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Noteworthy News in 2016
United Methodist regional bodies oppose "anti-BDS" legislation – September 2016
UMKR questions Israeli crackdown on humanitarian aid – August 2016
Congressional Briefing on the impact of Settlement Expansion - February 2016
United Methodist Pension Fund Excludes and Divests from Israeli Banks - January 2016
Noteworthy News in 2015 & earlier
UMKR celebrates Boycott Success in Palestinian Territories - October 2015
Read the press release
Eight United Methodist annual conferences vote for divestment in 2015
See the press release
UMKR welcomes new UM investment fund, while noting problems - January 2015
See the press release
Landmark action: United Methodist Pension board divests from G4S - June 2014
See the press release.
Throughout the church, the call is growing for the UMC to cut its financial ties to the Israeli occupation that it has long opposed Learn more
News & Views
Palestinian Missionary to
UMC Leaders: "You need to
do more for justice in the
Holy Land" See the letter
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine - Michelle Alexander, The NY Times, 20 Jan 2019
Author of the "The New Jim Crow" compares Martin Luther King's controversial opposition to the Vietnam War to the current issues surrounding support for Palestinian rights, especially when African Americans take a stand. Describing the changes and challenges in the U.S. public debate - with a mention of the United Methodist Church's divestment from Israeli banks – Alexander identifies Palestinian rights as a cause she cannot ignore in 2019. See the editorial
Changing U.S. Policy
It is time for a change in U.S. policies regarding Israel/Palestine. Find out how UMKR and allies are making an impact in Washington & get involved. Learn more
Worship & Devotional Resources
Enrich your spiritual connection to the cause of justice in the Holy Land, with diverse materials for congregations & personal devotions. See the resources
UMKR 2018 Resolutions &
Resources: children's rights, the right to boycott, new UMC invest-ment funds, & more Use them
Noteworthy News in 2017
Reflections of a United Methodist Missionary
Janet Lahr Lewis reflects on her time as a missionary in Israel and Palestine. Read the article
United Methodists in U.S. defend the right to boycott and divest Twenty-three resolutions adopted in fifteen annual conferences in 2017, on a wide range of issues related to Israel/Palestine See the press release
UMKR welcomes new UMC investment fund: Equities Social Values Plus Fund See the press release
UMKR Calls for Boycott of HP Products Learn more
15 Christian organizations send a Briefing Paper on Israel/Palestine to the Trump Administration and the U.S. Congress. See the paper
12 UMC Holy Land Missionaries Publish Open Letter to Donald Trump: "Don't move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem." See the press release
Palestinian Pastor Sends Open Letter to UK Prime Minister Recalling the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Rev. Alex Awad calls on PM for a new path for Britain regarding Israel/Palestine See the letter
UMKR Prepares 6 New Resolutions for 2017 Conferences See and download the resolutions
FOSNA Lenten Study for 2017 added to UMKR Worship Resources See and download it
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Palestinian Christians have called on us to help end the Israeli occupation. Discover the document that is mobilizing Christians around the world! Read it
UMKR Condemns Israel's
Response to the Great March of Return 2018
Prepare for peacemaking by learning the basics: the history of this conflict and the real situation today. We have some easy ways to get started. Learn more
Is It Apartheid?
Find out what an international team of legal scholars - commissioned by the South African government - said about the Israeli occupation. See the answer
Be more than a tourist in the Holy Land. See remarkable tours that will show you biblical history and introduce you to the people of the land. Learn more
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Michelle Alexander, The NY Times
January 2019 – Author of the "The New Jim Crow" compares Martin Luther King's controversial opposition to the Vietnam War to the current issues surrounding support for Palestinian rights, especially when African Americans take a stand. Describing the changes and challenges in the U.S. public debate - with a mention of the United Methodist Church's divestment from Israeli banks – Alexander identifies Palestinian rights as a cause she cannot ignore in 2019. See the editorial
Ecumenical Statement from 16 Christian Leaders:
Current U.S. Policy, Israel/Palestine, and the Churches
Nov 2018 – This statement was sent to all members of the U.S. Congress, as well as to the White House. It addresses the disturbing shifts in U.S. policy regarding Israel/Palestine during the Trump Administration. See the statement
UMKR & LYNC: We Are Stronger Together
October 2018 – UMKR has taken an important step in the vital work of intersectional justice by joining the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) in the United Methodist Church. Read more about this action
Seminal Conference of 2018 Makes Clear: The Future of Justice Activism Is Intersectional
October 2018 –The September USCPR national conference, Together We Rise, brought together the most diverse lineup of presenters yet seen in the movement for Palestinian rights, put remarkable women in the limelight, and unmistakably set the intersectional path for the movement's future.
October 2018 – See the report
FOSNA Conference Empowers Faith-Based Organizing
October 2018 – FOSNA’s gathering in St Paul MN just before the national USCPR conference brought together over 100 leaders and activists from across the United States who, along with a racially diverse lineup of presenters, came together to explore how to strengthen local and national organizing for Palestine, with an appropriate and strong focus on church activism. See the report
Reaching Evangelical Christians in the Bible Belt
Oct 2018 – UMKR provided multi-faceted support for the first-ever Christ at the Checkpoint conference in the United States, which featured an impressive lineup of speakers from Palestine and across the U.S. and, like similar conferences in Bethlehem, focused on reaching evangelical Christians and refuting the theology of Christian Zionism. See the report
LYNC Convo Includes Call to Palestinian Solidarity
The national gathering of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition focused strongly on the upcoming 2019 Special General Conference, with diverse views of the proposed plans for the future of the UMC. Two dozen workshops in that weekend included "Why We Should Be in Solidarity with Palestinian Christians" presented by Giselle Lawn, former RMN board member and Rev. John Wagner, Co-chair of UMKR.
August 2018 – Read the report
2018 Resolutions Focus on Palestinian Children
July 2018 – Among the eleven Palestine-related resolutions adopted in annual conference this year, eight addressed the human rights of Palestinian children and their abuse in Israeli military detention.
July 2018 – See the report
UMKR Condemns Israel’s Apartheid Law
UMKR joins numerous partners in condeming the recent adoption by the Israeli legislature of the Nation State Law. This bill now enshrines in Israel's Basic Law, the Israeli equivalent to a national constitution, the denial of equal rights for Palestinian Israeli citizens who comprise 20% or more of Israel's population.
July 2018 –See the press release
Palestinian Missionary writes open letter to UMC Leaders
Rev. Alex Awad, a retired UMC missionary and member of the UMKR Steering Committee challenges UMC leaders to do more for the people of the Holy Land, with several concrete suggestions for action.
May 2018 – See the letter
8000 UM Women and UMKR is there
May 2018 – UMKR outreach at United Methodist Women Assembly 2018
See the report
UMKR Condemns Israel's Response to the Great March of Return 2018
UMKR condemns without reservation Israel’s deliberate killing of over 100 protesting Gazans and the maiming of thousands since protests began on 30 March 2018, Palestinian Land Day, and through the following weeks.
See the statement here
BDS movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Read more and take action to support the nomination