Articles

On Jerusalem

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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Washington E-Memo

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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Portfolios

Urge President Trump and members of Congress to protect women and children from Central America

Action: Send a letter to President Trump and your members of Congress urging them to ensure that the federal government response to mothers and children seeking safety in the U.S. is compassionate and humane. Background: In recent years, there has been an increase in mothers with children – and teenagers traveling without family – coming…

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Urge Congress to support an end to the Gaza blockade and Palestinian unity efforts

Ask Congress to support an end to the Gaza blockade and to provide U.S. diplomatic support for the reconciliation process between Palestinian factions. Background: Last week the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas authorities in Gaza signed a reconciliation deal to end the decade of division between the two groups. The new agreement is…

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Urge Congress: Support peace, justice and equality in Palestine and Israel

Last month 15 Christian organizations, including MCC U.S., sent a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the White House calling for U.S. policies that promote peace, justice and equality for Israelis and Palestinians. The paper states, “Regardless of the underlying political governance structures, equal rights and opportunities must be assured for all…

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