Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to constrain our country’s militarization of the Middle East

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgEscalating tensions with Iran in the last two weeks verging on war resulted in the Iraqi parliament voting overwhelmingly to expel US troops from the country.  The vote was received with a strong rejection by the US, despite President Trump having campaigned on a promise to bring US troops home.  Having been present as an occupying army since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, the vote called renewed attention to US military presence in the region.  But the US has done more to militarize the Middle East than station troops there.  It has provided military arms and equipment, allocated military aid, and approved arms sales to the region in staggering quantities.

    Please contact your representatives in Washington, urging them to constrain the US military presence in the Middle East in the form of troops, military aid, provision of arms, and arms sales approvals.

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  • Action Alert: Preventing War with Iran

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    As a Just Peace Church, the United Church of Christ has long advocated for diplomatic and peaceful engagement with Iran. We have spoken out on multiple occasions in opposition to inflammatory rhetoric and direct provocation that could ultimately lead to war. In response to recent events, our UCC leadership has issued a call to prayer and fasting for peace during this season of Epiphany, to bring us back from the brink of war with Iran.

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Tell Congress to Reject the Administration’s Reversal on the Illegality of Israeli Settlements

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgOn November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US no longer considers Israeli settlements inconsistent with international law, reversing a 1978 Department of State legal opinion that asserted that inconsistency, a position the US has affirmed since that time.

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  • UCC and Disciples leaders join in letter to Congress supporting Palestinian children's rights

    On November 18, 2019, twenty-six religious leaders--including United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ, and Global Ministries leaders--signed a letter to Congress in support of the "Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act" (H.R. 2407), legislation that prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel.

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Support the rights of Palestinian Children living under Israeli Occupation

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgOn November 20, the International Day of the Child, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), with Christian faith leaders, will advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.  A special public briefing will be held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC 200) about this issue and its associated bill, H.R. 2407.  The briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace.

    When: Wednesday, November 20 (International Day of the Child)
    Time: 10:30-11:30 am
    Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC 200)

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