CMEP Bulletin: West Bank Tensions Rise; Gaza’s Public Institutions Strike

CMEP Bulletin: West Bank Tensions Rise; Gaza’s Public Institutions Strike

Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace is a coalition of 22 national church denominations and organizations, including the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ. It works to encourage U.S. government policies that actively promote a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all people of the region.

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Statement by St. Yves on Building the Annexation Wall in Cremisan [Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights]

The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights condemns in the strongest terms the uprooting of hundreds of olive trees and bulldozing lands in Beir Onah by the Israeli army, as it begins the building of the annexation wall in Cremisan, without any regard to the rights of the 58 Palestinian Christian families who will lose their lands as a result of the construction of the annexation wall in the area.

  • Churches for Middle East Peace sends letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing “grave concern” over the impact of this construction of the separation barrier (see below)

Congresswoman Asks For Investigation Into Israeli Shooting Of Two Palestinian Teens [Huffpost Politics]

Jerusalem Experiences Day of Violence [ynet]

Herzog: Abbas Worries About ‘Losing Control’ of West Bank [Al Monitor]

Mahmoud Abbas to Resign P.L.O. Leadership Position, Officials Say [New York Times]

Palestinian FM: EU Should Ban Settlers as Well as Their Products [Times of Israel]

Settlers Take EU to Court for Funding Illegal Palestinian Building [Jerusalem Post]

Never Enough Evidence to Convict ‘Price Tag’ Attackers [+972]

Demolishing Palestinian structures is the norm — not the exception [+972]

President to settlers: Our Right to Land Not Debatable [Times of Israel]

Rivlin: Israel Has ‘Right’ to Settle in West Bank [ynet]

WATCH: Dozens of Palestinian-Owned Trees Uprooted to Build Separation Wall [+972]

Palestinians receive monthly food aid at a UN distribution center in Rafah refugee camp. Gaza Strip, August 2nd 2015 (Abed Rahim Khatib – Flash 90)

No Exit? Gaza & Israel Between Wars [International Crisis Group]

Public Institutions in Gaza to Go On Strike Over Treatment of Workers [Ma’an]

Petition to End Gaza Blockade Signed by Over 500,000 in One Day [Haaretz]