Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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Middle East

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.

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Articles, alerts, events

Dome of the Rock, Jeruselem

Middle East Notes, March 10, 2016

The six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes highlight increasing criticism of and disillusionment with the Israeli leadership’s repressive policies towards the Palestinians by both younger and older U.S. Jews, questions about U.S. military aid being used for settlements, greater involvement of European countries in the two-state process, Israeli response to deepening despair in Gaza with indication of approaching violence, and other important issues.

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

Middle East Notes, February 25, 2015

This issue of the Middle East Notes focuses on the continued occupation/annexation/settlement expansion of and in land that would have been a future Palestinian state, the violent response of Palestinian youth, the apartheid “citizen rights” of Palestinians, the sabotaging of the peace process, the unnecessary U.S. multi-billion dollar support of a wealthy Israel, and the inevitability of another Gaza Hamas Israel war.

Dome of the Rock

Middle East Notes, February 11, 2016

The six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on the increasing civilian suffering due to the Gaza blockade, Ban Ki-moon for his criticism of Israeli occupation and settlement-building, the failure yet the continuing need of the two-state solution or something like it, the hopelessness effect of military rule on Palestinian youth, and other issues.

Jerusalem Dome of the Rock

Middle East Notes, January 28, 2016

The six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on the growing involvement of the European Union in resolving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the execution of teenagers with knives or scissors without trial or discussion, unchecked Israeli vigilantism on the West Bank, the silence of U.S. Jewish organizations on Israeli “il-liberalism,” the growing de-legitimization of Israel due to the occupation and apartheid policies, and Israeli government attempts to silence internal and external opposition to the occupation.

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

Middle East Notes, December 31, 2015

This issue of Middle East Notes highlights the challenge of Jewish extremists to the future of Israel, the continuing support of Israel by the U.S. despite fears of its becoming a “unitary state” impossible to function, deteriorating global support for and criticism of occupation actions, reactions to the “breaking the silence” movement, and signs of weakening support of the occupation by some U.S. evangelical Christians.

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Scripture reflections

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

August 27, 2017

Maryknoll Sister Jean Fallon lived and worked on mission in Japan. “Living and working in a non-Christian milieu is very different from what Missioners might expect, say, in Latin America,” Sister Jean said. “The New Testament, however, brings insights to us all that are ever-new, ever deepening our faith and ever giving life to everyone.”

Easter Sunday

March 31, 2013

Fr. Jack Sullivan spent much of his mission life in Hong Kong; he has spent the last few years volunteering for the Global Concerns office on Israel-Palestine issues.