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​​NY Times:  Celebrated civil rights leader & author of The New Jim Crow  goes on the record:  she can't stay silent about Palestinian rights.   See the op-ed

News & Views

Israeli Annexation:  

Who Supports BDS?

So many Christian denominations, Israeli & Jewish organizations, businesses, labor unions, and more support boycott and divestment for Palestinian rights.  See this list

"The Dire Consequences of Israel’s Coalition Government" April 2020 – Palestinian Christians' statement on dangerous political developments in Israel  See it here

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​​One of the most hotly debated questions today!HINT: South Africa is NOT the standard under international law. So what is?   See the answers

NEWS & VIEWS

Jonathan Kuttab and Dalit Baum

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RECENT NEWS   ◆   FEATURED ITEMS

GC 2020 has been

postponed until
2021. But our
justice

legislation for

Palestinian rights is

still vital and needs your support!

 Opportunities to:  CONNECT with Palestinians 

under occupation during this pandemic, take ACTION for justice, and provide AID. See also: resources for spiritual and personal  SUPPORT.  SEE THEM ALL.

Israeli Detention of Children

One of the biggest issues in the Palestinian rights movement, the subject of a groundbreaking bill in Congress. Learn more, find top resources, and opportunities for action.  Visit this page

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See the weekly alerts and news that activists are talking about. 

An Appeal from UMKR

During the period of Covid-19 quarantine that is happening in so many parts of the world, you can find digital events and justice campaigns of interest to Palestinian rights activists at our Solidarity in the time of Covid-19 page


For the in-person events listed below, they remain listed until we hear word they have been cancelled. You should check at the websites of the events to see if they will be held. 

Find descriptions of each of the following events at our Events Page. Or visit the websites of each one with the links below.










PALESTINE
Sabeel Young Adult International Gathering
17-25 June 2020  •  Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth
Learn more:
sabeel.org/2020/02/05/sabeel-1st-young-adult-gathering









UNITED STATES
Friends of Sabeel North America - FOSNA
Counter CUFI 2020; protest at annual gathering of

Christians United for Israeli (CUFI)
28-29 June 2020  •  Washington DC

Learn more:
www.fosna.org/countercufi

​​​PCAP's Letter to Church Leaders, endorsed

by UMKR, calls for urgent actions due to COVID-19, especially for Gaza. See the letter

& TAKE ACTION: Contact the Israeli PM.

The Right to Boycott

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General Conference

Coming Events

UMKR has important church legislation that will be considered at GENERAL CONFERENCE:

protecting Palestinian children,
defending the right to boycott,
divesting from occupation governments' bonds, and other timely justice issues.

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UMKR is part of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) and joins LYNC's call for justice in the church in this time of COVID-19.  

See the open letter.

June 10th, MFSA & UMKR present


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IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Legalizing Apartheid?

 UMKR Mailing Addresses

Michelle Alexander breaks her silence

General Conference has been post-poned, but our justice legislation

is still vital and needs your support.

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COVID-19  IN ISRAEL/ PALESTINE:

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2020

LYNC Open Letter to the Church

In an open letter to The United Methodist Church,  the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) calls for people of faith to "pick up the mantle of justice and speak out against oppression in all forms but especially the oppression of the most marginalized and at-risk in our world." UMKR is a member of LYNC.  See the letter
 

2019

​​UMKR Sept-Dec Newsletter:
Black Church Call, Trump's EO, 🎄This Season, South African Methodists,
Church Leaders and members are "all in"
for HR 2407, 2020 Trips, and more...See our news & action

Dual Palestine Conferences:

Kairos Palestine's 10th

Anniversary and Sabeel's

International Gathering
The experiences and reflections of

United Methodists who attended these

back-to-back events in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
December 2019 –
See their reports


United Methodist Church: Opposing Israeli Settlements since 1976
United Methodist leaders, members appalled by Trump administration’s disregard for international law and human rights, acceptance of crime of colonialism. 
November 2019 –
See the press release


Kairos Palestine Statement on House Demolitions
Palestinian Christians speak to "hard hearts" as Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes rise; remind Israel it is God's law that truly protects
September 2019 – Read the statement

Jerusalem from the Lens of a Native Son
– Ghettoization and Pauperization

UMKR activist Philip Farah visits his homeland and reports on the dismal transformation he sees in Jerusalem
August 2019 –
Read the article


UMC Regional Bodies Adopt 8 Resolutions

Addressing Palestinian Rights
Ethical investing, particularly

regarding government bonds, and the

plight of Palestinian children were the

primary focus of eight resolutions related

to Palestinian rights that United Methodist

annual conferences (regional bodies) in the

United States adopted in May and June 2019.
July 2019 –
Read the report


UMKR Responds to GC2019 and Judicial Council Rulings of April 2019

UMKR grieves over exclusionary legislation of GC2019, renews commitment to LYNC Vision, and invites all United Methodists to work for a just peace in the Holy Land.
April 2019 –
Read the statement


African Americans Show How Palestinian

Solidarity Is Done

M. Theresa Basile
Reviewing Michelle Alexander's NY Times Op-Ed "Time to Break the Silence on Palestine in the contexts of Black-Palestinian solidarity in recent years and of the praise and denunciations it has received.
January 2019 –
Read the article


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. 
January 2019 –
See the editorial


Unite to Protect Americans' Right to Boycott

Fifteen faith organizations have issued a statement condemning the current bill in the Senate that would support state legislation penalizing those who support a boycott targeting Israeli  human rights abuses. They call on all Americans to contact legislators and urge them to oppose such legislation.
January 2019 –
See the statement



2018 Year in Review: UMKR & Partners' News
Our annual "mega edition" of The Response includes

a full review of UMKR activities in the previous year, a selection of the

biggest news from faith communities and other partners, and our top picks of 2018 resources. 
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​​From the Christian community of Palestine, this profound statement of faith and call to action has mobilized Christians worldwide.  Learn more

United Methodists are responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians in
Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth,  to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land.. UMKR seeks – through nonviolent action and in partnership with Christians in Palestine – freedom, justice, and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.

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An Appeal from UMKR

​​The Right to Boycott

Our new page presents why and how this basic right of free speech is under attack acroos the US, Europe and beyond, and how we can take action to protect democratic freedoms.  See it now

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