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 six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on Israel’s influence on the United States, call for boycott of illegal settlements in Palestine, and much more.
Read the latest articles on the state of Palestinian children, criticism of AIPAC and the speeches of presidential candidates to AIPAC members, the need for President Obama to outline a path to peace, the need to lift the siege of Gaza, and the recent Pew Research Center poll of Israel citizens' attitudes.
Let your members of Congress know that you support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.
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.
On February 23, the mayor of Wadi Foquin, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, spoke at a congressional briefing on the living conditions for the residents. He and other speakers appealed to the U.S. Congress to put pressure on Israel to halt the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank.
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.
Urge your members of Congress to attend this important briefing on the effects of the Israeli occupation on ordinary people.
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.
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.
Urge Congress to support peace, not settlements, by NOT co-sponsoring H.R. 567, a resolution to label products made in the occupied territories as "Made in Israel."
Call 1-888-897-9753 to tell your Senator not to shut down the U.S. resettlement program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Since the riots on the Temple Mount in mid-September, seemingly random street violence has spiked. Israeli forces have responded with harsh crackdowns.
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.
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.”