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.
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.
Addressing the Issues
The Children of Sderot
Middle East Overture Guide
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
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.
As a resource to commissioners at the last several Presbyterian general assemblies, Presbyterians for Middle East Peace invited a number of distinguished speakers to address commissioners on Middle East Peacemaking issues. In 2008, Dennis Ross, who is presently President Barack Obama’s special advisor on the Middle East, provided the assembly his insights on the Middle East via videoconference. While almost three years have past, his observations remain relevant and insightful.
Prior to the 219th GA in 2010, Presbyterian Outlook hosted a debate in Webinar format on Middle East issues, with. Rev. Dr. John Wimberly and Rev. Ron Shive presenting their viewpoints on Middle East peacemaking. The webinar is available in this video archive.
Also for the 219th GA, Jim Woolsey, a Presbyterian with a distinguished record of public service, addressed the assembly via videotape. He has a deep understanding of the challenges to peace in the Middle East, and provides guidance on furthering, not hindering, the peace process. His comments also remain timely and relevant.
Finally, Presbyterians for Middle East Peace hosted a breakfast at the 219th GA with three distinguished speakers: Rev. Dr. Byron Schaefer, Rev. Dr. Katherine Henderson, and Rachel Lerner, Vice President of J Street, a Jewish American organization advocating a peaceful two-state solution. All three speakers provided valuable perspective to the commissioners attending the breakfast, and their comment. remain quite relevant today.
All of the speakers addressed both broad issues and a report presented to the 219th General Assembly, the Middle East Study Committee (MESC) report. The MESC report was presented to the Assembly by it’s authors with a formal request for endorsement by the Assembly. PFMEP and all of our guest speakers opposed the endorsement of this document. The Assembly rejected the request for endorsement, instead choosing to “receive” the MESC report as the views of it’s authors, not of the Presbyterian Church. We hope you enjoy the videos.