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Philip Farah, co-founder of
Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace and of Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace and UMKR Member

Rev. John Wagner, UM Clergy in West Ohio conference, Co-founder and former Convener of UMKR

Evangelical Christians come under attack

as more move to oppose Israeli occupation
by John Wagner - Mondoweiss, Nov 7, 2014

On October 26, 2014, the Jerusalem Post carried an article entitled “Bethlehem Bible College – purveyor of anti-Israel propaganda” in their Christian News section. The Rev. Alex Awad, a Baptist minister who works both for Bethlehem Bible College and The United Methodist Church, was personally named as part of “a blatant attempt to demonize Israel.”   The article goes on to denounce a video the college produced on the bombing of Gaza.

Though not immediately apparent, the writer of the article is on the staff of “Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting,” a controversial US-based, pro-Israeli organization.That the Jerusalem Post felt it necessary to publish this frontal attack on a well known Bible college is actually a good sign.  

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It's time – again – for BDS

to end oppression
by Lloyd Nyarota - Mondoweiss, April 26, 2015

For many Africans, a sense of déjà vu was unavoidable
last month as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed, ‘”Whoever moves to establish a Palestinian state or intends to withdraw from territory is simply yielding territory for radical Islamic terrorist attacks against Israel.” Asked by the Israeli news site NRG if that meant a state would not be established if he remained prime minister, he said: “Indeed.”’ Three days later he won an election with unprecedented support from right wing Israelis.

​When Benjamin Netanyahu made that statement in the run-up to the Israeli election I was reminded of another prime minister, one whose words still echo in the hearts and minds of my fellow Zimbabweans. “There will be no majority rule in my lifetime,” said Ian Smith in 1969. The position of the white minority government in Salisbury had finally been clarified, and the world began to realize how monstrous it had become.  Read more »

Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights

by Alex Awad, December 4, 2015

What are U.S. leader really saying when they use the tired old excuse for Israel's actions - that Israel has a "right to defend itself"?​ A hard-hitting look at what Palestinians are expected to endure, accept and refrain from doing.  Read it

Light Pushes Away Darkness

by Sam Morris, November 21, 2015

Will we choose a path of light or let another path choose us? Morris expresses his reasons for profound sadness over an event at a local UMC church - supporting the oppression of the Palestinians - and concludes with good advice for justice advocates who consider attending such event.  Read it

A Tribute to Hashem Al Azzeh

by Dianne Roe, October 24, 2015
 A former member of the Hebron Peacemaker Team  writes of the life and legacy of a Palestinian activist who steadfastly worked for justice for his people and who lost his life during the current upsurge in violence that is taking such a high toll on Palestinians. 
Read it


Retaining Hope in the Face of Despair:

An Evening with Hind Khoury

by Lisa Bender, September 2015

Hind Khoury, recently appointed Secretary General of Kairos Palestine appeared in many venues this month in a tour organized by UMKR. United Methodists and others heard from this former Palestinian ambassador about the crisis facing the Palestinians as the occupation worsens, the economic hardships and the moral imperative for church members to take meaningful action to support freedom and equality for all the people of the Holy Land.     Read it

Destruction in Wadi Foquin
June 2015 
Residents of this little West Bank Village that is being strangled by a nearby settlement were awakened one morning to see hundreds of their trees being destroyed along with vital water cisterns. Wadi Foquin is a United Methodist Advance Project and is well known to many United Methodists who have visited there.  
Read it

The Win We Didn't Expect

by Rev. John Wagner, May 2012

UMKR co-founder and former Convener John Wagner reflects on the results of General Conference 2012 and what lies ahead for UMKR.  Read it

An Unusual Advocate

by Rev. John Wagner, Nov. 2011

Not all activists look alike; meet a conservative evangelical and commercial banker who is a passionate advocate for justice in Israel/Palestine.  Read it

Palestinian Christians against the occupation
by Philip Farah (see above) - Huffington Post, May 1, 2012

In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren claimed that Christians in Israel are better off than their brethren anywhere else in the Middle East. Two Sundays ago, "60 Minutes" made clear he attempted to intimidate Bob Simon by going over Simon's head to speak to Jeff Fager, the head of CBS News and executive producer of "60 Minutes," to complain that Simon's story on Christian Palestinians was "a hatchet job" against Israel. In fact, it was a hard-hitting, but honest piece in which Simon helped to expose the terrible harm the Israeli occupation -- not Muslim Palestinians as the ambassador claimed -- is doing to Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land. 

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News & Analysis    Articles by UMKR & Members

Rev. Lloyd Nyarota, UMC clergy from Zimbabwe,  former GBCS staff in Africa, and UMKR Member

U.S. Churches and

the Boycott of Israeli Settlements
by Philip Farah - Huffington Post, Dec. 10, 2014

Why are some churches in the U.S. calling for
boycotts and divestment aimed at companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories? The decision last summer of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) to divest church pension funds from three such companies resulted in first-page coverage in The New York Times.  A few weeks ago a grassroots group of pastors and lay members of the United Methodist Church (UMC) launched a holiday-season campaign to boycott products made in Israeli settlements located on occupied Palestinian land.


While this group Methodists is not an official agency of the UMC, it bases its boycott call on a 2012 decision of the policymaking body of the church calling "on all nations to prohibit any financial support by individuals or organizations for the construction and maintenance of settlements; and also to prohibit the import of products made by companies in Israeli settlements." 
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