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
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.
Thank the members of Congress who signed a letter calling for Leahy Law’s application to Israel and Egypt.
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.
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.”