With experts from leading humanitarian and development organization, Oxfam and Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). The war in Yemen is responsible for the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today with the UN estimating nearly 12 million people–half the population– are at risk for famine. Yemen is also facing the world’s largest cholera outbreak, with over one million reported cases.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, CMEP’s Executive Director, hosts a webinar conversation with Brad Parker and Farah Bayadsi from Defense for Children International-Palestine. This webinar is part of CMEP’s Summer 2018 Campaign, Document Detention, to raise awareness on issues of child justice and the mistreatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. More info available here.
Kyle Cristofalo, CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, hosts a webinar interview with Elizabeth Campbell, the US. Director of UNRWA. Elizabeth provided an introduction to UNRWA services and an update on the funding crisis after the U.S. announced it would freeze U.S. aid to the agency by 83%. They also discussed what’s next for Palestinian refugees and UNRWA. More info available here.
Lent 2018 Webinar Series [2/13/18, 2/14/18, & 2/15/18]
Join CMEP’s Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon as she interviews three special guests throughout February about the numerous issues related to President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Three Middle East experts will discuss current realities on the ground in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the broader area; geopolitical perspectives inherent to the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem and plan to move the Embassy; and challenges to the peace process that have arisen from their decision. More info available here.
Choosing Hope: Christian Leaders Speak about Realities this Advent [12/12/2017]
Watch Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Rev. Najla Kassab, President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and ordained minister in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and Fr. Dr. Michel Jalakh, Secretary General of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and President at the Antonine University in Lebanon, in conversation with CMEP’s Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, discussing the current realities faced by Christians living in the Holy Land. Click here for more information and speakers’ bios
Nonviolent Resistance in Israel/Palestine: A Conversation with Issa Amro [11/02/2017]
Watch CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations Kyle Cristofalo for a conversation with human rights defender Issa Amro as they discuss Amro’s nonviolent activism, upcoming trial, the challenges of life in Hebron, and the role of youth in peace activism. Read a transcript of their conversation HERE
Pilgrimage to Peace P2P with Daoud Nassar & Tent of Nations [10/23/2017]
Watch Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of CMEP as she hosts a conversation with Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations near Bethlehem about daily living, human rights concerns, and peacebuilding. We advocate for peace, security, freedom, and dignity for all the people of the Holy Land.
Israel Anti-Boycott Act Explained [09/19/2017]
Since its introduction, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act has raised many concerns. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has said the Israel Anti-Boycott Act “would criminalize constitutionally protected boycotts and certain speech targeting Israel.” Watch Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, in conversation with CMEP’s Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon as they provide analysis of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the concerns it raises, and opportunities for you to oppose the legislation.
How Do We Fund Peace? Experts Discuss the International Fund Model [08/24/2017]
Learn about the possibility of an International Fund for Israel and Palestine in the method of the “International Fund for Ireland” from individuals working to make it a reality. The panel of speakers features: Joel Braunold, Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace; Fr. Josh Thomas, International Executive Director of Kids4Peace; and Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Director of Rethinking Conflict with Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, CMEP’s Executive Director moderating.
Gaza: Working Toward a Better Future [07/24/2017]
Gaza Field Manager for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Bassam Nasser, speaks with CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Kyle Cristofalo, about CRS’ work in Gaza providing emergency relief to the most vulnerable. Nasser also discusses his hope for a better future and steps to take to help move toward a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Growing Up In Gaza [07/18/2017]
Fulbright Scholar Oday Abdaljawwad speaks with CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon about growing up in Gaza and the unique challenges the ongoing humanitarian crisis places on children. Abdaljawwad was a Development and Advocacy Intern with CMEP at the time of filming.
Gaza: Searching for Light [03/28/2017]
In 2014 Gaza’s main power plant sustained severe damage as a result of the Gaza War. Three years later the power plant remains mostly inactive. Today, most Gazans live in the dark for as many as 21 hours every day. Learn about the current realities of life in Gaza and where there might be opportunities for hope.
Hand On The Switch, A Conversation About Gaza with Gisha [03/09/2017]
Hear Tania Hary, Executive Director of the Israeli human rights organization Gisha, and Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, recently returned from Gaza, engage in a conversation on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Learn about the current realities of Palestinian life in Gaza where most Gazans live in the dark for as many as 21 hours every day.
Pilgrimage to Peace [03/08/2017]
Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace as she hosts a conversation with Christians Sharona Weiss from Jerusalem & Shadia Qubti from Nazareth about daily living, human rights concerns, and peace building.
Prospects for Peace: Obama’s Last Stand and Opportunities in the New Administration [02/10/2017]
In this CMEP webinar, Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon talks with Lara Friedman (Americans for Peace Now), Matthew Duss (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Dr. James Zogby (Arab American Institute) about what Obama could do before the inauguration and what to expect during a Trump presidency.