In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the globe and as the struggle against historic and systemic injustice and oppression is revived, the circumstances of Palestinians living under occupation continue to worsen. The threat of Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank is an example of the decades of policies that have denied Palestinians their basic human and civil rights.
This was a webinar conversation with two Palestinian Christian leaders, Rifat Kassis and the Rev. Munther Isaac, as they discussed the current reality, the situation of Palestinian Christians, and the recently-issued “Cry for Hope,” a letter to the world calling for attention and action to challenge injustice and to seek change to which UCC and Disciples leaders have responded.
This webinar took place during the World Council of Churches’ World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel on September 16, 2020Read more
Pillsbury, owned by food-manufacturing-conglomerate General Mills, is known for its cookie dough, cinnamon buns, and other sweet treats. But Pillsbury produces frozen baked goods in a factory in the Atarot Industrial Zone, an illegal Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem. This zone violates international law by exploiting land, water, and other resources that were captured by force from their legal Palestinian owners. This means that General Mills is directly profiting from the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory. In fact, in a recent report, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights highlighted General Mills as one of seven American companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlement activities.Read more
On the 9th of September, the Jerusalem District Court ordered the eviction of the Palestinian family of Nasser Rajabi from their residential property of three apartments in the Batan Al-Hawa neighbourhood of Silwan in Occupied East Jerusalem. There are thirty family members living in these apartments who will soon be facing homelessness, along with eighty other residents in the area. In January the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court ordered the family to leave their property following a lawsuit brought by the Ateret Cohanim Settler Association. The settlers claim the properties belong to the Benvenisti Trust which was set up in the nineteenth century to house Jews fleeing from the Yemen.
Lord, we pray for the dozens of Palestinian families threatened with eviction in East Jerusalem by Jewish settlers supported by the Israeli legal system. We pray that the legal system will stop sowing seeds of injustice by denying the rights of Palestinians to reclaim their properties, while granting historical claims to Jewish settlers. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayers.Read more
For more than a decade, Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip have suffered under a brutal blockade and growing humanitarian crisis. The besieged population, lacking a functioning healthcare system, now faces a health emergency with the arrival of the first of COVID-19 cases among the general population.Read more
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center shares prayers from Palestinian youth along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.Read more
Prayers, minds and hearts across the world were focused on the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel during an online ecumenical gathering hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on September 14.
Reflecting on the week-long theme “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility,” the special service included prayers, songs, and Biblical readings that reflected on the vital importance of realizing peace in the region.Read more
This week, Shoulder to Shoulder marks a decade as an organized interfaith coalition dedicated to addressing anti-Muslim discrimination and violence in the United States. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ are founding members of this coalition.Read more
An online morning prayer hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 14 September will be specially focused on the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, observed this year from 13-21 September.
The theme for the week this year is “Creative Solidarity in Common Fragility.” The WCC is inviting member churches and all people of good will to attend the service online to hear prayers, songs, and Biblical readings that reflect on the vital importance of realizing peace in the region.Read more
This spring, in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would proceed with formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank as early as July 1, CMEP launched its Churches Against Annexation campaign to ensure there was a clear Christian voice opposing annexation. Throughout the summer, CMEP has continued our advocacy with Congressional offices, bringing the voices of supporters along to press Congress to ensure U.S. policy does not provide diplomatic cover for or fund annexation. As of this writing, the Israeli government has not yet proceeded with formal annexation, though Prime Minister Netanyahu recently made clear in an interview that he remains committed to his annexation plans.Read more
Sept. 4, 2020 - The World Council of Churches (WCC), ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) present their condolences to all Lebanese people who lost their loved ones in the catastrophic explosion that ripped through the heart of Beirut on 4 August 2020. We stand in solidarity with the bereaved, the injured, the displaced and the suffering.Read more