On December 8, 2015, eleven faith groups who are members of the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy met with the U.S. Department of State.
Maryknoll and its international affiliates have been engaged in the struggle for peace and justice in the Middle East for many years. We support the work of Muslims, Christians, and Jews around the region who challenge of racism, political and economic inequality, military occupation, and who promote inter-religious dialogue. In Washington D.C., the Office for Global Concerns analyzes issues affecting the Middle East in its cultural and historical contexts so that U.S. citizens and law makers can make informed decisions about foreign policy and better understand this important and diverse region of the world.
Articles, alerts, events
The following article examines the root causes of the devastating water crisis affecting Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
In August 2016, twelve religious and faith-based organizations signed the following statement entitled “Employing Economic Measures as Nonviolent Tools for Justice in the Israeli-Palestinian Context.”
Read about the on praise and criticism of Elie Wiesel, the possibility of imprisoned Marwan Barghouti becoming the next leader of the Palestinians, and much more.
Read about the goals of the BDS movement, the detention and indiscriminate killing of Palestinians, support for murdered Jo Cox, an British Labor Party politician and advocate for Palestinians, and an Icon of Mary as a symbol of Christian Resistance painted along the Separation wall.
Read about the the connection between hate crimes as in Orlando, Florida, electioneering exclusionary programs in the U.S, and the drift in Israel away from representative democracy towards fascism.
Read about new concerns that Israel is moving from occupation to annexation of the West Bank and much more.
Read about the on the Israel/Palestine conflict as both peoples remember the establishment of the state of Israel on the one hand and the Nakba (catastrophe) on the other.
Urge your Congressional representative to sign a letter asking President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children.
The six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on the suffering of the Palestinian people due to the Israeli occupation; two book recommendations; one stating that the U.S. has undermined peace in the Middle East, and the other describing the path of an Israeli Jew to belief in peace between two peoples in the same land; Israeli rejection of the French initiative to convene an international peace conference, ahead of a foreign ministers' summit France has initiated and planned for May 30 in Paris; conflicting reports about the killing of a pregnant Palestinian young woman and her brother as they walked the wrong route while heading to the Qalandia terminal, and links to other articles of interest.