Advocacy in Middle East and Europe

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  • YWCA of Palestine: The Palestinian Battle against Coronavirus

    YWCA_125_logo.pngThe Palestinian Battle against Coronavirus: A Fight Exacerbated by the Continued Israeli Occupation

    For decades, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have survived curfews and lockdowns imposed by Israel. This is not a new reality for them. While the whole world is living in quarantine, the Palestinian experience remains unique as they address this global crisis under military occupation.

    Ever since the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank, Israel has shown no intent to give Palestinians a break and ease their fight against this pandemic. Instead, they continue their violations and oppressive practices as usual.

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  • Global Ministries among 14 Christian churches and agencies urging Adminisration to extend relief from sanctions in light of COVID-19

    gm_logo.jpgThis week, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ was one of 14 Christian denominations and agencies to send a letter to President Trump, Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, and Secretary of State Pompeo.  The letter, dated March 25, urged the lifting of US-imposed sanctions on Iran, Syria, and Gaza--sanctions that impede local response to the COVID-19 pandemic and contribute to exacerbating an already dangerous public health crisis for the people who live there.

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  • 3rd Thursday Action Alert: Tell Congress to restore funding to UNRWA and bilateral assistance to Gaza and the West Bank

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgThe Gaza Strip faces a chronic humanitarian crisis, impacting the livelihoods and access to essential services by its two million residents. The United Nations predicted in 2012 that conditions in Gaza would be unlivable by the year 2020 as a result of the Israeli blockade for more than 12 years. This crisis has been driven also by an unsolved internal Palestinian divide. Since March 2018, the crisis has been exacerbated by the massive increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of demonstrations taking place near Israel’s perimeter fence, as well as limited escalations in hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups.

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  • Contact Congress Today: Tell them to stand for peace in Israel/Palestine

    CMEP_logo.jpgThe Trump Administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” proposal, released in late January, is nothing more than a recipe for continued oppression and injustice. Instead of bringing peace, this proposal moves us further away from a future in which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security with full equality for all. 

    Let your members of Congress know they must stand up for peace!

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  • 3rd Thursday Alert: Tell Congress to oppose Pres. Trump’s proposal for Israel/Palestine

    3rd_Thursday_logo.jpgThe Trump administration has released its proposal for the future of Palestine and Israel—a document that would be impossible to call a “peace plan.” The U.S. government has firmly aligned itself with the far right in Israel--supporting Israeli control over all of Jerusalem, Israeli sovereignty over Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley, and the continued isolation of Gaza.

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