Issues

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) invites you to become advocates for just US policies in the Middle East by encouraging your representatives in Washington to pursue holistic peacebuilding efforts, provide humanitarian aid and economic assistance, and promote human rights in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and the broader region. While this may seem like a daunting task, we wish to provide you with the resources that you will need to become effective voices for peace. You can learn about the issues facing the Middle East–both the background and current realities–by visiting the pages below. While these issues are categorized, we are aware that these issues can easily fall into multiple categories. Please check back periodically as we continue to make updates.  


CMEP Staff have compiled the following document in the days since the Hamas and Israel war began on Saturday morning, October 7, 2023. It outlines the unfolding of the war, names issues, provides a summary of key events, links to related statements written by and/or endorsed by CMEP, and additional biography of resources. Click here for the full document.


Hamas and Israel War

CMEP Staff have compiled the following document in the days since the Hamas and Israel war began on Saturday morning, October 7, 2023. It outlines the unfolding of the war, names issues, provides a summary of key events, links to related statements written by and/or endorsed by CMEP, and additional biography of resources. Click here for the full document.


Holistic Peacebuilding

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict is quickly approaching its one hundredth year.  A just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would not only serve the cause of peace and justice in the Holy Land but also promote peace in the broader Middle East region in general.

Jerusalem

Sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, assuring access to the Holy Sites for all three faiths.


Humanitarian Aid & Economic Assistance

Gaza

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires humanitarian assistance and commitment to equitable development from the United States and other nations in order to foster reform and contribute to building a thriving civil society for Palestinians.


Human Rights

Annexation

Israel is considering whether to annex large parts of the West Bank with the U.S. government supporting and coordinating the annexation. What does this mean? How will this impact the daily lives of Palestinians and the prospect for peace?

Settlements & Displacement

The existence and continuing expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands increasingly dims the hopes and realistic prospects for a two-state solution and is a major threat to peace.

Child Detention in the West Bank

Every year between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are tried in the West Bank under Israeli military law. Ensuring that minors receive treatment in accordance with the needs of their age within criminal justice systems is a widely accepted principal of international law.

Separation Barrier

In 2003 Israel announced the construction of a barrier to separate Israel from the West Bank. Only 15 percent follows the 1949 Green Line. Because its route does not exactly follow the ceasefire line, its construction is a violation of international law.

Water Insecurity

The water available for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza is well below the World Health Organization’s recommended 100 liters per person per day, which contributes to inequality and lack of development.


Broader Middle East

Oman

Often thought of as “the Switzerland of the Middle East,” Oman favors pragmatic policies and relationship-building to promote peace.

Yemen

This relatively new country within the political landscape of the Middle East has faced enormous economic and political challenges since its unification in 1990. As the civil war in Yemen has increasingly been depicted as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has taken a strategic interest in the conflict.

Jordan

Not only has Jordan played a seminal role as a peacemaker in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, but has also made significant strides in interfaith dialogue.

Egypt

Home to the largest Christian minority in the Middle East and bordering both Israel and Gaza, Egypt is vital to both the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and interfaith relations.

Israel

Israeli society is both ethnically and religiously diverse. Learn about this country and the challenges it faces culturally, religiously, and regionally.

Armenia

Known as the Cradle of Christianity and the oldest Christian nation, the recent history of this country and its people has been one of genocide and displacement.