Mission board heads of the Disciples, UCC, and ELCA urge congress to prevent demolition of Khan al-Ahmar
This afternoon, Global Ministries Co-Executives, the Rev. Julia Brown Karimu and the Rev. Dr. James Moos, with the Director of Global Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, sent a letter to all Congressional offices urging representatives to prevent the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin community in the West Bank. The letter was prompted by the Israeli High Court decision earlier this week to allow the Israeli government to proceed with the community's demolition. Global Ministries and the ELCA were among 16 churches and organizations to sign an international ecumenical statement on the issue in mid-August, and have been active in raising awareness and promoting advocacy on the issue.
The full text of the letter is below:Read more...
CMEP Congressional Action Alert: The Administration's Peace Plan Must Address the Needs of Palestinians and Israelis
The Trump Administration is gearing up to release what it considers the most comprehensive peace plan for Israel and Palestine ever introduced. Led by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, the processes behind this plan have notably excluded Palestinian representation. The Administration’s recent actions, including its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its refusal to administer humanitarian aid, already appropriated by Congress, to the West Bank and Gaza, indicate this deal will not address the needs and realities of Palestinians.Read more...
3rd Thursday Action Alert: Tell Congress to call for support for the people of Gaza
Recent days have seen rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and Israeli military strikes on Gaza, resulting in injuries to Palestinians and Israelis and the deaths of Palestinians including a pregnant woman, her 18-month-old child, and a 30-year-old man.
UN Middle East envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, said in an August 9 statement, “I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel. For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants… If the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people.”Read more...
3rd Thursday Alert: Call on Congress to put an end to Israel’s demolition of Palestinian villages. Keep Khan al-Ahmar standing!
“It’s inhuman, it’s like putting them in pens, it’s like a zoo.”
--Michael, international observer, of the proposed relocation
site for the villagers of Khan al-Ahmar
The West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar faces the imminent threat of demolition by Israeli forces. The Israeli government plans to transfer the residents against their will to the village of al-Jabel, near the Abu Dis garbage dump.
International observers have joined Palestinians from around the West Bank and Jerusalem to offer support and a protective presence to residents of the village.Read more...
Noble Character Traits and Human Rights
A delegation from Egypt recently visited the U.S. for a week, meeting with civic, religious, and civil society leaders. The visit was part of an ongoing Egyptian-U.S. Dialogue Initiative, organized jointly by Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and our partner in Egypt, the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), among others. The Initiative is an effort to increase contact among people from different strata of society—Muslims and Christians, parliamentarians, journalists, and academics—to create understanding about each other that goes beyond headlines.Read more...