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​​General Conference 2016

• United Methodists call on Israel to end unjust practicesread the press release

Native Peoples stand with Palestinians see the video & statement

• Addressing myths & misinformation heard at GC 2016  read & download

• UMKR Resources for 2016 General Conference delegates see the resources

• UMKR speakers, rallies and volunteers: our notated photos albums for GC 2016

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News & Views

​​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

Is It Apartheid?

Find out what an international team of legal scholars - commissioned by the South African government - said about the Israeli occupationSee the answer

Responsible Tourism

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

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​​ Sign the Petition

For UMC clergy and employees:you are the stakeholders in the services provided by the UM General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Let them know you want occupation-free investments .
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We are stronger together

Advocate with UMKR for a 

just peace in the Holy Land
Add your voice to thousands of United Methodists who advocate for equality and freedom for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Consider working with one of UMKR's committees or focus on advocacy in your area.

Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians 
~ in Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth ~
for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a
just peace in the Holy Land.

Settlements Boycott 

The UMC has called for a global ban on products from Israeli  settlements. See many familiar products & how you can support the boycott.  Learn more

Israel/Palestine 101​

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

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  

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Worldwide, 18–24 September 2016
"Dismantling Barriers"
An initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF)
of the World Council of Churches

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together in 2016 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness. The theme of the week in 2016, to be observed during 18-24 September, is: "God has broken down the dividing walls."
See more and links for resources at our website
See more at their website:

Join millions of Christians around the globe in celebrating WWPPI, September 18-24

UMKR questions Israeli crackdown on vital humanitarian aid for Gaza

UMC bodies and agency  and U.S. ecumenical partners  oppose anti-BDS legislation

Top Picks in 2016 UMKR News

See UMKR's General Conference 2016 news, top box on the right.

United Methodist regional bodies oppose "anti-BDS" legislation – September 2016

see the press release

UMKR questions Israeli crackdown on humanitarian aid – August 2016

see the press release

Congressional Briefing on the impact of Settlement Expansion - February 2016  

see the report

United Methodist Pension Fund Excludes and Divests from Israeli Banks - January 2016

see the press release

Noteworthy from 2015 and 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

From the December 2015 Newsletter:

- Palestinian Business Committee offers support

- Another boycott victory: Royalife moves out of illegal Israeli settlement industrial zone

- Churches seek to end Israel's human rights abuses - meeting with U.S. State Department

Find these stories and more in our December 2015 newsletter

From the October 2015 Newsletter:
- A Call to Action from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

- SodaStream moves operations out of the West Bank

- Kairos Palestine General Secretary shares Palestinian despair and hope; urges bold action
- Global Young Peoples Convocation sends divestment resolution to GC 2016

- Israeli Christian schools go on strike for equal funding
Find these stories and more in our 
October 2015 newsletter

From the September 2015 Newsletter
- Largest Protestant Denomination in Canada Approves Divestment
- Boycott success: Veolia sells the last of its operations in the occupied territories
- American Civil Rights Leaders Endorse BDS
Find these stories and more in our
September 2015 newsletter

​​Kairos Palestine

Palestinian Christians have called on us  to help end the Israeli occupation.  Discover the document that is mobilizing Christians around the world! Read it



Selective Divestment

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