Special webinar on children in Israeli military detention
In 2017, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ adopted resolutions addressing the rights of children living under Israeli military occupation. The resolutions call upon our members to advocate for the human rights of the children of Palestine, and for the United States government to adhere to U.S. laws concerning human rights violations and the disbursement of military aid and assistance to Israeli armed forces.
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota's 4th Congressional district) introduced a bill (House Resolution 4391) in November, 2017. The bill is titled the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act and prohibits U.S. tax dollars from supporting human rights violations against Palestinian children during the course of Israeli military detention.
Defense of Children-Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee have developed a campaign called "No Way to Treat A Child," focusing on this issue, and have announced a special webinar for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 8:00 pm (Eastern time) to discuss the issue, the bill, and action steps. Please register here to participate in the webinar.
3rd Thursday Action Alert: Tell Congress to Oppose Anti-Boycott Legislation
Dangerous bills that could undermine the work of advocates for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis continue to make their way through Congress. These include The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (H.R. 1697 and S. 720) and the Combating BDS Act of 2017 (H.R. 2856 and S. 170) which are part of a larger effort at the federal and state levels to outlaw or penalize the use of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions aimed at Israeli government policies.
It is urgent that members of Congress hear from constituents who oppose these and similar bills.Read more...
Faith Communities Call for Continued Assistance to UNRWA
Fourteen US Churches and Church bodies, including Global Ministries, joined together on February 6, 2018 to send a letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to reverse the recent U.S. decision to cut funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. UNRWA provides vital funding to millions of Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East and funding cuts will have a devastating impact on already vulnerable communities.Read more...
YWCA of Palestine requests action: With Tears of Struggle, Free Ahed
“You and your generation are courageous enough, at last to win. Your actions and courage fill me with awe and bring tears to my eyes but in accordance with your request, these are not tears of sadness or regret, but rather tears of struggle.” --Bassem Tamimi, Ahd’s Father
Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was taken in the dead of night by Israeli soldiers on December 19, 2017. She was arrested after a video that her mother, Nariman, took went viral, showing an altercation with soldiers in the courtyard of her house on December 15, the same day her cousin Mohammed Tamimi was critically wounded by a rubber bullet in his face at the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh.Read more...
CMEP Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Aid to Palestinian Refugees
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 the U.S. announced it would be withholding $65 million from a $125 million scheduled payment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the sole UN agency working with Palestinian refugees. Since its inception, the US has been a strong financial supporter of UNRWA, giving over $350 million dollars in support in 2017. This announcement followed a recent decision made by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Central Council to consider the Oslo Peace Accord no longer valid and their intention to suspend their recognition of the state of Israel. Even prior to this decision, the U.S. Administration threatened to cut US aid to the Palestinian people.Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) firmly opposes the withdrawal of U.S. humanitarian support from the Palestinians. Tell Congress humanitarian aid matters.Read more...