Say Settlements Are Illegal

CMEP calls on the U.S. State Department to say forthrightly now that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. Join us today at!

Presentation and Q&A with Archbishop Elias Chacour

Prophetic and practical, grounded and regal, Israeli and Palestinian, Abuna (Father) Chacour's vision and work for peace and authentic reconciliation resonates with all people who want to see and be a part of communities that want to move forward together for a better future for all.

Abbas Prepares to Address the United Nations

In preparation for his speech during the general debate at the UN General Assembly starting September 24th, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continued to promote his UN Security Council proposal this week. Abbas’ plan would recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 lines and set a timetable for the end of Israel’s occupation. For more click here.

Show "My Neighbourhood" Today!

When does offering a church program on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict get easy? When you have a great 25 minute movie to stream and a guide to help you made the event a great success! Click here to get: discussion helps, printable fact sheet with maps, promotional materials and more!

CMEP to Host President Abbas


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Speak At
Cooper Union Five Days Before UN Address

Public tickets may be available onsite.
CMEP's tickets have been distributed.

Speech will be streamed live at

At the invitation of Churches for Middle East Peace, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will give his first public speech to a general American audience and deliver it for the first time in English, to students and faith leaders at The Cooper Union in New York City, NY.

In discussing his vision of a future Palestinian state and peace between Palestine and Israel, he is expected to cover the following topics:

  • His views on how peace and inter-religious co-existence can flourish in Israel and Palestine with the help of the next generation.
  • Why non-violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.
  • Why terrorism as practiced by Al Qaeda on 9/11 and ISIS is inconsistent with Islam.

WHERE:  Great Hall of The Cooper Union, 7th Street between 3rd & 4th Aves. NYC
WHEN:   6PM, Monday, September 22, 2014

The speech is co-sponsored by The Cooper Union and Churches for Middle East Peace, a non-partisan coalition of national church groups that conducts education and advocacy in support of non-violence and negotiations to end the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.


Join CMEP in calling for the speaking of truth to power!552

CMEP calls on the U.S. State Department to say forthrightly now that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.

The U.S. now must move beyond its usual soft words in public and exercise leadership on an issue that deeply affects the possibility of negotiated agreement to resolve this conflict.

Unilateral action, especially illegal unilateral action, cannot lead to the goal of a negotiated agreement for two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders.

On554 August 31st Israel declared nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land south-west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as Israeli State Land. This land seizure allows for the establishment of a new settlement around Gva’ot.

553 This land is being expropriated from Palestinians living in Surif, Jaba’a and Wadi Fukin. This land is considered a community inheritance that provides land for natural population growth, agriculture and natural areas. The Mayor of Surif stated that the land was currently planted with olive and forest trees. While past negotiations have discussed “land swaps” between Israelis and Palestinians, unilateral action such as this undermines all efforts to negotiate a just and peaceful resolution of this conflict. Unilateral action must be vigorously opposed!

Join CMEP in calling on U.S. leadership to take speak out now so that we may see Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders that give hope to the rights of all people to live in peace and security, free of fears of harassment, oppression, and violence.