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Recent Reports

Caterpillar has NOT adopted the Ruggie Principles, contrary to recent UMC information

see the press release

Congressional Briefing on Wadi Foquin and the impact of Settlement Expansion attended by staff from 29 members of the House and 9 Senators - February 2016  

see the report

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

see the press release

•  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
•  Historic action for divestment, boycott and more in the United Church of Christ 

see it in our July 2015 Newsletter
•  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:

- UMKR Task Force on Africa

- Palestinian Business Committee offers support

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

- Portland Plans: UMKR at the January Pre-conference briefing for GC 2016

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

Find these stories and more in ourDecember 2015 newsletter

From the October 2015 Newsletter:
- Honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu; his 2015 message on Palestine
- Celebrating GC 2016 resolution on divestment from Global Young People's Convocation
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


UM General Conference Calls on Israel to End Unjust Practices

Despite fierce opposition, which included calls to delegates from Israeli ambassadors and consulates, the United Methodist General Conference passed strong measures calling for an end to Israel’s unjust practices toward Palestinians.

Read the UMKR press release on General Conference 2016

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  

Tent of Nations Centennial Celebration

Bethlehem region, May 9-12, 2016

A celebration with the Nassar family of the 100-year commemoration of Daher’s Vineyard. It is an international effort to bring as many of us together on the land as can attend; an international presence has always been vital to sustain the Tent of Nations Peace Project.

See this at the website of Friends of Tent of Nations North America

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
Worldwide, 18 - 24 September 2016
"God has broken down the dividing walls"
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 etc, at our website
See more at their website:

statement of solidarity with Palestinians who today are experiencing the same colonialism and ethnic cleansing that occurred in North America. See the video and statement

​​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

UMKR photos from General Conference 2016

See two photo albums from GC 2016 on Facebook

Giving changes everything

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The vital peace and justice

work of UMKR can only 

continue with the support of those who believe in it. No gift is too small!  Donate securely online or

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Giving changes everything

Support the work of UMKR

The vital peace and justice

work of UMKR can only 

continue with the support of those who believe in it. No gift is too small! Donate securely online or by mail.

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


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

The United Methodist Church’s legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016.

UMKR will have many activities at General Conference in Portland this spring.  Whether you will be in Portland in May or would like to help from home,  there are many ways volunteers can help now and during General Conference. Please contact us about supporting our GC 2016 activities at:

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, and it meets once every four years. For each quadrennial session, delegates are elected by annual conferences, the primary regional bodies of the church. The General Conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

Read the latest news about GC 2015, learn about the delegates and what countries they will be coming from, see housing options, learn how to submit a petition, and much more at this site:

Native Peoples Stand with Palestinians

May 16, 2016 – The UMC commemorated and repented for Methodists' complicity in the Sand Creek Massacre. Immediately following the ceremony, Cynthia Kent, Chairperson of the UMC Native American International Caucus, gave a




» Congressional Briefing Feb 2016

read more

» UMC Divests of Israeli Banks read more

» UMKR Opposes anti-BDS legislation read more

»  Divestment Resolutions for GC 2016 see them

» For UM clergy and employees:
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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.

UMKR addresses myths heard at General Conference 2016

A lot of misinformation and false statements were heard during debate at the 2016 General Conference. This UMKR resource provides simple, clear answers for many common myths about Israel/Palestine.

Read and download this resource

News & Views

UMKR Action Alert

April 2016

Senator Patrick Leahy and ten members of the House send a groundbreaking letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking the State Dept. to hold both Israel and Egypt accountable for human rights violations in the way they use U.S. military aid. This led to a war of words in Congress and with Israel. Now faith advocates are contacting Congress to build support for this letter and thank those who sent it.
See the UMKR Action Alert