Tell your members of Congress you want them to support peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Background: Many advocates urged President Obama in his final weeks in office to take firm action to stop Israeli settlements, which are prohibited by international law. On December 23, the United States abstained from a vote on UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334 which called for a halt to Israel’s settlement activity. The resolution passed unanimously.
Rather than supporting the U.S. action, in early January the House passed a resolution objecting to the UNSC resolution, and the Senate has a similar resolution in the works. In addition, the “Safeguard Israel Act” in the Senate would stop U.S. contributions to the UN until UNSC 2334 is repealed.
A number of initiatives are also underway in Congress to support moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move the new Trump administration supports. Outside a comprehensive peace agreement, such a unilateral move by the U.S. could be dangerous. A presidential waiver has allowed each new president to stop this move from taking place, but new efforts in Congress would remove the waiver, paving the way for the U.S. embassy to be relocated.
Faith reflection: “All people are created in God’s image. In God’s kingdom inaugurated in Jesus, none are elevated above others or granted privileges at others’ expense.” –From MCC and Palestine and Israel: Commonly asked questions
Action: Contact your senators and representative and let them know you want them to support, not take actions to undermine, peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
* Welcoming immigrants and refugees
Also this week, making the news and of concern to Middle East advocates, is President Trump’s executive actions impacting immigrants and refugees, from Syria, Iraq and around the world.
Alert written January 25, 2017 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director. Adapted from text prepared by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, of which the MCC U.S. Washington Office is a member.
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