Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to Affirm Your Right to Use Economic Measures to Promote Justice

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    On July 17, Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced to the US House of Representatives a resolution (H. Res. 496) entitled, “Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.” The resolution cites examples of the use of boycotts, starting with the Boston Tea Party, to rectify instances and policies of injustice. The examples listed are domestic, like the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as well as international, such as the US boycott of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s and of the Soviet Union in the 1980 summer Olympics. The resolution goes on to enumerate cases in which the US Supreme Court upheld the right to boycott as among the rights of free speech protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The resolution currently has 18 co-sponsors.

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  • Letter to Congress Sent Regarding the Right to Use Economic Measures

    12 Christian organizations, including Global Ministries, sent a letter to all members of Congress calling on them to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” included in S.1 and mentioned in H.Res. 246 passed earlier in 2019.

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  • CMEP Action Alert: Tell your Representative, “Stand Up for The Right to Boycott!”

    CMEP_logo.jpgRepresentatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and John Lewis have introduced a resolution affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad. Let us encourage your representatives to join them in standing up for our civil liberties by cosponsoring H.Res 496! 

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to Affirm Your Right to Responsible Stewardship

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    On July 30, the US House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution that expressed its opposition to the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, while at the same time, affirmed “the right of U.S. citizens to free speech, including the right to protest or criticize U.S. or foreign government policies.” The resolution (H.Res.246) passed 398-17.

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Oppose US legitimization of Israeli settlements

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgOn June 16, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a sign that reads, “Trump Heights.”  The sign sits at the site of an Israeli settlement in the Golan, which Israel occupied—along with the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Sinai Peninsula—during the 1967 War.  Israel claimed sovereignty over the Golan in 1981 in defiance of international law, and in March of this year, President Trump recognized Israel’s claim of annexation of that land.

    Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan, and blockade of Gaza, remain firmly in place, despite UN resolutions calling on Israel to withdraw from territories it occupied in the 1967 War.

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