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Current Action Alerts
Tell Congress: Stand for Peace in Israel/Palestine
The Trump Administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” proposal, released in late January, is nothing more than a recipe for continued oppression and injustice. Instead of bringing peace, this proposal moves us further away from a future in which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security with full equality for all.
Learn more and take action here
Tell Your Representative: Stand Up For the Right to Boycott
Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and John Lewis have introduced a resolution affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad. Let us encourage your representatives to join them in standing up for our civil liberties by cosponsoring H.Res 496!
Learn more and take action here.
Tell Congress: Take Action and Support Palestinian Children’s Human Rights!
Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) introduced legislation to prohibit U.S. protect Palestinian children detained in Israel’s military court system from human rights abuses. H.R. 2407, “The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living under Israeli Occupation Act,” amends a portion of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, known as the Leahy Law, to prohibit any U.S. foreign aid dollars from contributing to “the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.”
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Previous Action Alerts
Tell Congress: Say No to War with Iran
The assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the military commander of Iran’s Quds Force by the U.S. on January 2, has significantly increased tensions with Iran, opening up the very real possibility of war. A war with Iran would only further destabilize the region and lead to the deaths of countless people. Right now, your elected officials need to hear loudly and clearly that Congress must do everything in its power to prevent war with Iran.
Tell Congress: Attend H.R. 2407 Briefing on November 20, 2019
On November 20, the International Day of the Child, Rep. McCollum and Christian leaders from different denominations will gather in support of H.R. 2407 from 10:30-11:30am at a briefing in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC Room 200) The briefing will include remarks from Congresswoman McCollum, Christian representatives, and feature the release of a letter in support of H.R. 2407. As your members of Congress to attend this briefing or send a staff person in their place.
Tell Congress: This August Support Palestinian Children and Cosponsor HR 2407!
Right now, members of Congress are home for the August legislative recess. During this time, they’ll hold town halls, talk to constituents, and decide on their legislative priorities for the rest of the year. Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) has introduced legislation to protect Palestinian children detained in Israel’s military court system from human rights abuses. Encourage your representatives to join her in standing up for Palestinian children and cosponsoring H.R. 2407. Currently, the legislation has only been introduced in the house; please also consider asking your senators to introduce companion legislation.
Tell Congress: Amend the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act so that Palestinians Can Continue to Receive Humanitarian Aid
When President Trump signed the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) in October 2018, legal experts warned that it would effectively terminate all U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories, putting the lives of the most vulnerable Palestinians at risk and jeopardizing regional security. The Palestinian Authorities’ announcement in January that the new conditions imposed by the ATCA made them unable to accept U.S. humanitarian aid confirms these dire predictions.
Tell Congress: Attend Congressional Briefing on the impact of cutting of humanitarian funding for Palestinians
In August, the Trump Administration announced its decision to reprogram over $200 million in aid appropriated by Congress for the Palestinian people. Concurrently, the President announced the suspension of all U.S. funding for UNRWA, the UN agency which provides emergency food, education, and medical services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees. Leading humanitarian, policy, and religious experts will discuss the devastating impact of the funding cuts on Palestinians. They will also discuss steps Congress can take to support a just and comprehensive end to the conflict in Israel-Palestine.
Tell Congress: The Administration Must Stand Up for the Christian Community in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
In February, the Israeli Knesset first considered legislation that would allow for state expropriation of Church lands. After intense outcry, including the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in protest, and a letter from eighteen U.S. religious leaders, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a hold on the legislation and appointed Minister Tzachi Hanegbi to work with all parties, including Church leaders to work toward a solution. After a meeting with Minister Hanegbi in mid September, Church leaders in Jerusalem were stunned to see the legislation once again under consideration in the Knesset.
Tell Congress: Pressure the Administration to Immediately Restore Critical Humanitarian Assistance to Palestinians
The Trump Administration recently announced its intention to withhold more than $500 million dollars in aid to the Palestinian people through cuts to USAID funded programs in the West Bank and Gaza and a complete end to US funds to UNRWA. These cuts will have a devastating impact on the region, including the most vulnerable Palestinians who rely on the congressionally appropriated funds to receive emergency food assistance, medical services, education, and access to clean water.
Tell Congress: The Administration’s Peace Plan Must Address the Needs of Palestinians and Israelis
The Trump Administration is preparing to release its long-anticipated peace plan for Israel and Palestine. While little is known about the details of this plan, it is clear that Palestinians do not have a seat at the table. The Administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as its current attempt to use humanitarian aid as a bargaining chip, indicate that this deal will not address the needs and realities of Palestinians.
Tell Congress: Pressure the Administration to Lift the Review on Humanitarian Aid
Earlier this year, the Trump Administration placed a freeze on all aid to the West Bank and Gaza pending an administrative review. This decision accompanies threats of serious cuts to the level of future economic assistance, as well as the denial of funding that has already been appropriated. As of May 2018, the Administration has failed to obligate the promised economic assistance for Palestine for both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.
Tell Congress: Stand with the People of Gaza
On Friday, March 30 and continuing over the weekend, 30,000 Palestinians participated in demonstrations along the Gaza fence in observance of “Land Day,”: a nonviolent act of political protest commemorating the death of six Palestinians during the general strike of 1976. In response, Israel used live fire to suppress unarmed protest resulting in 18 fatalities and at least 1,400 casualties. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly denounces the use of violence and grieves for all those who were killed and injured.
Tell Congress: Support a Shared Jerusalem
On December 6, 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in preparation for moving the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. During his address to the Israeli Knesset on January 22, Vice President Pence announced that this move will be completed by the end of 2019. This decision goes against 70 years of U.S. foreign policy consensus that the embassy should remain in Tel Aviv. Relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem constitutes a grave threat to future peace by legitimizing Israel’s claims to East Jerusalem. CMEP supports a negotiated settlement agreement agreed upon by Israelis and Palestinians: a shared Jerusalem with West Jerusalem serving as the Israeli capital and East Jerusalem serving as the Palestinian capital.
Tell Congress: Protect Aid to Palestinian Refugees
Since its inception, the US has been a strong financial supporter of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the sole UN agency working with Palestinian refugees. In 2017, the United States provided over $350 million dollars in support. However, in January 2018, the U.S. announced it would decrease funding to UNRWA by 83%. This announcement followed a recent decision made by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Central Council to consider the Oslo Peace Accord no longer valid and their intention to suspend their recognition of the state of Israel. Even prior to this decision, the U.S. Administration threatened to cut US aid to the Palestinian people.
Tell Congress: Jerusalem is a Final Status Issue!
President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced his intention to begin preparations for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital constitutes a grave threat to future peace. Stand with the people of the Holy Land – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim – in pursuit of lasting peace. Tell Congress that the occupation of East Jerusalem must end and remind your Members that Jerusalem is a final status issue and its boundaries must be determined within a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children
Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced legislation to promote the human rights of Palestinian children! Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly endorses Rep. Betty McCollum’s Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. In order for the U.S. to play a constructive role in bringing about a comprehensive and sustainable end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we must ensure we are not supporting the continued trauma inflicted on Palestinian youth entangled in the Israeli military detention system.