for our work to continue.

General Conference

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.

UMKR needs your support

General Conference 2020 has been

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

YOUR support!  LEARN MORE:

 🔴 New on our site   🔶 See  Updates

Don't miss the webinar series from Sabeel:
see the grey box near the top of the page,

on the right.

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.

Don't miss the webinar series from Sabeel, on the right.  ▶︎

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
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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
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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
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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
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Recorded Webinar  •  25 March 2020
Update on Coronavirus in Palestine

Mondoweiss
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

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BOSTON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL

Some featured screenings

OPENING FILM
Between Heaven and Earth

Najwa Najjar / 2019 / Narrative Feature / 93 min
A poignant love story about divorce under military occupation.
Director Najwa Najjar in conversation via LIVE Q&A
Winner: Best Screenplay Award, Cairo International Film Festival, 2019
View trailer

CLOSING FILM
Mayor

David Osit / 2020 / Documentary Feature / 89 min
A real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the charismatic mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office.
Director David Osit in conversation via Q&A
Winner: NEXT: WAVE Award, Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, 2020; Grand Jury Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2020

FEATURED FILM
Tiny Souls
Dina Nasser / 2019 / Documentary Feature / 85 min
After escaping the Syrian war, a free-spirited young girl and her family must
navigate confined life when stranded in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
View Trailer
https://watch.eventive.org/bpff/play/5f5c29e2304b97003e968b6a?m=1

FEATURED FILM
This Is Not a Movie

Yung Chang / 2019 / Documentary Feature / 109 min
This Is Not a Movie captures international journalist Robert Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts, and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions.
View Trailer

FEATURED SHORTS SERIES
Against All Odds

Various Directors / Narrative Shorts
A curation of stories of Palestinians caught in extraordinarily surreal situations and still persisting in their personal quests to achieve ordinary goals: completing a sticker collection to win a prize; buying an anniversary present; reaching a holy site to pray; having a baby; sending a loved one
home from abroad to be buried.
See the full BPFF program and how to watch here:
https://watch.eventive.org/bpff




Webinar Series  •  Every Tuesday
8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 3pm GMT / 6pm Palestine
KUMI NOW
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center


To bring activists around the world together for Palestine, Kumi Now is hosting weekly video gatherings to connect activists with the organizations working for Palestine and get everyone involved in activism for Palestine.  Gatherings happen every Tuesday at 6:00pm Palestinian time (GMT+3). That’s 8:00am in Seattle, 10:00am in Chicago, 11:00am in New York, 4:00pm in London, 5:00pm across much of Europe.

Each session features at least one speaker from the co-host organization, and often additional speakers from Sabeel or other organizations, ensuring you get a broad exposure to the people and organizations involved in the movement for Palestinian rights. Each session also includes a Q and A: the opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas among activists.












6 Octobber 2020 (Week 51)

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
and Human Rights

To be confirmed. This week, we will learn about the wide range of human rights abuses that Palestinians face in the Occupied Territory and Israel.










13 October 2020 (Week 52 )
Zaytoun and Olive Production
To be confirmed. Our final online gathering of this Kumi Year will teach us about the importance of the olive harvest for Palestinian society and its economy, and how the Apartheid Wall and settler violence, among other injustices, attack olive production.


To sign up for the webinars that interest you, use this link and see the form at the bottom of the page: https://kuminow.com/online

Learn more about Sabeel’s Kumi Now initiative:
https://kuminow.com/online/


See all of Kumi’s past webinars here:
https://kuminow.com/online-archives/

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: info@kairosresponse.org

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​​​​​​EVENTS
during COVID-19

Film Festival  •  16-25 October 2020
See schedule online
Boston Palestine Film Festival,  14th Season

The Boston Palestine Film Festival (BPFF), returns for its fourteenth year.
Since 2007, the Boston Palestine Film Festival has been introducing Palestine-related cinema, narratives, and culture to New England audiences. The festival has featured hundreds of compelling and thought-provoking films, including documentaries, dramatic features, animated films, rare early works, video art pieces, and new films by emerging
artists and youth. These works from directors around the world have offered refreshingly honest, self-described, and independent views of Palestine and its history, culture, and geographically dispersed society. The all-volunteer-run festival also features original interviews with the festival filmmakers on its web site blog.

