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.
Addressing the Issues
Sowing the Seeds of Peace
Controversy on Israel aid intensifies and threatens interfaith cooperation
Letter to U.S. Congress Generates Controversy
Investment versus Boycott: Important facts to consider
The facts on Caterpillar Tractor
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction: Lacking a Consensus
The "apartheid" charge against Israel is wrong, is unjust, and will not advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.
The Middle East “Road Map to Peace”calls for a two state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Two Essential Principles for Presbyterian peacemaking in the Middle East
The Kairos Palestine document is seriously flawed, and should be approached carefully.
Advancing a Just Peace is an integrated compilation of the issues for consideration at the General Assembly.
"When there are efforts to boycott or divest from Israel, we will stand against them. And whenever an effort is made to de-legitimize the state of Israel, my Administration has opposed them."
President Barack Obama, March, 2012
Boycott or Investment: The SodaStream Plant in the West Bank
The 220th Presbyterian General Assembly
As we approached the 220th Presbyterian General Assembly in Pittsburgh this July, we had four major goals:
1.That the Assembly would embrace a role as peacemakers, not as advocates for one people consumed by condemnation of the other.
2.That the Assembly would act in a manner that advances peace with a credible voice.
3. That a clear and consistent policy message would be developed and accurately communicated.
4.That our peacemaking efforts would not damage Jewish-PCUSA relations at the local congregational level.
The policy embraced by the Assembly, which stressed positive investment, dialogue, and reconciliation, represented substantial and encouraging progress toward those goals.
PFMEP Fact Check
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).
News and Commentary
Presbyterian Outlook, April 10, 2013
April 10, 2013
New York Times
Christian Science Monitor
How to help the Palestinians
The Christian Century
Episcopal News Service