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.
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.
Addressing the Issues
The True Agenda: the End of the Jewish State of Israel
The Sound of a Forest Growing
Palestinian-Israeli cooperation advances peace
On the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
Presbyterian Outook Debate: Investment versus Divestment
On the Crisis in Egypt and the Middle East
Sowing the Seeds of Peace
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.
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.
A Moment of Truth
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).
Boycott or Investment: The SodaStream Plant in the West Bank
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
Religion News Service, March 4, 2014
Presbyterian Study Guide Equates Zionism with Racism
Religion News Service, February 13, 2014
February 4, 2014
January 8, 2014
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