Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Call on Congress to put an end to Israel’s demolition of Palestinian villages. Keep Khan al-Ahmar standing!

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpg“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.

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  • 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.

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  • CMEP Action Alert: Tell Congress to Pressure the Administration to Lift the Review on Humanitarian Aid

    CMEP_logo.jpgIn January, the Trump Administration placed a freeze on all aid to the West Bank and Gaza pending an administrative review. In addition to threatening the disbursement of future humanitarian aid, the Administration is continuing to withhold two years’ worth of funding for aid that has already been approved by Congress. Without this promised financial assistance, USAID and the NGOs it supports will be unable to continue providing economic and humanitarian aid in Gaza and the West Bank. 

    Take Action Here! Tell Congress to demand that the Administration unfreeze humanitarian aid for the West Bank and Gaza.

     

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Call on Congress to support Palestinian children

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgCall on your members of Congress to take two actions in support of Palestinian children. Ask them to urge full funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and ask them to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.  Both are actions supported by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ through letters and resolutions.

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  • JAI Action Alert: Ongoing Nakba at 70

    JAI.pngThe residents of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiram, who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, lost their battle with Israel to receive recognition for their village so they could receive water and electricity and have paved road. Not only did they lose this battle but they were coersed into signing  an agreement with the State to evacuate to a nearby town. This will be their second Nakba because the Jahahlin were evicted already from the Naquab (Negev) in 1951. Their village, just a few kilometers from Jerusalem, and across route 60 from the ever expanding settlement of Male Addum,im and Kfar Addumim, will be demolished and a new town for religious Jews, called Hiran, will be built in its place.

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