Resources from the Middle East and Europe Office
Much has been written about the Middle East and Europe. The links below provide some recommended reading on the topics indicated, hoping that you will find the annotated reading lists helpful and useful. Comments, and your suggestions for reading, are welcome. Please send them by e-mail to Global Ministries, at the e-mail address listed at the bottom of this page.
Mission History and Partners
The Middle East, the United States, and Europe
Lebanon, Syria and Jordan
Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, and the Armenians
Iraq and Iran
Interfaith Relations and Islam
Framing I[F]R: International and Interfaith Relations
Middle East Report: Primer on Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Stone Cold Justice - A 2013 joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Video.
Militarization of the Middle East and the Church’s Economic Leverage
U.S. Weapons to Israel
Faith Under Occupation [PDF] The Plight of Indigenous Christians in the Holy Land
Update on the Situation of Christians in the Middle East by Dr. Mira Rizek - April 2012
Churches for Middle East Peace Resources
Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace (a PCUSA resource for order)
Teaching About Religion: A Resource on the World's Major Religions
The Code of Fair Practices for Journalists in the Middle East
What is Islam? by Derek Duncan
Website Challenging Christian Zionism
"Christian Zionism: A Faithful Response"-A UCC Resource
National Council of Churches Christian Zionism releases brochure
(English and Spanish available)
Christian Zionism: The new heresy that undermines Middle East peace
New book: More Desired than Our Owne Salvation - The Roots of Christian Zionism
by the Rev. Dr. Robert Smith
Christian Zionism, by Dr. Ninan Koshy
International Middle East Media Center
U.S. policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Where are we and how did we get here? by Walter Owensby
Toward an Understanding of the Conflict Between Israelis and Palestinians (PCUSA)
A Media Style Sheet on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, by J. Martin Bailey.
Israel-Palestine Resources from ELCA
USIP Report: "The Diversity of Muslims in the United States" March 9, 2006
Why another war? a backgrounder on the Iraq crisis February 7, 2003
EAPPI Fact Sheets on Israel-Palestine
Connecting Threads: Lilies Among Thorns
Watch, listen and study as partners and missionaries in the Middle East and Europe share the richness of their work. You will see people and images that challenge common assumptions and inspire hope amid many challenges - lilies among thorns.
This Holy Place
Explore the issues of peace and justice at stake in the Middle East conflict. For both youth and adult audiences. 16 minutes.
A Ride Through the Checkpoint - shows daily life for Palestinians
Churches for Middle East Peace Executive Director Warren Clark, Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land and Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land and Jordan discuss the experiences of Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land and the ways that people in the United States can help achieve peace. (March 2, 2012)
Seeking Justice & Peace
A 19-minute video outlining the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the challenge of the Occupation. Produced primarily for internal use, the video does not claim high production values, but seeks to offer an overview of the conflict for those interested in the UCC's 2005 General Synod resolution, and a history of the current issues.
ACT Palestine Forum: Together for Peace and Justice
This ACT Palestine Forum (APF) video features the humanitarian work of APF through its members and highlights the urgent need for a just and peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Al-Nakba Every Day
An award winning documentary about water set in Aida refugee camp, the film explains how Palestinian water is redirected to Israel and the illegal settlements. A man examining an empty, dry n’ rusted storage tank swears to God his main concern is “the water and the water, every night…. Yesterday we commemorated the Nakba, everyday we have the Nakba, this is the biggest Nakba…. “ 12 minutes.
The Story of the Palestinian Church - Mitri Raheb