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, 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 True Agenda: the End of the Jewish State of Israel

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The Sound of a Forest Growing

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Palestinian-Israeli cooperation advances peace

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On the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

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Presbyterian Outook Debate: Investment versus Divestment

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On the Crisis in Egypt and the Middle East

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Sowing the Seeds of Peace

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 Investment versus Boycott: Important facts to consider

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The facts on Caterpillar Tractor

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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction: Lacking a Consensus 

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The "apartheid" charge against Israel is wrong, is unjust, and will not advance the cause of peace in the Middle East. 

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The Middle East “Road Map to Peace”calls for a two state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  

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Two Essential Principles for Presbyterian peacemaking in the Middle East 

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The Kairos Palestine document is seriously flawed, and should be approached carefully. 

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Advancing a Just Peace is an integrated compilation of the issues for consideration at the General Assembly.  

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Presbyterians for Middle East Peace condemn violence and repression in Syria

 

Presbyterians for Middle East Peace call on all people of faith and in particular the Presbyterian Church (USA) to condemn Syria's escalating violence and repression directed against its people. The international community and our faith based institutions can no longer remain silent. 

To date, in the last 8 months, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations estimate that over 3500 people have been killed by the Syrian government acting through the Syrian military and security services. We have seen compelling evidence of arbitrary executions, excessive use of force, including but not limited to arbitrary detentions, torture, enforced disappearances, indiscriminate use of snipers at peaceful protests and funerals, the systematic persecution of protesters and human rights defenders, as well as numerous instances of crimes against children.

A few weeks ago Human Rights Watch officially accused the Assad regime of "crimes against humanity."

In an unprecedented move, the Arab League approved major economic sanctions against Syria.  The League took this action after Syria failed to accept a League deadline to allow hundreds of observers into the country as part of a peace agreement Syria accepted earlier this month to end the crisis. 

The United States and the European Union have already imposed significant sanctions against Syria.

In mid-November United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn "continued grave and systemic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities."

As Syria's long-time friend, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan of Turkey stated: the time has come for President Bashar Assad to step down for the welfare of his own people. The time has also come to implement the Arab League peace plan: to pull all troops from Syria's cities and open the country to the Arab League observer mission to monitor and promote observance of human rights.


 

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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