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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Kairos Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process

Promotion of the Kairos Palestine document has become a major focus of the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Movement, and has been presented to several Christian church bodies, including the PCUSA, for endorsement.  We believe that the document should be approached carefully.  Some elements of Kairos Palestine are consistent with a Christian perspective on peacemaking, while much of  the document's content is controversial, and, many would argue, counterproductive to advancement of peace in the Middle East.

Our goal is to provide our readers with material to help them make their own assessment of Kairos Palestine, and develop a reasoned and thoughtful response.  Below are several articles we think will be helpful:

Disentangling Kairos Palestine  provides an overview of the controversy surrounding Kairos Palestine. 

The Kairos Palestine Document and PCUSA's Response: Time for a Candid Discussion  discusses Kairos Palestine and the approach the PCUSA has taken to the document.

Where We Are  is an article by Rev. Dr. John Wimberly, who is co-moderator of Presbyterians for Middle East Peace.

An "Opportune" Moment of Historical Revisionism  is an article by Ethan Felson.  Ethan is Vice President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).  We at Presbyterians for Middle East Peace believe that effective communication with the American Jewish community can be beneficial in the cause of advancing Middle East peace, and has often been inadequate in past PCUSA deliberations on Middle East peacemaking.  

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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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