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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Middle East Notes, June 5, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes focus on Pope Francis’ visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel, U.S. responsibility for oppression of Palestinians, “occu-partheid,” struggle for survival in East Jerusalem, continued settlement building as an obstacle to peace, the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty, the unity government of Fatah and Hamas, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, May 22, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes highlights concerns about the ending yet necessity of peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, security preparations for the Pope’s visit, hate crimes and “price tag” operations, responses and reactions to the possibility of a Fatah/Hamas Palestinian government, reflections on Israel’s Independence Day, the Nakba, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, May 8, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes focus on responses and reactions to the unity arrangement between Fatah and Hamas, the collapse of the peace negotiations and Israel’s role in that collapse, Kerry’s use of the apartheid word in regards to Israel, implications of Israel as a “bi-national” state, objections to Netanyahu’s move to make Israel the national homeland of the Jewish people, “price tag” terrorism by Jewish settlers, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, April 17, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes focus on the faltering Israeli/Palestinian negotiations, Kerry’s frustration, Israeli government obstacles, Abbas’ signing 15 UN documents, U.S. failure in using leverage to encourage fruitful negotiations, call for boycott of products from “illegal” Israeli settlements, increased settlement expansion, and the need for clear U.S. position statements on settlements, Palestinian incitement, the Jewishness of Israel, Israeli security, the terms for a peace accord, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, April 3, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes gives attention to peace negotiations in process between Israelis and Palestinians, the controversy over recognition of the “Jewish State of Israel,” the impossibility of a bi-national State of Israel, statements from the UN on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and recent UN Human Rights Council resolutions voted against by the U.S., the "Judaization" of Jerusalem and the West Bank, the use of boycotts to demand justice for the Palestinians, and other issues.

Middle East Notes March 20, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes gives attention to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, D.C., President Obama’s interview with Jeffery Goldberg, the AIPAC Conference, the debate about the effectiveness of BDS, the possible failure of the Kerry Peace Plan, the proposed visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, links to talks given at the National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship,” recently held in Washington, D.C., and other issues.

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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.