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Settlements Boycott 

The UMC has called for a global ban on imports 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 and join them.  Learn more  

Seizing the Mandate: one of the most comprehensive resources we know for identifying and boycotting products from the Israeli settlements. Produced by UMKR researchers in cooperation with Who Profits and others.

​​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

Global  Support

Many UMC allies, Christian institutions, and Jewish groups support boycott and divestment to end the Israeli occupation.  See the support

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

Alex and Brenda Awad Speaking Tour: The Awads, recently retired UMC missionaries, will be speaking in dozens of venues across the US this fall and through December 2015.  During their decades of service in Palestine, Rev. Alex Awad was faculty and Dean of Students at Bethlehem Bible College, organized Christ at the Checkpoint Conferences and directed the Shepherd Society. Brenda served as an educator, facilitator for visiting church groups and much more. Find an event near you and let others know - this is a golden opportunity for many to learn about the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality from speakers who know what is happening on the ground in Palestine.


October 2015 Newsletter

• Honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu; his 2015 message on Palestine

• Portland, OR human rights commission puts four companies on Do Not Buy List

• SodaStream moves out of West Bank due to boycott pressures

• Kairos Palestine Sec. General speaks in US on Palestinian despair, hope; urgent need for action

• Contact Obama to not use veto at UN; contact Congress to attend briefing on Oct 15.

• Celebrating GC 2016 resolution on divestment from Global Young People's Convocation

• Upcoming trips to the Holy Land - sign up now

• Palestinian Christian schools in Israel hold successful strike for fair and equal treatment

• UMKR launches new website

• Many events around the US, with FOSNA, Tree of Life and others

See all these stories in our October newsletter.

Press Release

Oct. 1, 2015 – UMKR celebrates Boycott Success in Palestinian Territories

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• Largest Protestant Denomination in Canada Approves Divestment

• Boycott success: Veolia sells the last of its operations in the occupied territories

• UMKR asks Hillary Clinton to Rescind Attack on BDS

• American Civil Rights Leaders Endorse BDS

   See these in our September newsletter

•  Eight United Methodist annual conferences vote for divestment in 2015 

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

    Read in July 2015 Newsletter

•  UMKR welcomes new UM investment fund, while noting problems - January 2015 

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•  Landmark action: United Methodist Pension board divests from G4S - June 2014 

    Read the press release

​​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

News & Views

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.


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