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United Methodists are responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians in
Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth,  to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land.. UMKR seeks – through nonviolent action and in partnership with Christians in Palestine – freedom, justice, and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.

UMKR needs your support for our work to continue

General Conference has been post-poned, but our justice legislation

is still vital and needs your support.

LEARN more about it:

"OPPOSITION TO

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

IN PALESTINIAN LAND"

"ADDRESSING ISRAELI
DETENTION OF CHILDREN"

UMKR has submitted groundbreaking legislation to GC2020 with a resolution and a petition that make the moral and legal connections between Israel's occupation and illegal colonization of Palestinian territory and two other international situations that involve similarly egregious violations of international law and human rights. The proposed amendment to the UMC Book of Discipline would direct church investors to apply a consistent standard to our global investments, one that recognizes Israel is not alone in its violations of human rights through occupation and colonization.

     We note that Wespath, the UMC's Pensions board, has submitted GC 2020 legislation with similar language but without specifying prolonged military occupation. It does encourage investors to engage with governments to create positive change and hold them accountable for their actions, while also excluding those who don't act responsibly.

     UMKR believes that engaging with a government is very likely to prove futile. We believe the church should not buy sovereign debt of countries acting irresponsibly. We prefer the more restrictive wording in Petition 20267 (see the summary and link for full text below). However, if either of the amendments to Paragraph 717 is adopted by the General Conference, UMKR will consider it to be a significant step forward for our denomination's global leadership in faith-based investing.
Did you know? The United Methodist Church has the world's largest reported pension fund for a faith-based institution.

SUMMARY: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child mean little in many countries where children are imprisoned and abused.

     In this resolution, the UMC formally endorses the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as it relates to incarcerated children. The church charges GBCS, in consultation with GBGM and UMW, to formulate recommendations for United Methodists to engage in education and action on this important issue. (#20597; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 1, P. 235)
To see the full text on our website, download the resolution,

and LEARN MORE with resources on this subject:CLICK HERE

​​​​​​The UMC General Conference 2020:

Legislation & Resources on Israel/Palestine

LEGISLATION SUBMITTED BY GBCS
Endorsed and supported by UMKR

  The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS)
has submitted two very important resolutions pertaining to Israel/Palestine to the 2020 General Conference.  These resolutions uphold long-standing positions of the UMC that support a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land.

     Both are renewals – with a few amendments – of current UMC resolutions due to expire in 2020. (UMC General Conference resolutions expire after eight years unless renewed.)  

"UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS ON THE

ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT"

The ADCA
Volume 2,
Section 1 is
where you will
find most

of the legislation in

UMKR's slate.

However, Petition #20267,

to amend ¶717 in the

Book of Discipline, can be

found  in Volume 2,

Section 2.


The legislative numbers we

refer to on our site are also

found in the ADCA. It is published in the four official languages of General Conference.
Download the ADCA here

SUMMARY: This resolution is another that would expire this year, if not renewed by the General Conference. It draws upon on the core principles of international law and U.N. resolutions as the basis for equality and just peace for all in Israel/Palestine.
    
  In this resolution, the church calls upon “the United States and all permanent members of the UN Security Council, to accept the authority of Security Council resolutions, to refrain from vetoing resolutions, and abide by Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, and 2334, as well as all other relevant UN resolutions and International Court of Justice rulings, that provide a framework for bringing this conflict to a just and permanent end.” (#20553; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 1, P. 269)

To see the full text on our website, download the resolution,

and LEARN MORE with resources about this subject:CLICK HERE

SUMMARY: This seminal resolution of the UMC is due to expire this year unless renewed by the General Conference. It describes the conditions of the Israeli occupation and states the UMC position:

     “The United Methodist Church opposes continued military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and also the Syrian Golan Heights, the confiscation of Palestinian land and water resources, the destruction of Palestinian homes, the continued blockade of Gaza where over half the residents are children, the military detention of Palestinian children—often without trial—the continued building of illegal Jewish settlements, and any vision of a “Greater Israel” that includes the occupied territories and the whole of Jerusalem and its surroundings.”

