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John G.    Farah
Kameel    Farah
Nabil    Farah
Philip    Farah
Randa    Farah
Nabil    FarahNabilF
Naim    Frangieh
Aida    Friedenreich
Leatrice    Fung
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Faris    Ghawi
Kyle    Gibson
Huda    Giddens
Nahida    Gordon
Lynn    Grassmeyer
Fred    Hadeed
Hanna    Hallak
Hanna    Hanania
Jacqueline    Husary
Leila    Jallad
Samantha    Jaser
Sami    Joseph
Issa    Kamar
Aida    Karaoglan
Faris    Kassis
Mousa    Kassis
Rifat    Kassis
Suhail    Kassis
Basem    Khader
Mona    Khalidi
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Hanan    Khamis
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Issam    Khoury
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Rana    Khoury
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Samia    Khoury
Emile    Khuri

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Tarek    Saba
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Grace    Said
Karem    Sakallah
Tony    Salameh
Anis    Salib
Nicolas    Sayegh
Marta    Schellberg
Lois    Schlachter
Dale and Betty    Schwicker
Kareem    Sharabi
Awad Paul    Sifri
Lorna    Simpson
Aida    Suidan
Isam    Suleiman
Sandra    Tamari
Steve    Tamari
Karam    Tannous
Nadya    Tannous
John    Theodory
Paul    Totah
John    Van Hagen
J.W.    VanLeenhoff
Mona    Wahbeh
Yvonne    Wall
Nicholas    Walrath
Nicholas    Walrath
Diane    Wong
Ghada    Young
Munir    Zacharia
Suhail    Zarou
Miriam    Zouzounis
Bianca    Isaias
Sulaiman    Naim
Peter    Shanab

Fuad    Abboud
May    Abboud
Samir    Abu Rahmeh
Rev. Fahed    AbuAkel
Elias    Abugattas
Ghada    Ackall
Ilkka    Afcarlstan
Joyce    Ajlouny
Sandra    Alarja
Jacob    Araj
Huwaida    Arraf
Hala    Asfour
Jennifer    Atala
Munir    Atalla
Siham    Atalla
Sergio    Atallah
Rev.  Dr. Naim Ateek
Bishara    Awad
Niveen    Ayesh
Layali    Azar
Bassam    Azzam
Edward    Badeen
Jason    Bajalia
Romana    Bandack
Saed    Bannoura
Elijah    Batchelor
Douglas    Baty
Amahl    Bishara
Elias    Botto
Kamal    Boullata
Rita    Boulos
David    Burgdorf
Layla    Cable
Elaine    Chorley
Mayy    Cross
Hanna    Danfoura
Violette    DeSimini
Edith    Downing
Cedar    Duaybis
Ernest    Far
George    Farah

Nadeem    Khuri
Randa    Khuri
Marilyn    King
Laila    Kouchakji
Jonathan    Kuttab
Myrta    Ladich
Georges    Lammam
Salim    Layous
Laila    Liddy
Daad    Makhlouf
V. Rev. George    Makhlouf
Samir    Mansour
Henry    Marta
Chaz    Mathis
Jay    Mo
Carmen    Mogannam
Ghassan    Monayer
Jan    Moreb
Khaled    Mouammar
Michel    Moushabeck
Nabil    Muallem
Ramzi    Nasir
Amin    Nasser
Sandra    Nasser
Saba    Nicola
Paul    Noursi
Henry    Ode
Thomas    Pauley
Lewis    Porter
Mazin    Qumsiyeh
Loubna    Qutami
Issam    Rafeedie
Antoine    Raffoul
Sam    Rafidi
Hilary    Rantisi
Ramzi    Rihan
Gerard    Rozeck
Amin    Saba
Fadi    Saba
Hanan    Saba
Jack    Saba

Palestinians write to General Conference 2012 delegates,

call for support of UMC divestment
 
  April 2012

Dear Delegates,

Salam, Shalom, Peace.

As Palestinian Christians and other Palestinians in support of the efforts by United Methodist Kairos Response, we write to urge you to vote in favor of Petition # 21071 (Aligning United Methodist Investments with Resolutions on Israel/Palestine.)

The Resolution calls for divesting from three companies: Caterpillar, which profits from the demolition of Palestinian homes and the uprooting of thousands of their olive trees; and Motorola and Hewlett-Packard which help the Israeli military maintain a stifling system of checkpoints and separation walls aimed at expanding illegal Jewish-only settlements on land taken from Palestinians.  For Christians to profit from investing in companies that are causing direct harm to civilians—Christians and Muslims alike—is morally wrong.

In support of this plea for divestment, we quote from the Kairos Palestine Document, which represents the overwhelming sentiment among Palestinian Christians of all denominations:

"We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation…. The cruel circumstances in which the Palestinian Church has lived and continues to live have required the Church to clarify her faith and to identify her vocation… Today, we bear the strength of love rather than that of revenge, a culture of life rather than a culture of death."

The document goes on to quote Scripture: "You have heard it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven…’  [We] endorse nonviolent resistance based on hope and love that puts an end to evil by walking in the ways of justice."

The Palestinian Kairos group calls for justice, peace and security for all Palestinians and Israelis.  It salutes Israeli Jews who have courageously defied their government’s oppressive policies, and invites all Israelis to join in the non-violent struggle to end the Occupation. It clearly endorses divestment, aimed specifically against Israel’s occupation, as an effective means of non-violent resistance. The Palestinian Kairos group reminds us that when the Church of South Africa issued its call for divestment, many churches worldwide rejected that call, proposing, instead, a strategy of "constructive engagement" with the Apartheid regime.  This proved to be an error of judgment, while divestment proved to be invaluable to the South African majority struggle for emancipation.

Many of you may be tempted to support "positive investment" in Palestine as an alternative to divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation. We sincerely believe that no amount of positive investment under Israel’s harsh occupation can truly alleviate the suffering of Palestinians and correct the injustice against them. A case in point was recently reported by The Spiegel online (2/16/12).

"Several small Palestinian villages in the West Bank had been without electricity for decades -- before an Israeli foundation with funding from Europe recently installed solar panels and wind turbines. Now, though, Israel wants to remove the facilities because they are on land under its administration....Projects funded by foreign aid organizations or the EU have often been destroyed in the past, the best known example being the Gaza airport, financed with $38 million from the EU only to be destroyed by Israeli bombs a short time after its construction."

We urge you to heed the call of peace-loving Palestinian Christians and Israelis who deeply believe that nonviolent resistance is the way to end an occupation that scars both peoples.

With thanks for your prayerful consideration,

The Undersigned

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