BPFF2020 features 20 international films, presented via a virtual platform for the first time.
See a partial listing of films on this page, in the right column below Sabeel 's events.
See the full program and how to watch here: https://watch.eventive.org/bpff















Film and Discussion  •  Discussion: 18 October 2020
4pm PT, 7pm ET (US, Canada) / 11pm UTC
Streaming 11-20 October 2020
It’s What We Do
Witness Palestine Rochester


Courageous veterans of the Israeli military have come forward to testify to the violence that they were ordered to carry out against Palestinians living under occupation. House demolitions, night raids of Palestinian homes, arrest and detention of children, and other human rights abuses are routine. In 2004, Israeli Defense Forces veterans, who have seen and participated in these atrocities, formed
Breaking the Silence, whose purpose is to bring these stories to the Israeli public. The film, based on a play, presents verbatim testimonies of former Israeli soldiers.
See the trailer

Program Details & Registration

This event is part of the Rochester Witness Palestine Film Festival 2020. How the Festival works:  You can watch and participate from anywhere. All programs this year are free. Each program, the movie and discussion, will be online. You’ll take part from wherever you have an Internet connection. The movie will be available for a week ahead of the discussion. We’ll watch it independently, then connect Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern for the discussion. Your questions and comments are welcome as has been our pattern since inception of the Festival in 2012.
Look for the Program Details & Registration link on each program page. Once you register for a program, you’ll receive separate e-mails with information about how to watch the movie and parameters to connect for the discussion
There’s no charge for any of these programs.
Visit the website





























Film and Discussion  •  18 October 2020
12noon PT, 3pm ET (US, Canada) / 7pm UTC
The Ruins of Lifta
Voices from the Holy Land
St. Louis Friends of Bethlehem

Participants will discuss the film “The Ruins of Lifta.” You may watch the film at your convenience and then join us for the online discussion.
Award-winning filmmaker and co-producer Menachem Daum and Dr. Daphna Golan, Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and coordinator of Save Lifta coalition, will participate in the Q&A discussion. Dr. Angela Miller, Professor of Art History at the Washington University in St. Louis, will moderate this session.

How this will work:
Once you’ve registered for the event, you will get an email with the link and passcode to watch the film and to the Zoom link to join the discussion. The film will only be available to registered viewers. We ask that you watch the film at your convenience before the discussion and join the conversation on Zoom with your thoughts and questions for our
speakers on October 18th
Watch the Film Trailer here
Register here














Webinar  •  20 October 2020
9:00am PT, 12noon ET / 4pm UTC / 7pm Palestine
Home Demolitions Updates
No Way to Treat a Child Campaign: DCIP and AFSC

Please join #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders from Defense for Children International - Palestine and American Friends Service Committee as they share military detention updates, including the situation with COVID-19 in Israeli prisons and detention centers. This webinar will also highlight increasing home demolitions against Palestinian families documented by Defense for Children International - Palestine. We will debunk a few more opposition talking points, too.
Register here and scroll down the page


















Webinar  •  20 October 2020
5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET
Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)

The Doctrine of Discovery has been at the root of land dispossession across Turtle Island. While most situate its relevance in the historical contexts – it still impacts Indigenous struggles today. This webinar will answer the questions: What is the Doctrine of Discovery? What are its historical roots? How is it used today, and what can we do to dismantle it?

Register here














Webinar  •  22 October 2020
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm UK / 8pm Palestine

Understanding Apartheid, Moving to Freedom,

Justice and Equality
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

An October series of webinars  in the UK:
Thursday October 22nd: The Movement for Palestinian Rights: Setting the Agenda – Moving to Freedom: Hazem Jamjoum, policy member at al-Shabka. Marwa Fatafta, Palestinian writer, researcher and policy analyst.

