Middle East


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


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


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?


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

Learn the stories of young Palestinians and Israelis like Mohammed and Omar, who are working courageously for a more just and nonviolent future, through Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach’s latest article in PeaceSigns.  

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach updates on the Syrian crisis in the latest Mennonite World Review. “On a recent visit to Lebanon, many Syrians expressed their strong desire for peace and a longing to return home. Citing a history of living together as various ethnic and religious groups, they said Syrians could work things out with one…

Read more Syria’s faces of war

In the latest Third Way Cafe, Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach looks at some initial steps toward building bridges between Iran and others in the international community. Read her article here and urge your Members of Congress to support a diplomatic resolution with Iran.