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Recorded Webinar  •  14 April 2020:
Legislating Against Criticism of Israel
- the Ongoing Assault on Americans' Free Speech

Palestine Legal and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)

Peter Beinart, leading journalist, political commentator and author  • Dima Khalidi, Founder and Director of Palestine Legal, Cooperating Counsel at Center for Constitutional Rights  • Lara Friedman, President, Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), political analyst
     The U.S. is facing ongoing and ever-expanding efforts to use new legislation as a weapon to quash free speech and activism that challenges Israeli policies. This webinar, featuring experts who are on the front lines of challenging and documenting these efforts, explores the phenomenon in its various current and emerging forms, including so-called anti-BDS laws and legislation that exploits the pretext of fighting antisemitism.
     The discussion includes an examination of the various forms of attack, the situation in state legislatures and Congress, and the role of Executive Orders. It will also examine legal efforts to challenge such laws, including court cases thus far and likely cases that could emerge in the future.
Watch it here

Recorded Webinar  •  13 April 2020
Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal Court
Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
     • Dr Michael G Kearney (Al Haq)  • Hagai El-Ad (B’Tselem)  • Liz Evenson (Human Rights Watch)  • Katherine Gallagher (Center for Constitutional Rights) • Lara Friedman (FMEP)
     The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently considering opening a formal probe into Israeli and Palestinian actions in the Occupied Territories. This webinar examines that case — what it is about, why and how it was brought before the ICC, and the controversy that it has generated. Our expert panelists also delve into the broader stakes involved in this case – a case that is testing the legitimacy and viability of both the court and the international law it is designed to uphold.
Watch it here

Recorded Webinar  •  7 April 2020
COVID-19 & The Settlements
The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and Americans for Peace Now (APN)
     This webinar looks at settlements and occupation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, including the very different Israeli policies vis-a-vis movement and travel of Palestinians and West Bank settlers, Israeli government moves to advance settlement projects while the world’s focus is on the health crisis, and continued settler violence against Palestinians.
    The webinar features two experts who work on these issues on the ground:  Lior Amihai, Executive Director of Yesh Din. and Brian Reeves, Director Development & External Relations at Peace Now. The moderator is FMEP President Lara Friedman.
Watch it here

Recorded Webinar Series •  March-April 2020
A Three-Part Series: COVID-19 & the Healthcare Systems in Israel/Palestine
Middle East Institute (MEI) and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)

     For nations around the globe, the COVID-19 crisis is both creating new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. This is especially true in Israel-Palestine, where Israelis and Palestinians live in close proximity, all under overarching Israeli authority but under regimes that afford them separate and grossly unequal access to health services.
  In this context, the webinar series will examine how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the very different and yet highly interconnected environments in Israel-Palestine, highlighting expert voices on the ground.
Co-hosts:Lara Friedman (FMEP) and Khaled Elgindy (MEI)

Part 3: Israel
Henriette Chacar, +972 Magazine
Ran Goldstein, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
Watch it here

Part 2: West Bank and East Jerusalem
Tareq Baconi, International Crisis Group

Jessica Montell, HaMoked - Israeli human rights & legal aid center
Watch it here

Part 1: Gaza
Tania Hary, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement

Dr. Ghada Al Jadba, UNRWA
Watch it here

Recorded Webinar  •  25 March 2020
Update on Coronavirus in Palestine

Palestine correspondent, Yumna Patel, joined Mondoweiss senior editor Phil Weiss to give a detailed update on the coronavirus outbreak in Palestine. Patel is based in Bethlehem, the epicenter of the outbreak in the occupied West Bank.
Watch it here


Connect with the Palestinians in the

Holy Land and with activists around

the world. During the Covid-19 global

health crisis, while so many of us are

required to stay at home, there are an

abundance of digital events being

scheduled. Many are educational and also provide avenues for justice action, some

include film screenings, and others provide personal support in a difficult time.

Have an event to suggest for this page?   Let us know:


during COVID-19

Webinar  •  14 January 2021
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm UTC / 8pm Palestine
Discussion with Palestinian Ambassador to the UK
Hexham and Newcastle Labour Friends of Palestine,
Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign

You are invited to a discussion between Dr Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK  and Louise Haigh, MP, Vice-chair of Labour Friends of Palestine (& Middle East)
Introduced by Ann Schofield, Newcastle City Councillor and Chair, Newcastle Labour Friends of Palestine
Discussion followed by Q&A
Join the Zoom session here

Film and Discussion  •  17 January 2021
12noon PT, 3pm ET (US, Canada) / 8pm UTC / 10pm Palestine
Next Generation’s Perspectives on the Occupation
Voices from the Holy Land and
Bright Stars of Bethlehem

This month’s Online Film Salon features three short films produced by recent students of Dar al Kalima University's College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. The student film directors and the head of Dar al Kalima’s Film Program will participate from Bethlehem. Suhad Babaa, Executive Director of Just Vision and Executive Producer of “Naila and the Uprising”, will
moderate the audience Q&A discussion.
Our co-sponsor for January 2021 is Bright Stars of Bethlehem, the US-based organization supporting Dar al Kalima University.
Registrants will be able to watch these short films at their own convenience and then join us for the Q&A discussion on January 17th.
Watch the Trailer:
Register here

