Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Call on Congress to ensure access to places of worship in Jerusalem

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgIn the past couple of weeks, the issue of access to holy spaces in Jerusalem has been highlighted in the news.  Earlier this month, Israel took measures to close off access to al-Haram ash-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), also known as the Temple Mount, to Palestinian Muslims who sought to pray at al-Aqsa Mosque, and prevented entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City to all except its residents.  The step led to rebuke from Muslim leaders locally and globally, and led to clashes.

    This most recent episode highlights the deep sentiments and affinities with holy sites in Jerusalem; the tendentious nature of attempts to control access; and the impact of denial of opportunities to visit, pray, and worship at places dear to believers.

    In this time of Lent, leading to Easter in April, call your Congressional representative, urging her/him to press Israel to ensure free access to places of worship in the city.

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Ask your Congressperson and Senators to attend a Congressional Hearing on the March of Return in March

    On January 7, 2018, Ahmed Abu Artema wrote a Facebook post from his home in Rafah, Gaza that echoed an idea that has reverberated throughout Palestinian history: “What would happen if Palestinians marched nonviolently and in large numbers towards the boundary fence with Israel to demand respect for their rights and call attention to the Israeli-imposed blockade that has created hardship for millions of people for more than a decade?”

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  • CMEP Action Alert: Tell Congress: Amend the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act

    CMEP_logo.jpgThe Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) signed into law in October 2018 effectively stops US humanitarian assistance to Palestinians. It imposes new conditions on foreign governments receiving U.S. economic assistance. Until those conditions are removed, USAID programs in the Palestinian Territories have closed and NGOs will no longer be able to receive vital funding for education, healthcare, job training, and other social programs.

    Contact your member of congress today and tell them to amend the ATCA to remove these restrictive conditions.

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Call on Congress to realign US support for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgA new Congress is now sworn in, and its legislative agenda is full.  Foreign policy is an area often reserved for the Executive branch, but Israel/Palestine has been an area of historically unique bipartisan agreement.  But there are new voices, willing to speak for justice, peace, and equality for all.  Sadly, however, currently stated U.S. policy is working against such an outcome.

    In a November 14 ecumenical statement, 16 U.S. Christian leaders outline developments in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine since the beginning of the Trump Administration, noting their negative impact on Palestinians and the prospects for peace for Israel and Palestine.

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Call on Congress to realign support for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgRecent violence between Gaza and Israel is a tragic indicator of the need for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.  Sadly, however, U.S. policy is working against such an outcome.

    In a November 14 ecumenical statement, 16 U.S. Christian leaders outline developments in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine since the beginning of the Trump Administration, noting their negative impact on Palestinians and the prospects for peace for Israel and Palestine. The statement was sent to all members of Congress and to the Trump administration.

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