Middle East

Dreamers, border walls and the budget To keep the government running past Thursday, Congress will need to find agreement on several issues including how to protect nearly 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation. To end a government shutdown last month, Senate leaders promised to allow a vote on Dreamer legislation by February 8. A White House proposalincludes…

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  “We are human beings. We need the right to live,” a Syrian Palestinian family told me when I visited Lebanon several years ago. The family was receiving a food voucher from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) that helped them buy basic items like rice, oil and bread. Unable to work legally in Lebanon, the family…

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President Trump’s announcement earlier this week that the U.S. officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, without any corresponding acknowledgment of the city’s significance for Palestinians, is dismaying and will set back the already-struggling efforts for peace in the region. Palestinian Christian leaders in Jerusalem caution that “such steps will yield increased hatred, conflict,…

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New legislation addresses detention of Palestinian children Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months. Unfortunately Jarrah’s story is not unusual. Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject…

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Last winter Rafee, his wife and sons received heating fuel through a program supported by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Syria. In 2015, their hometown had been attacked by ISIS, and eventually the family fled to another village. There they struggled to pay for rent and medication, so they were grateful for the fuel assistance…

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The MCC Washington Office recently hosted members of our new network of “volunteer advocacy coordinators” in D.C. for training, networking and advocacy. The network is an effort to increase advocacy throughout the U.S. through engagement with the Washington Office. Coordinators represent the states of California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. During their time…

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