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.
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Recent attacks on Israeli citizens by Palestinian teenagers with knives have been widely condemned, while the shooting deaths of dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have received less media attention. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Pax Christi International released statements urging Palestinians and Israelis to deescalate the tensions and work for lasting peace.
This week’s featured articles and links to other articles refer to the current spontaneous strife, particularly in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa compound, and efforts to calm this strife, as well as the oppressive policies of the present right wing government of Israel, the reality of a permanent occupation, and the de-facto existence of One State for all Israelis and Palestinians between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River.
The principal articles of this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on the possible beginnings of another intifada, increasing Palestinian and Israeli violence in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel, Palestinian frustration on the continuing occupation, a call on the United Nations to put the Palestine territory occupied by Israel in 1967 under the international protection of the United Nations the non-implementation of the Oslo Accords, the possible resignation of Mamoud Abbas, and other issues.
The six featured articles of this issue of Middle East Notes cover a number of concerns: President Obama and the leaders of the European Union, with the Iran Nuclear deal now a fact, possibly refocusing on the Israel/Palestine conflict; Israel’s persistent assaults and escalating incursions and violence on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound; the challenges posed by the continuing decrease of secular Jews in Israel; the weakening of AIPAC; and the unrealism of a “One State Solution.”
In a recent letter to Congress, Gerry Lee of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) and more than 400 religious leaders called on the United States to welcome Syrian refugees from all faith traditions.
This week's Middle East Notes focuses on the implications of the success of the Iran Nuclear Agreement on the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as well as the expanding Israeli arms industry and the effect on Israeli exports if the European Parliament follows through will putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements.
Maryknoll, Pax Christi and many other Catholic and Christian groups were deeply involved with the recent efforts to preserve the Iran nuclear agreement.
The six featured articles and links to five other articles in this issue of Middle East Notes focus on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear agreement.
This issue of the Middle East Notes focuses on the background and implications of the Iran nuclear agreement, including analysis on the ascendancy of Iran towards leadership of the Muslim world; the effect of the agreement on Israel; opposition by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli lobby, and the U.S. Republican party; the choice of diplomacy rather than possible war; and other items of interest.
The following statement on the Iranian nuclear program agreement was released on July 16, 2015 by Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement.
A court victory to stop building the separation wall on private Palestinian land has now been undone.
The six featured articles in this issue of Middle East Notes focus on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) recent report on last summer’s fighting between Israel and Hamas, along with support and criticism of the report’s allegations, plus news about efforts to raise Israel's human rights violations at the International Criminal Court, and the release of the U.S. State Department's 2014 report on human rights.