Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • Disciples and UCC Leaders issue a Message and Call in response to the "Cry for Hope"

    In response to Cry for Hope, the urgent call to end the oppression of the Palestinian people issued by Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice, the General Ministers and Presidents of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, as well as the Co-Executives of Global Ministries, have released a "Message and Call in Response to the Kairos Palestine Cry for Hope.  The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Ministers and Presidents of the Disciples and UCC, respectively, and the Rev. Dr. Julia Brown Karimu and the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson, Co-Executives of Global Ministries, having received the Cry for Hope, have taken the opportunity to reach out to members of the two churches.  In their message, they offer ways that the Cry for Hope can be studied and acted on by church members.  They also reiterate their strong opposition to anticipated Israeli efforts to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, and to occupation.

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert - Tell Congress: No to annexation, and no to continued occupation

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgAs anti-racism protests have swept across the United States following the horrific police killing of George Floyd on May 25, Palestinians have joined the thousands around the world rallying in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can't breathe.” This painful moment has served as a reminder that, 157 years after the abolishment of slavery in the US and 57 years since Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington, Black Americans still face daily injustice and discrimination, police brutality, and systemic racism.

    The message of the Black Lives Matter movement has resonated beyond the United States, and demonstrations calling for an end to inequality and racial violence have taken place in hundreds of cities across the globe. In Palestine, where the reality of unrelenting oppression is all too familiar for Palestinians, solidarity has been proclaimed loudly and courageously, such as in a statement by the Palestinian advocacy organization Adalah Justice Project saying, “This rebellion is rooted in love. To protest for Black life, to demand dignity, to cry out for justice, is love.”

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Tell Congress: No to annexation, and no to continued occupation

    Last Friday, May 15, Palestinians commemorated Nakba Day.  “Nakba,” an Arabic word that means “catastrophe,” is how Palestinians describe what happened to them following Israel’s declaration of independence in May 1948 and the corresponding war.  During the period, more than 500 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed by the nascent Israeli state’s military, resulting in the forcible displacement and dispossession of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages.  Today, those still living and their descendants, comprise more than 5 million Palestinian refugees, whose rights of return and/or compensation for their losses as articulated in UN resolution 194 (1948) remain unfulfilled.

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  • CMEP Action Alert: Tell Congress to Say No to Annexation

    CMEP_logo.jpgLast week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the decision to annex much of the West Bank was Israel’s to make. With the announcement of an emergency national unity government, bringing together Prime Minister Netanyahu and his former chief rival Benny Gantz, Israel is likely to proceed with an annexation vote as early as July 1. Annexation would have a devastating impact on the ground for Palestinians--taking away any realistic opportunity for a Palestinian state and a just resolution to the conflict.

    With such a short timeline, it is imperative members of Congress hear from their constituents who oppose annexation. Congress must act swiftly and take concrete legislative action to make clear the U.S. government will not fund or otherwise support annexation. Please contact your members of Congress today. 

    Let your member know you oppose annexation 

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to restore critical funding and urge ending Gaza blockade

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgEvery place in the world is in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The disease does not discriminate: people of every race, gender, class, and identity are susceptible and have contracted Coronavirus.  Even so, there is a clear difference in vulnerability based on wealth and privilege which determine access to testing, proper health care, and ability to isolate to reduce the spread.

    Early in the outbreak, both the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel declared states of emergency, severely restricting the movement of people and promoting—even mandating—physical distancing.

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