Presbyterians For Middle East Peace

Pastors and elders for responsible and effective Middle East peacemaking policies

 

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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 (Item 04-04 on the GA Middle East Committee agenda), 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 Children of Sderot 

 

 Middle East Overture Guide  

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Why divestment should be rejected 
The Accusations of Overture 17 

 

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

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 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.  

 

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PFMEP Fact Check: Caterpillar Tractor

The Caterpillar Tractor Company is the number one target of the global Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement. The company is targeted for divestment because it provides bulldozers to the United States government that are then re-sold to the government of Israel and utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). BDS literature is filled with accusations that Caterpillar bulldozers are tools of a large scale, systematic campaign to destroy the homes and property of Palestinian families. Investigating these accusations, we think the facts tell a quite different story.

Suicide bombings and home demolitions

For several years Israel maintained a controversial policy of demolishing the homes of suicide bombers as a form of deterrence. Suicide bombers were frequently teenagers who were told of financial incentives for their families for their acts, including funds for family homes. Israel abolished this policy in 2005 (New York Times 2/18/05). To the best of our knowledge, no such demolitions have occurred since then.

Demolition of illegally constructed structures

The government of Israel requires building permits for residential construction and demolitions are sometimes mandated for illegal construction. These demolitions have averaged less than 200 per year in recent years. Some of the structures are temporary structures, sometimes converted shipping containers and other structures without normal residential requirements such as plumbing. Because of the sharp focus on this issue Israeli policy is to keep such demolitions at a minimum (Israel Suspends Demolitions September 2011). 

The Palestinian Housing and Construction Boom

Absent from the BDS narrative is the construction boom currently underway in the West Bank. In 2011 over 33,000 housing units were constructed for Palestinians, more than were constructed in Israel in 2010. 25% of total housing units in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been built since 2007 (Building Boom in West Bank, Ramallah Building Boom symbolizes West Bank growth, Palestinians building new airport in West Bank).  Also under development is the Palestinian Authority’s first planned city, Rawabi , a $700 million project with housing for 40,000 Palestinians. Rawabi is being designed as a high tech center, one of the industries fueling economic growth for Palestinians. The photo below is of the Rawabi construction project underway (note the brand of construction equipment being used):

 

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The photograph below was taken at a recent event at the Caterpillar dealership in Ramallah to celebrate the purchase and delivery of Caterpillar equipment to a local Palestinian government agency:

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We urge you to visit the website of the Palestinian Caterpillar dealer, Palestinian Tractor, and read about the vision and excitement of Palestinians as they build their future.

 Summary

A visitor to the West Bank today is much more likely to see Caterpillar equipment being used to build homes and essential infrastructure for Palestinians than to witness demolitions. There is no evidence of a systematic campaign to deprive Palestinians of places to live. If there is a secret Israeli plan to do so, it is a spectacular failure.

While the idea of divestment of Caterpillar stock is a focal point of BDS advocates, Palestinian construction contractors have no apparent issue purchasing and using Caterpillar equipment, and we know of no effort on the part of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian construction companies, or Palestinian construction workers to boycott Caterpillar products. Why then, should the PCUSA divest their Caterpillar stock?

 

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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