Since its foundation, Israel has built and maintained a system of institutionalised racist discrimination against all parts of the Palestinian people, whether living under occupation, in Israel, or as refugees and exiles.
     The United Nations report by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley in 2017 clearly laid this out, contributing to a shift in discourse. Israel’s passage of the nation state law, followed by its publicly stated aim of annexing at least 30% of the West Bank – following its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights – has further exposed its apartheid reality. The question for the movement for Palestinian rights is how to transition from the ugliness of the present day to a future of freedom, justice and equality?
     This weekly series of webinars throughout October will tackle – but also go beyond - the way in which Israel’s practices meet the definition of apartheid under international law and their effect on Palestinians in all areas of their lives.
Register here













Webinar  •  24 October 2020
5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET
Be the Key: Celebration of Hope
Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Unlock hope for the next generation  of creative leaders in Palestine
Along with Dr. Mitri Raheb, you will hear Dr. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Iva Carruthers and Rick Steves.
This program will bring enthusiasm and understanding
• Celebrity shout-out from travel guru, Rick Steves
• Dar al-Kalima University updates from President Mitri Raheb
• First Women of Vision Scholarship awarded to female student
• Inspiring student stories from familiar faces
• Registration is FREE - MUST register in advance
• Paddle raise - invitation to partner with Bright Stars to unlock hope for Palestinian students
• Event will be live-streamed on
brightstarsbethlehem.org
Register here













Webinar  •  24 October 2020
11:00am PT, 2:00pm ET / 6pm UTC / 9pm Palestine
From Lebanon to Palestine:
A Vision for Honest Democracy

Voices for Justice in Palestine

Please join us for this discussion with leading human rights advocate Dr. Rania Masri.
At a time when our own democracy is under attack, we turn to ongoing struggles for democracy in Lebanon and Palestine. Both Lebanon and Palestine have seen the destructive impact of European colonization, from the Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) carving up the Middle East into spheres of influence for the British and the French governments, to the Balfour Declaration (1917) which greenlighted Zionist settlercolonialist
ambitions to build a majority-Jewish state in historic Palestine.

Dr. Masri will speak on the need for a politics of decolonization and the birth of an indigenous vision for honest democracy from Lebanon2Palestine. She will draw from her on-the-ground, firsthand experience of the crisis in Lebanon, where she lives and teaches. Where are we now in Lebanon? What are the causes of the crisis? How is the sectarian political system used as a model for the region? Building on the narrative that is needed in Lebanon, Dr. Masri will pivot to Palestine. She will forge parallels to the current situation in Palestine. What are the challenges we are facing there? What is needed in Palestine?
Register here














Workshop  •  24 October 2020
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada) / 5pm UTC
Teach Arab American Studies!
A workshop for teachers, students and community members
Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

What does Arab American Studies look like in a high school classroom?
Join us to learn about advancing Arab American Studies today.
    Over the last year, the Save Arab American Studies coalition has worked tirelessly to advance efforts to include Arab American Studies in the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). Despite increasing rightwing attacks led by pro-Israeli interest groups, we were able to protect against the erasure of Arab American Studies.
    Most recently, Governor Newsom reversed a decision mandating ethnic studies in high school education, by vetoing California State Assembly Bill 331. This is a scandalous development, especially as President Trump and his allies continue their relentless attacks against antiracist curriculum nationally. These developments pose challenges for advancing the ability of all people in California to access education that builds empathy, unity, solidarity, and strengthens movement towards a just society.
   As we know, historically ethnic studies has been a protracted struggle that has made demands ofdecision makers to respond to the calls for a liberatory and self-determined education. We are carrying on that tradition by working to ensure that the California Department of Education centers the values and principles of ethnic studies in the ESMC, and that educators are equipped with the tools needed to advance that work forward.
    Join us for this important and exciting webinar on October 21st where we will explore ways to advance the work of Arab American Studies in the classroom!
Register here














Film and Discussion  •  Discussion: 25 October 2020
4pm PT, 7pm ET (US, Canada) / 11pm UTC
Streaming 18-27 October 2020
Seeing Through the Wall
Witness Palestine Rochester


