Presbyterians For Middle East Peace

Pastors and elders for responsible and effective Middle East peacemaking policies

 

Must See Videos

Videos of the presentations from the Presbyterians for Middle East Peace breakfast meeting at the 2012 GA, Partnering for Middle East Peace, are now available for viewing.

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General Assembly Overture 22

Overture 22, from the Presbytery of New Covenant with concurrence from the Presbytery of Santa Barbara, calls for a two-state solution (two states for two peoples) in Israel-Palestine, recognizing the rights and obligations of both Israelis and Palestinians.

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Addressing the Issues

 

The True Agenda: the End of the Jewish State of Israel

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The Sound of a Forest Growing

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Palestinian-Israeli cooperation advances peace

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On the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

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Presbyterian Outook Debate: Investment versus Divestment

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On the Crisis in Egypt and the Middle East

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Sowing the Seeds of Peace

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 Investment versus Boycott: Important facts to consider

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The facts on Caterpillar Tractor

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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction: Lacking a Consensus 

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The "apartheid" charge against Israel is wrong, is unjust, and will not advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. 

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The Middle East “Road Map to Peace”calls for a two state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  

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Two Essential Principles for Presbyterian peacemaking in the Middle East 

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The Kairos Palestine document is seriously flawed, and should be approached carefully. 

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Advancing a Just Peace is an integrated compilation of the issues for consideration at the General Assembly.  

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PFMEP General Assembly Breakfast

Peacemaking or BDS
Which path will we take?
General Assembly Attendees are invited to enjoy a full breakfast and listen to our speakers discuss responsible and effective Middle East peacemaking policies.
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 am Marriott Hotel – $10
sign-ups available on the PC(USA) GA website until May 30. After May 30 e-mail gary.green@pfmep.org for reservations

A Call for Christian Action

The Presbyterian Church (USA) “online  bookstore”  recently began distributing a “congregational study guide” titled “Zionism Unsettled”, which was produced by the Israel Palestine Mission Network.  We are deeply troubled by this document and the public perception that the PC(USA) supports and endorses its content.

PFMEP has issued two recent statements on “Zionism Unsettled”: A call for Justice and Tolerance in Israel and Palestine and A Christian Response to “Zionism Unsettled”We urge you to read Rev. Chris Leighton’s assessment of this document: An Open Letter to the Presbyterian Church.

We also urge you to carefully read two new two new statements from Presbyterians on “Zionism Unsettled”:

 Statement of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group (EIWG) of Chicago Presbytery on Zionism Unsettled

 A Statement on "Zionism Unsettled" from Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary

The Board and Executive Staff of the Presbyterian Mission Agency are entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that materials distributed by the PC(USA) are consistent with General Assembly policy and core Christian values. “Zionism Unsettled” is in direct opposition to established General Assembly policy calling for the legitimate rights of both Palestinians and Israelis to be recognized. The study guide reveals a desire by some in our denomination to deny the right of the Jewish people to a homeland in Israel.

As Christians we are called to speak the truth, oppose prejudice and promote tolerance, coexistence and reconciliation. “Zionism Unsettled” violates all of these essential tenets of Christian conduct. It instead exacerbates polarization and interfaith distrust at a time when effective Christian peacemaking is needed, while intensifying the divisions within the PC(USA).  PFMEP believes that immediate action by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to disassociate itself and the PC(USA) from the "Zionist Unsettled" study guide is necessary for the peace, unity, and purity of the PC(USA) and for valued interfaith relationships.

Dr. King on Israel

While the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best recognized as a champion of the American civil rights movement, his wisdom and vision extended beyond the borders of the United States to all of humanity. Dr. King was an outspoken supporter of Israel’s right to exist, and the right of the Jewish people to a homeland.

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A Moment of Truth

Misleading and Harmful: the "Palestinian Loss of Land" Maps and Ethnic Cleansing

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The “maps” shown above have been widely circulated by the BDS movement, and they are misleading and dishonest. They appear in the “Zionism Unsettled” study guide. They appear on the websites of the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF). They also appear in the supporting materials for the BDS overtures submitted to the 2014 Presbyterian General Assembly.

The intent of the maps is clear: to falsely demonstrate an “ethnic cleansing” that did not occur, one perpetrated by the “colonizer” Jews upon “indigenous” Arabs (the incendiary words “colonizer”, “indigenous”, and “ethnic cleansing” are used repeatedly in BDS literature).

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Boycott or Investment: The SodaStream Plant in the West Bank

  • The SodaStream plant in the West Bank has been targetted for boycott by the BDS (Boycott, DIvest, and Sanction) Movement.  What boycott advocates fail to point out is that the SodaStream plant employs a substantial number of local Palestinians.  They too, have a right to earn a living, and a right to be heard.  View the video below and see that the boycott versus investment debate is not as simple as sometimes depicted.

PFMEP Fact Check

Much of the material presented on Israel/Palestine comes from advocates of either Palestinian or Israeli narratives. PFMEP Fact Check is a new web page dedicated to addressing the accuracy and completeness of facts presented, and assertions made by, various parties to the debate.  

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Timeline and background on Presbyterian General Assembly positions on the Israeli/Palestinian Confli

The Middle East has been an area of deep concern to General Assemblies ever since the 1948 PCUSA Assembly declared:  ". . . We believe that a solution to the problem will be achieved only by a return to the principle of faithful devotion to the welfare, needs, and rights of both the Jewish and Arab peoples . . ."  (PCUSA, 1948, p. 203).

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News and Commentary

Insights from our partners in peacemaking

Presbyterians for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Relations (PCJCMR) responds to "Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace"

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Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem - October 6, 2013

Join with fellow Christians across the globe as we take time on October 6, 2013 to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We encourage everyone to make prayer a daily part of their work for peace in the Middle East.

 

Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.

Psalm 122:6

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Additional Resources

For more information on effective peacemaking in the Middle East, we provide several links to resources we think will be helpful

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