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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
Ecumenical Statement from 16 Christian Leaders:
Current U.S. Policy, Israel/Palestine, and the Churches
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.
November 2018 – See the statement
UMKR & LYNC: We Are Stronger Together
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.
October 2018 – Read more about this action
Seminal Conference of 2018 Makes Clear:
The Future of Justice Activism Is Intersectional
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
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.
October 2018 – See the report
Reaching Evangelical Christians in the Bible Belt
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.
October 2018 – 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
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 challenges 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
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
8000 United Methodist Women and UMKR is there
The largest gathering in the United Methodist Church isn't our General Conference, it is the United Methodist Women Assembly. UMKR had a successful display table at the UMW Assembly 2018. As a result of our special focus on education and action for the catastrophic conditions in Gaza, hundreds of personal solar lights for individuals to use were sent to families in Gaza.
May 2018 – See the report
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Kairo Palestine speaks to "hard hearts"
as Israel's demolitions of Palestinian homes rise See their statement
From the Christian community of Palestine, this profound statement of faith & urgent call to action has mobilized Christians worldwide. Learn more
UMKR welcomes Lisa Bender as new
Co-Chair, with deep gratitude to
Andrea Whitmore See the statement
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PCAP CAMPAIGN FOR UNRWA: Support the vital services of this agency for Palestinian refugees Learn more
UMKR Mailing Addresses
Joint Invitation from Kairos Palestine
and Sabeel: 2 big events in the Holy
Land, Nov-Dec 2019 See the events
See our EVENTS PAGE for more information on these events:
The 2019 Palestine Center Annual Conference
“The Deal of the Century: A Plan to Liquidate the Palestine Question”
• 8 November 2019 • Washington, DC, USA
Save the date for the 2019 Palestine Center Annual Conference!
Can’t make it to Washington, DC?
Watch this event live (and all other Palestine Center Events) from anywhere in the world.
AMP’s 12th Annual Palestine Convention:
"Election 2020: Palestine…Working for Justice"
• 28-30 November 2019 • Chicago, Illinois, USA
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
As we draw closer to the 2020 election season, issues related to Palestine and the Muslim community have become a focal point in our national conversation. From the Kushner deal to the proposal of bills attempting to criminalize BDS, matters affecting our communities are at the center of national debate. It is imperative that we take advantage of the positioning of these topics at the forefront of our national dialogue; we must focus on the strategic placement of Palestine.
Two Holy Land Conferences, back to back
Kairos Palestine and Sabeel Jerusalem are scheduling their 2019 events consecutively, so that supporters can attend both in one trip to Palestine.
Kairos Palestine 10th Anniversary International Conference:
10 years of Kairos, Past, Present, and Future
29 November 2019 • Bethlehem , PALESTINE
An international conference will be held in Bethlehem in Dar Al Kalima University College on 29 November 2019, whch is also the International Day of Solidarity with the
Palestinian People. We will commemorate the work of the past 10 years and discuss the approach of future work. The conference also serves as a space for international friends and partners to re-strengthen as well as to exchange achievements, strategies, and campaigns.
SEE ALSO: OPTIONAL TOURS, FOR ONE DAY EACH,
In Action: An International
Gathering for Friends
and Supporters of Sabeel
• 2-7 December 2019
• Bethlehem and Jerusalem,
Come and bring your friends! It will be a time of fellowship, friendship, and renewal, as well as a time to learn and discuss. We call on our friends to come and join us at this important gathering. Your presence gives us hope and encouragement as together we continue on the path of peace with justice. Learn more and register here
For more information on these events,
go to our Events Page.
UMKR's Resolutions with Q&A for 2019 conferences
Templates for activists focus on not investing in bonds of countries with prolonged military occupations. See also several helpful Q&A's. Find them
UMKR's Quick Facts Series
Packed with essential facts, these useful
handouts/flyers focus on key issues for
the Holy Land and advocacy for a just peace. In black & white for easy copying.
One of the most hotly debated questions today!Hint: details of the South African experience are NOT the international standard. See the answer
Is Israel an
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UMKR Brochure & Flyer
They both have great information to start the conversation about Israel/Palestine, show what United Methodists are doing, and invite others to get involved.