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.
PFMEP General Assembly Breakfast
221st Presbyterian General Assembly
Some Unvarnished Truth: Reflections on the General Assembly
PFMEP Peacemaking Breakfast videos now available
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Why Divestment should be rejected
Divestment is not an isolated initiative. It is a major initiative of the international Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement. If Israel-targeted divestment is approved, BDS leaders will claim PC(USA) has joined its ranks. The BDS movement is not a peace movement. It is not a movement seeking to reform Israel’s policies. It is a movement seeking to undo the world’s 1948 decision to support the creation of the nation of Israel.
The Children of Sderot
In discussions of Israel-Palestine, we Presbyterians hear frequently the call to “end the occupation”. Too often left out of the discussion, however, is the fact that for the 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip (about 40% of the Palestinian population), the occupation did in fact end almost 10 years ago. Israel voluntarily withdrew all security forces from Gaza in 2005. All Jewish residents left at the same time, and not a single Jew resides in Gaza today. There is no occupation in Gaza, and there are no Jewish settlements.
Voices for Peace
Ending the occupation and conflict is a goal, not a plan. The two-state solution, two states for two peoples, is a plan. Palestinians deserve freedom and self-determination, and Israelis deserve security. We asked two Israelis whose lives have been forever changed by senseless violence to tell us about their experience, the importance of reconciliation, and their hopes for the future. Click here to view videos they recorded for us last week.
A Call for Christian Action
The Presbyterian Church (USA) “online bookstore” recently began distributing a “congregational study guide” titled “Zionism Unsettled”, which was produced by the Israel Palestine Mission Network. We are deeply troubled by this document and the public perception that the PC(USA) supports and endorses its content.
PFMEP has issued two recent statements on “Zionism Unsettled”: A call for Justice and Tolerance in Israel and Palestine and A Christian Response to “Zionism Unsettled”. We urge you to read Rev. Chris Leighton’s assessment of this document: An Open Letter to the Presbyterian Church.
We also urge you to carefully read two new two new statements from Presbyterians on “Zionism Unsettled”:
Statement of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group (EIWG) of Chicago Presbytery on Zionism Unsettled
A Statement on "Zionism Unsettled" from Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary
A Moment of Truth
Misleading and Harmful: the "Palestinian Loss of Land" Maps and Ethnic Cleansing
The “maps” shown above have been widely circulated by the BDS movement, and they are misleading and dishonest. They appear in the “Zionism Unsettled” study guide. They appear on the websites of the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF). They also appear in the supporting materials for the BDS overtures submitted to the 2014 Presbyterian General Assembly.
The intent of the maps is clear: to falsely demonstrate an “ethnic cleansing” that did not occur, one perpetrated by the “colonizer” Jews upon “indigenous” Arabs (the incendiary words “colonizer”, “indigenous”, and “ethnic cleansing” are used repeatedly in BDS literature).
Dr. King on Israel
While the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best recognized as a champion of the American civil rights movement, his wisdom and vision extended beyond the borders of the United States to all of humanity. Dr. King was an outspoken supporter of Israel’s right to exist, and the right of the Jewish people to a homeland.
Boycott or Investment: The SodaStream Plant in the West Bank
PFMEP Fact Check
Timeline and background on Presbyterian General Assembly positions on the Israeli/Palestinian Confli
The Middle East has been an area of deep concern to General Assemblies ever since the 1948 PCUSA Assembly declared: ". . . We believe that a solution to the problem will be achieved only by a return to the principle of faithful devotion to the welfare, needs, and rights of both the Jewish and Arab peoples . . ." (PCUSA, 1948, p. 203).
News and Commentary
Presbyterian Outlook, April 23, 2014
April 22, 2014
Washington Post., April 1, 2014
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A., March 19, 2014
Religion News Service, March 4, 2014
Religion News Service, February 13, 2014
February 4, 2014
January 8, 2014
Presbyterian Outlook, April 10, 2013
April 10, 2013
New York Times
Christian Science Monitor
How to help the Palestinians
The Christian Century
Episcopal News Service