Middle East

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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

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by Jessy Hampton, Advocacy and Learning Tour Assistant, MCC Palestine and Israel While the second 72-hour ceasefire began in Gaza, several of my colleagues and I toured sections of the separation wall in the Ramallah area of the West Bank, led by Jamal Juma, executive director of Stop the Wall, an MCC partner organization. Despite living…

Read more Even in times of “peace,” the occupation continues

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Today MCC U.S. joined 10 other Christian organizations and churches in calling for an immediate end to the violence–as well as its underlying causes–in Palestine and Israel. The letter states: As the situation continues to deteriorate, and horrendous death and destruction mount in Gaza, we are called by conscience to say, “Enough.” Sadly, the scenes that…

Read more MCC U.S. joins call to halt violence in Gaza

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Rather than ending military solutions to conflicts in the Middle East, the U.S. is seeking to step up its military involvement again. In the latest Third Way Café, Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach reports: “…[S]ignificant numbers of U.S. weapons are now in the hands of the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIS) after their takeover of…

Read more When will they ever learn?

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On May 29, returning from a regional staff retreat in Spain, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) service worker Rachelle Friesen of Winnipeg, Man., Canada, was detained by Israeli authorities at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. After more than 30 hours of detention, including three sessions of interrogation, Friesen was deported back to the origin of her…

Read more Deportation of MCC service worker a sign of ongoing efforts to work for justice for all