, EAD always includes excellent workshops and action for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine
For more information on EAD 2020: https://advocacydays.org/2020-imagine-gods-earth-people-restored/
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
Learn more about EAD: https://advocacydays.org
Christ at the Checkpoint 6
Hope and Resilience in a Broken World
5–9 June 2020 • Bethlehem, PALESTINE
Join is in the year 2020 in Bethlehem for the sixth international Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The theme will be Hope and Resilience in a Broken World. Join us as what we consider what it means to follow Christ in the shadow of walls and conflict, and how to be resilient in our Christian witness, keep hope alive, seek just peace and truth, and preach good news in the midst of a broken world.
We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our
enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.
See the Program
The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto
1. The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
2. Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
3. Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abraham Covenant.
4. The church in the land of the Holy One has borne witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.
5. Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of scripture.
6. All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.
7. Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity for self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
8. There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories, and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equity and rights of Israeli and Palestinian communities.
9. For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.
10. Any challenge to the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
11. Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.
12. Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.
Sabeel Young Adult International Gathering
17-25 June 2020 • Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more, PALESTINE
Presented by Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
In this time of great polarization, fundamentalism and grave injustice, we are seeing a
generation of young people rise who are longing for theologies that liberate and bring hope to the oppressed, the marginalized, and the broken-hearted. Such theologies have
developed among oppressed Christians worldwide, including among Palestinians. These
theologies have inspired strength, hope, and a continual commitment to Jesus’ teachings of a just peace and nonviolent resistance to all forms of oppression.
This gathering provides an opportunity for young people from around the world, ages
18-35, to engage first-hand with local young Palestinians and hear their stories, learn
more about the current realities on the ground, explore and discuss together
liberation theology, nonviolence, engaging Christian Zionism, and to work together to
Learn more: https://sabeel.org/2020/02/05/sabeel-1st-young-adult-gathering/
CMEP Advocacy Summit 2020
Equal in God’s Eyes: Human Rights & Dignity for All in Israel/Palestine
21-23 June 2020 • Washington DC and Alexandria, VA, UNITED STATES
Presented by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
Injustice and strife have created victims on all sides of the conflict in Israel and Palestine. From local communities to the Middle East as a whole, no group goes untouched. The conflict denies dignity and fundamental human rights for every individual living through the situation.
The best way to change the world is by changing how we act in the world: treating others as Christ demands us; following the example of early Christians who blazed a trail of equality. As followers of Christ, we are all equal in God’s eyes. At Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) we believe that our differences should not divide us, rather they should open opportunities for learning, growth, and community.
Join us June 21-23, 2020, in the Washington, D.C. area for our annual advocacy summit where we will work to remove the obstacles that prevent us from seeing both Israelis and Palestinians as human beings and deserving of human rights and help us move toward seeing everyone as equal in God’s eyes and the actions that follow out of that belief. CMEP embraces an impassioned call for justice and peace for all people of the Middle East.
Learn more: https://cmep.org/summit2020/
Counter CUFI 2020
28-29 June 2020 • Washington DC, UNITED STATES
Organized by FOSNA: Friends of Sabeel North America
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 seven 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 pushes 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. We cannot allow CUFI’s influence to go unchallenged. This is the moment to act. We call on people of faith and allies to the Palestinian struggle to take action at future CUFI events. 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.
Join us in Washington D.C. on June 28-29, 2020 for our national action!
Learn more: https://www.fosna.org/countercufi