Middle East

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Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off, according to a report issued earlier this week by 46 aid agencies, including Mennonite Central Committee. An estimated 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools. The report’s main recommendations are: End the cycle…

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Ron Byler of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman of Mennonite Church USA joined other Christian leaders in a full-page ad in Roll Call yesterday, expressing support for the framework agreement with Iran. As Christian leaders in the United States, we welcome and support the Framework Agreement, announced by seven nations on April 2, to dramatically…

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By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach Middle East watchers are closely following the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program involving the U.S. and five other nations. The goal is to reach a framework agreement by the end of March, with a final agreement by the end of June. Facing pressure to oppose the talks, many in Congress are…

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J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., joined other faith leaders this week in urging the U.S. government to address root causes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The letter states: This week marks two significant anniversaries that should cause us to reflect on events that have contributed to the current…

Read more Address root causes of violence in Syria and Iraq: Faith leaders to President Obama

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MCC U.S. sent a letter to President Obama addressing the situation in Iraq and Syria, expressing “our deep concern over continued airstrikes against so-called Islamic State (IS militants).” The letter notes MCC’s work in the region and urges the U.S. government to address political and social grievances in Iraq and Syria, engage in regional diplomacy,…

Read more MCC U.S. calls for “sustained and energetic diplomacy” on Iraq and Syria

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Marching for action on climate change Several dozen Mennonites joined the estimated 400,000 people who walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Two days later, world leaders met to discuss what actions they will take to address climate change. There is renewed energy for working toward a new…

Read more E-Memo: October 6, 2014

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On Tuesday MCC U.S. and other organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the U.S. government to take immediate action to stop the forced transfer of Palestinian Bedouins living in Area C of the occupied West Bank. In September, Israel published six spatial plans to forcibly transfer Palestinian Bedouins from their communities…

Read more MCC U.S. and others raise concern about plan for forcible transfer of Bedouin communities