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.
Current Advocacy Issues
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. Learn more about the importance of peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine.
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. Learn more about the Status Quo in Jerusalem.
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. Learn more about the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Settlements and 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. Learn more about U.S. policy on settlements.
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. Learn more about the experiences of children in the Israeli military court system.
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. Learn more about how the Separation Barrier impacts Palestinian movement.
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. Learn more about Egypt’s pivotal role in the region.
Yemen: A relatively new country within the political landscape of the Middle East that 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. Learn more about the conflict in Yemen.