This sensitive film explores the evolving relationship of a group of Jewish Americans to the state of Israel during a 12-day visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The 2016 delegation was led by Rabbi Dov Taylor whose purpose was to afford this small group of American Jews “the opportunity to meet and get to know some Palestinians as human beings, just like themselves, with the same hopes and fears and dreams.” The “wall” in the film’s title refers to the separation barrier constructed by Israel throughout the West Bank, which in many instances has resulted in the loss of Palestinian land, the separation of farmers from their fields, and which greatly restricts the free movement of Palestinians.
Seeing Through the Wall is an appropriate metaphor for the personal stories told by ordinary people daring to have their assumptions and identities challenged and redefined. Program Details & Registration
http://witnesspalestinerochester.org/seeing-through-the-wall-meeting-ourselves-in-palestine-and-israel/

This event is part of the Rochester Witness Palestine Film Festival 2020. How the Festival works:  You can watch and participate from anywhere. All programs this year are free. Each program, the movie and discussion, will be online. You’ll take part from wherever you have an Internet connection. The movie will be available for a week ahead of the discussion. We’ll watch it independently, then connect Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern for the discussion. Your questions and comments are welcome as has been our pattern since inception of the Festival in 2012.
Look for the Program Details & Registration link on each program page. Once you register for a program, you’ll receive separate e-mails with information about how to watch the movie and parameters to connect for the discussion
There’s no charge for any of these programs.
Visit the website















Film and Discussion  •  Discussion: 1 November 2020
4pm PT, 7pm ET (US, Canada) / 11pm UTC
Streaming 25 Oct - 1 Nov 2020
Brooklyn Inshallah
Witness Palestine Rochester


Khader El-Yateem was born in Bethlehem. He was a 19-year-old theology student when Israeli police raided his home, woke him from sleep, arrested him without charge and subjected him to 57 days in solitary confinement. His brother-in-law, an international attorney, was able to secure Khader’s release. Khader went on to complete his studies and was ordained a priest in the Lutheran Church. In 1992, he was sent by the Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem to Brooklyn, New York, to minister to the large Arab immigrant population there. The film tells the story of his remarkable 2017 campaign for New York City Council. Along the way, we learn or are reminded of the harsh discrimination, illegal surveillance, and deportations of Arab Americans following the passage of the Patriot Act.
Did we schedule Brooklyn Inshallah for this week with the U.S. election in mind? Yes, we did!
Program Details & Registration
     This event is part of the Rochester Witness Palestine Film Festival 2020. How the Festival works:  You can watch and participate from anywhere. All programs this year are free. Each program, the movie and discussion, will be online. You’ll take part from wherever you have an Internet connection. The movie will be available for a week ahead of the discussion. We’ll watch it independently, then connect Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern for the discussion. Your questions and comments are welcome as has been our pattern since inception of the Festival in 2012.
Look for the Program Details & Registration link on each program page. Once you register for a program, you’ll receive separate e-mails with information about how to watch the movie and parameters to connect for the discussion.
There’s no charge for any of these programs.
Visit the website









Webinar • 4 November 2020
3am PT, 6am ET (US, Canada) / 10am UTC / 1pm Palestine
The COVID-19 Pandemic: from the global, local and regional perspectives

Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA)

Dr. Richard Horton, the chief editor of the prestigious scientific journal The Lancet, who will be moderating the webinar, will speak about the COVID-19 pandemic from a global perspective, and moderate the discussion session.
Dr. Mai Alkaila, the Palestinian Minister of Health, will speak about the policies implemented by the Palestinian Ministry of Health to address the pandemic in Palestine, and the challenges the ministry is facing implementation and other constraints.
Professor Abdullatif Hussieni from the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University will speak  on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territory, highlighting time trend delineation in the course of the pandemic.
Dr. Nehaya Daoud, a Palestinian academic from the Green Line, will speak about the pandemic among Palestinians inside the Green Line, focusing on pre-existing inequalities and how such inequalities articulate with the effects of the pandemic.
Dr. Gerald Rockenchaub, head of WHO's office in the occupied Palestinian territory, will then focus on comparing the course of the pandemic among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He will also give a broader regional picture of the spread of the pandemic including the different policies regional countries have addressed to contain it, and the outcomes of such policies.
Dr. Horton will moderate a question and answer session.
Register here no later than October 20, 2020.