Webinar  •  18 January 2021
11am PT, 2pm ET (US, Canada) / 7pm UTC / 9pm Palestine
Interview with Mark Braverman:
From Bonhoeffer to the Kairos Palestine Call:
Summoning the Church to Resistance

Mark Braverman is Executive Director of Kairos USA, and one of the American leaders of the Global Kairos for Justice Coalition. He is a Jewish American with family roots in the Holy Land and has been closely involved in the growth of the international church movement for a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Mark is the author of Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land and A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, healing, and the struggle for peace in Israel and Palestine. His writings, blog, and sermons
can be found at:
Join the zoom meeting here

Virtual Tour  •  18 January 2021
10:30 PT, 1:30 ET (US, Canada) / 6:30pm UTC / 8:30
Visit Palestine: An Immersive Journey
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and
the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD)

Want to travel on an immersive virtual reality journey while social distancing at
home? Join the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD) on a three-day immersive VR travel journey to explore Palestine through locally guided tours with exclusive footage. The events will provide you with a rare chance to fully immerse yourself in the Palestinian experience by connecting with a range of experts, activists and people on the ground.
January 18th: Honing in on the coastal cities of Gaza and Jaffa, looking at and contrasting the respective lived experiences of Palestinians there.
Register here

Webinar  •  19 January 2021
5pm PT, 8pm ET (US, Canada)
Engaging the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration
Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) and
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Please join the #nowaytotreatachild campaign for our first webinar of the year!  We will share updates, opportunities, and plans for engaging the 17th Congress and the incoming Biden administration to end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children.
    The new year presents new opportunities to advocate for Palestinian children who endured grave violations of their rights at the hands of Israeli forces throughout 2020. You can read Defense for Children International - Palestine's year-in-review to prepare for this webinar and learn what we're up against.
Register here

Webinar  •  20 January 2021
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm GMT / 8pm Palestine
Resisting Lawfare on Campus
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and
European Legal Support Center

In the face of growing student support for Palestinian rights on campus, Israel and its allies are using a myriad of tactics to suppress support for Palestinian human rights, including support for the the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions until Israel complies with international law.
This includes lawfare; using threats of litigation and semi-legal arguments to attempt to prevent and restrict pro-Palestine events on campus. Crude lawfare tactics mean pro- Palestine events can be subject to a host of restrictions, including the imposition of ‘neutral’ chairs, and the condition that an opposing view must be heard.
Moreover, the statutory duties in the government’s Prevent agenda, and the pressure being exerted on universities to adopt the full IHRA definition of antisemitism, with examples and without caveats, can contribute to a stifling of voices speaking up for Palestinian rights on campus.
While most pro-Palestine events on campus go off without a hitch, it’s vital we’re prepared, and informed of our legal rights to campaign in solidarity with Palestine.
Join this webinar with legal experts to hear what to do if your event faces unfair, and potentially illegal, restrictions in the run up to Israel Apartheid Week 2021. Find out about the support that will be available to you to ensure IAW 2021 is the biggest and most successful ever.
Dima Khalidi, Director, Palestine Legal
Giovanni Fassina, Programme Director, European Legal Support Center
Lewis Backon, Campaigns Office, Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Register here

Conference  •  10-14 June 2021
See website for schedule
Christ at the Checkpoint 2021:
Hope and Resilience in a Broken World

Location: Bethlehem, Palestine

Join is in the year 2021 in Bethlehem for the sixth international Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The theme will be Hope and Resilience in a Broken World. Join us as what we consider what it means to follow Christ in the shadow of walls and conflict, and how to be resilient in our Christian witness, keep hope alive, seek just peace and truth, and preach good news in the midst of a broken world.

We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.
Learn more and Register


United Methodists are responding to Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth ,a statement of faith and urgent call to action from Christians in Palestine.  UMKR seeks, through nonviolent means and in partnership with Palestinian Christians, freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.

General Conference 2020 has been

scheduled for Aug-Sept 2021. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs

YOUR support!  LEARN MORE:

An Appeal from UMKR

UMKR has important church legislation for our denomination's global General Conference, to be held in 2021. These resolutions address:

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

We also have BIG PLANS for educating

A LOT of people throughout our church about Palestinian rights, with literature, displays, speakers, meals, and witness actions!

With very limited resources, UMKR has made a BIG  impact in the global United Methodist Church! Groundbreaking divestment and boycott actions by the UMC would never have happened without UMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.

General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make a worldwide impactfor Palestinian rights throughout our denomination.

But, if we are to succeed in advocating for justice with thousands of United Methodists who come to General Conference from four continents,WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Click the green button and take action now:

Please give as generously as you can, and

know that whatever you are able to give

will be greatly appreciated.