Middle East


Today, MCC U.S. joined 14 other Christian organizations in sending a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the Trump administration. The paper urges Congress and the administration “to take actions which will enhance the prospects for peace, justice, and equality in Israel and Palestine, and refrain from actions that would harm those…

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	The Ofer Penitentiary (middle ground) and checkpoint on Highway 443 (in the distance) outside of Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine. "This [Israeli occupation] is one of the most sophisticated racist systems you can think of," says Jamal Jum'a, coordinator for Stop the Wall, an MCC partner in Ramallah. "It is so important that people hear what is going on. they may not like it, but they need to hear. It is so obvious."
	(MCC Photo/Lowell Brown)

After months of speculation about a United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, everyone assumed it was no longer in the works when the Security Council seemed to wrap up its work before Christmas. But suddenly, there was a flurry of activity and on Dec. 23, New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, Venezuela and Egypt sponsored…

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At this time of year the hearts and minds of many Christians turn toward the “little town” of Bethlehem. Bethlehem still exists today as a Palestinian city in the West Bank, under Israeli military occupation. But recently the little “town” of Amona has been getting more attention. Amona is an “outpost,” housing about 40 families…

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian youth in Jabel Mukaber, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as they search for Palestinian activists who apparently threw firebombs at the police following heavy clashes, on September 18, 2015. Israeli authorities started building a wall there to create a buffer for an adjacent Jewish neighbourhood where "there is a history of stone and firebomb throwing at Jewish homes and cars," according to the municipality. Concrete blocks and partitions have been set up around the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber, which came under the spotlight earlier this month when police said the killers of three Israelis were residents of the area. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

In the documentary “Detaining Dreams,” Abed, a 15-year-old Palestinian, tells how he was arrested by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint in his home while sleeping and then was taken away, handcuffed and blindfolded. While in detention he was beaten, interrogated and placed in solitary confinement before eventually being released on bail. Abed’s story is not unique.…

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Scenery of northern Iraq in spring time

When I visited the Middle East last year, I was surprised to hear many people say that the United States created the Islamic State group and continues to support it. At first glance, the statement seems ridiculous. Out of all the lively debates about Middle East policy here in Washington, D.C., public officials agree on…

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