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.
PFMEP Fact Check: Caterpillar Tractor
The Caterpillar Tractor Company is the number one target of the global Boycott, Divest, Sanction (
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
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:
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.
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