UMKR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS & ISSUES
H.R. 2590: Palestinian Children and Families Act
In April 2021, Rep. Betty McCollum and 13 colleagues introduced the most comprehensive bill Congress has seen to address the violations of Palestinian human rights. The full title of HR 2590 is Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.
The bill seeks to ensure that the US is no longer complicit in Israel’s crimes against millions of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This legislation would ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars aren’t used by the Israeli government to imprison and torture Palestinian children, steal and destroy Palestinian homes and property, or further annex Palestinian land. Learn more
Stop Jerusalem Expulsions
Israel has plans underway for widescale ethnic cleansing in occupied East Jersualem, with forced expulsions and home demolitionis that could target hundreds of families, thousands of Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and other historically Palestinian neighborhoods.
This is part of Israel’s larger plan of racist colonial expansion throughout the West Bank including East Jerusalem, displacing Palestinian families from their land and homes and replacing them with illegal Israeli settlements. Learn more and take action to save families and neighborhoods in Jerusalem
Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children
One of the most disturbing aspects of Israel's military occupation is the toll it takes on Palestinian children growing up under this oppressive regime. Hundreds of children every year are abused by Israeli military, processed through Israel's military court system, and incarcerated in military prisons.
Learn more about the systemic violations of Palestinian children's human rights
and find opportunities for action. See more
Protecting the Right to Boycott
The right to address and correct injustice with economic action like boycotts and divestment is in danger in many places that claim to uphold democratic values. In the US, dozens of states have laws that seek to penalize boycott and divestment actions that support Palestinian rights. Learn more about this crucial area of political organizing and how you can get involved. See 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, events, 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 withoutUMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.
General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make an impact for Palestinian rights throughout our denomination, on four continents.
But if we are to succeed advocating for justice
with over 5000 United Methodists who come to General Conference from around the world...
WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!
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makes a difference in our work!
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for our work to continue.
UMKR needs your support
General Conference 2020 has been
scheduled for Aug-Sept 2022. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs
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UMKR RESOURCES, LETTERS, STATEMENTS
UMKR Briefing Paper on Anti-BDS Legislation
See & download this paper
United Methodist Western Jurisdiction
Opposes Anti-BDS Legislation - July 2016
UMKR commends UN Security Council resolution, US role in its passage, and Secretary of State Kerry's statement - December 2016 See & download the statement
Quakers' Letter to Hillary Clinton and UMKR Endorsement
See & download them
UMKR's Letter to Hillary Clinton on BDS
See & download the letter
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FAITH LEADERS' LETTERS & STATEMENTS
Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) letter to Biden and Blinken, urging them to reconsider U.S. policies regarding Hamas
– June 2021
Download this letter
13 Christian organizations write to U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to "stop the imminent displacement" of thousands in Jerusalem – April 2021
Download this letter
17 Christian Organizations write to President-elect Biden urging him to change the course of U.S. policy on Israel/Palestine, lay out six priorities – December 2020
Download this letter
26 Christian Leaders write to Members of Congress in Support of H.R. 2407, to end U.S. funding for child incarceration in Israel/Palestine or anywhere – November 2019
See the letter, take action to support it
18 Christian denominations and organizations to U.S. Congress: Restore US funding for UNRWA and bilateral programs
– March 2019
Ecumenical Letter to Pres. Trump: Restore funding, stop politicizing humanitarian aid
– February 2019
See the letter
21 Organizations' Letter on Gaza to
U.S. State Department - December 2014
15 Christian Leaders' Letter to Congress
on U.S. Military Aid to Israel - October 2012