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.
The blessed season of Lent has begun around the world. Last Friday, Sabeel hosted an event in Jericho that brought 101 people from Nazareth and Jerusalem to connect and reflect on the meaning of Lent in Palestine and Israel.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide participants of the programs and that over the season of Lent opportunities will arise to share about this experiance with others in the Churches of Nazareth and Jerusalem. May the hearts and minds of local Christians be open to Lent and be prepared for your resurrection. Lord, in your mercy…Hear our prayersRead more
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
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
Last Wednesday, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) released a report identifying 206 companies from around the world, that are doing business linked to Israeli settlements that are built in the occupied West Bank in violation of international law.
Lord, we give thanks for all the righteous around the world who expose the greedy who benefit from the suffering of Palestinians. May the companies who profit from Palestinian stolen resources repent and make their ways ethical. Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayersRead more
“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
A new book by Ronen Bergman, the intelligence correspondent for the Israeli Yediot Aharonot newspaper, chronicles Israel’s ‘2,700’ assassination operations. In his book, Mr Bergman raises moral and legal concerns provoked by state-sponsored killings.
Lord, we remember all the people who have been condemned to death by the Israeli government without a fair trial. We pray that the day will come that Israeli decision makers abandon the sword and are held accountable for their crimes. Lord in your mercy…hear our prayersRead more