     The actions that this resolution calls for include: a global ban on importing products from Israeli settlements, an end to all arms sales to the region and all arms purchases from there, a redistribution of the large military aid given to Israel and Egypt to fund humanitarian work such as UNRWA’s, and all companies to stop any business activities that support ongoing military occupation. (#20554; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 1, P. 269)
To see the full text on our website, download the resolution,
and
LEARN MORE with resources on this subject:CLICK HERE

LEGISLATION SUBMITTED BY UMKR & PARTNERS
The three resolutions that follow have been submitted to the
2020 United Methodist

General Conference by UMKR, as well as:
Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA),
the Executive Committee of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition  (LYNC),
and several regional task forces in the United States.

UMKR BROCHURE ON

GC 2020 LEGISLATION for the
PRE-CONFERENCE BRIEFING

January 2020, Nashville, TN


SUMMARY: This resolution pertains to three prolonged military occupations that are in violation of international law: Turkey's occupation of Northern Cyprus, Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara, and Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. All of these occupations involve illegal colonization of the occupied territory, all deny the occupied population their right to self-determination, and the United Nations has called for all three to end. 

     The resolution calls for United Methodist boards, agencies and investment managers to exclude investment in the government bonds of these three occupying powers. (#20539; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 1, P. 188)

 Petition #20267 supports the above resolution. It calls for amendment of Paragraph 717 in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which is titled Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investment. Paragraph 717 lays out some of the UMC's major investment policies. Petition #20267 would add the following text to that paragraph: "United Methodist institutions should similarly not hold sovereign or government debt in states conducting prolonged military occupations as they violate international law and human rights standards."

(#20267; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 2, P. 657)
To see full text on our website, download the resolution and petition,

and LEARN MORE on this subject:CLICK HERE


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Summaries of our

GC 2020 Legislation

The same summaries

you find on our GC2020

website page and with

each endorsement form,

in one 4-page file.

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PETITION #20267
Amend ¶717 in the UMC Book of Discipline: "Sustainable  and Socially Responsible Investment"
 


"PROTECTING THE RIGHT

TO PEACEFULLY ADDRESS INJUSTICE"

OTHER LEGISLATION SUBMITTED BY UMKR

SUMMARY: Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children are detained by Israeli military forces, taken out of occupied territory into Israel, interrogated without any adult to help them, and physically abused. This treatment of Palestinian children has been documented over decades by world-respected organizations.
     The United States is the only member of the United Nations that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In recent years, legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to prevent US military aid from financing Israeli military abuse of Palestinian children.
  
    This resolution calls on the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), in consultation with Global Ministries (GBGM) and United Methodist Women (UMW), to formulate recommendations for how United Methodists can take action on this issue, and in particular, how to advocate with lawmakers and leaders worldwide and especially in the United States.  (#20622; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 1, P. 285)
To see the full text on our website, download the resolution,
and
LEARN MOREwith resources on this subject:CLICK HERE

"EXCLUDE GOVERNMENT

DEBT OF COUNTRIES INVOLVED IN PROLONGED MILITARY OCCUPATIONS"


SUMMARY: Boycotts have been useful tools for social change, used by the UMC and other religious communities.  Boycott campaigns are an expression of our political beliefs and are a protected form of speech in the US and many other nations. Today, that right to free speech is under attack. Laws are being adopted that would impose penalties on individuals and businesses for engaging in boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns that pertain to Israel or Israeli policies.
     The United Methodist Church has called for a global ban on products from Israeli settlements in occupied territory. Wespath, the church’s Board of Pensions, has put five Israeli banks on a ‘No Buy’ list, due to violations of Palestinians human rights (supporting the illegal Israeli settlements.)

     In this resolution, the UMC “opposes any interference by any local, regional, or national government in our right to address injustice through nonviolent economic means.” The church also urges all members and church bodies to contact local and national government leaders to advocate against this suppression of our rights.
(#20613; ADCA, Vol 2, Section 1, P. 189)

To see the full text on our website, download the resolution,
and
LEARN MORE with resources on this subject:CLICK HERE

COMING SOON...
A digital and print booklet on all the UMKR-supported legislation, in the four official languages of General Conference: English, French, Kiswahili, and Portuguese.

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 URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!


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Please give as generously as you can, and know

that whatever you are able to give will be greatly appreciated.

Please support our legislation  with your endorsement.   ▶︎

"CHILD INCARCERATION"