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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Statement of Principles

 

The best path forward is the two-state Solution

We believe that majorities in both Israel and Palestine want peace and want it sooner rather than later. Operating on that assumption, the best path to peace is the “two-state solution”, with Israel the homeland of the Jewish people and Palestine the homeland of the Palestinian people. The borders between Israel and Palestine should be negotiated between parties with fair and sensible land swaps that include considerations for Israel’s future security and Palestine’s economic viability.

Ending the conflict comes first

We strongly believe that an end to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a necessary condition for creation of a Palestinian state, and that the conflict is the root cause of the Israeli military presence in and around the disputed Palestinian territories. If there were no conflict, there would be no occupation.

Both peoples must embrace peace

We believe that peace can only be achieved when both the people of Israel and the Palestinian people broadly support a peaceful two-state solution. These are necessary conditions, and only then can government leaders of both sides successfully negotiate the final details of peace.

Pluralism and tolerance benefit everyone

We believe that both Israel and the future state of Palestine will benefit from embracing pluralism and policies of non-discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or religion.

Progress toward peace should be recognized and supported

We endorse Palestinian efforts directed at discouraging violence, building civil institutions and promoting civil rights, establishing the rule of law, promoting democracy, and expanding economic opportunity. We believe that both Palestinian and Israeli leaders, and the international community, deserve recognition and gratitude for the substantial progress made.

The threats and barriers to peace cannot be ignored

We believe it is wrong to trivialize or ignore the fact that Israel today faces factions and groups that openly call for the Jewish State’s violent destruction and threaten it’s people. Groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah are the primary obstacle to the two-state solution and make the Israeli military presence in and around Palestinian territories necessary. These groups, and others that oppose peace and call for the destruction of Israel, must be rejected by the Palestinian people before a Palestinian state can be created.

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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