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.
A Lenten Reflection from the Middle East
It is Monday, the first day of Lent in the churches of the East, and here in Beirut it is a dreary and drizzly day. Early this morning, as our taxi made its way through various neighborhoods, traversing one end of the city to the other, clutches of people emerged from the various churches, dressed for work but with a telltale cross on their foreheads, remnants of today’s worship and last year’s palm and olive branches. They are bearing a reminder that what once was green and verdant life is now a blackened sign, a simple advertisement of an approaching and inevitable sorrow.Read more
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
By Dr. Mary Mikhael*
As early as the first week of January our great partners and friend began to visit our Church and its ministries.
Indeed despite lack of certainty, and expectations of changes in plans, and sometimes surprises, our partners do not hesitate taking risk and visit us. We praise God for all those who have been with us on the journey of faith, their commitment encourages us much.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