This month we are excited to offer a number of opportunities for you, including the chance to use your voice to make a difference in the lives of Palestinians through our latest action alert. Read on for more information about how to engage with CMEP this month.
We have restructured our June summit into a digital conference. You can safely make plans to join us from the comfort of your own home. We look forward to advocating with you for peace and justice!
Annexation is wrong at any time, but it is particularly troubling that Palestinians are faced with such a threat during a global pandemic. If Congress fails to act now, the United States will bear a significant amount of responsibility for the continued disenfranchisement of Palestinian rights and for the continuation of the conflict. Instead of giving the greenlight to the confiscation of Palestinian land, the United States Government should help facilitate an end to the conflict that will result in full equality and human rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
We have just over two months to act before the likely annexation vote in the Knesset. Absent leadership from the Administration, Congress must send a decisive message that it will not support or stand by while Israel moves forward with annexation.
Take Action: Middle East Advocacy Materials during COVID-19
We at CMEP hope you and your family remain in good health and spirits during these challenging times. CMEP is committed to continuing our work to advocate for a just and lasting end to the conflict in Israel-Palestine and to working toward peace in all parts of the Middle East. We know COVID-19 will have a disproportionate impact on those already marginalized, including Palestinians living under occupation throughout East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Congress and the Administration must take immediate action to ensure U.S. policy helps end the occupation and alleviate the suffering of Palestinians.
In the coming weeks and months, we will offer educational and advocacy opportunities related to CMEP’s core priorities 1) Holistic Peacebuilding 2) Humanitarian and Economic Assistance 3) Human Rights. During this time of physical distancing, we encourage you to reach out to your elected officials to demand they enact policies that will help contribute to a just future for all in Israel/Palestine.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), gathers with Christian leaders from across the Middle East weekly during Eastertide 2020 for Eastertide Meditations, a series of conversations designed to bring us from the resurrection of Easter Sunday to Pentecost.
Rev. Dr. Cannon and her guests discuss how Christians in the Middle East are doing during this challenging time and answer the question: What is the need that American Christians can help with in your work? You’ll leave each session with practical steps that will point to ways you can advocate for peace and justice. Each session ends with a led prayer.
Our social justice advocacy needs to move beyond the limits of likes, sharing, and click-rates. On CMEP executive director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon’s podcast, #Activism, she talks about what it means to be a Christian responding to the needs of the world.
Episode 3: #COVID-19 & #Middle East: After years of terrorism and war, many countries in the Middle East are ill-prepared for a global pandemic. Carla Khijoyan, the Programme Executive for the Middle East at the World Council of Churches, joins host Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon to discuss how the Arab world is responding to the novel coronavirus, and provides insight for how Christians can help those in need on the other side of the globe.
Episode 4:#Israel, #Palestine, #JointMemorial2020: Join Rev. Dr. Cannon as she discusses the 70 year conflict between Palestine and Israel. That’s where Combatants of Peace comes in – a group of Palestinians and Israelis, urging the region to seek peace. Mae talks with Sulaiman Khatib and Tuly Flint of Combatants of Peace about what those of us across the world can do to aid those most affected by this ongoing conflict.
Webinar: Church Activism and Middle East Peace in the Shadow of COVID-19
A conversation with Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, regarding church activism during the coronavirus pandemic. Jonathan Kuttab, a Human Rights Lawyer and Non-resident fellow at Arab Center Washington DC conducted the interview via video conference.
Watch: Faith and Activism. Freedom or Oppression. A Digital Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P) Event.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and speakers from Combatants for Peace dialogue about constructive conflict, peace, advocacy, and the reality of life in Israel and Palestine.
Public Statement: CMEP Opposes Israeli Annexation and Secretary Pompeo's Greenlighting on Behalf of U.S.
Unilateral annexation of Palestinian land in the West Bank is in direct contravention of international law and conventions, and would likely mark the end of any possible just and lasting resolution to the conflict. If Congress fails to act now, the United States will bear a significant amount of responsibility for the continued disenfranchisement of Palestinian rights and for the continuation of the conflict.Unilateral annexation of Palestinian land in the West Bank is in direct contravention of international law and conventions, and would likely mark the end of any possible just and lasting resolution to the conflict. If Congress fails to act now, the United States will bear a significant amount of responsibility for the continued disenfranchisement of Palestinian rights and for the continuation of the conflict.
Listen Now: Women Behind the Wall: The Intersection of COVID-19 and the Occupation
CMEP co-sponsored the latest episode of the Women Behind the Wall podcast titled:A Special Episode: The Intersection of COVID-19 and the Occupation.The producers share that the episode highlights, "the impact of the novel coronavirus in our context, and more specifically, on Palestinian women and men living under occupation." Take a listen to hear from everyday people affected by the virus.
You won't hear these stories anywhere else. Please listen at the podcast websiteor on iTunes, and share with your friends! #WomenBehindTheWall #coronavirus #COVID19
*CMEP does not necessarily agree with all the views expressed here, and those interviewed do not speak on CMEP’s behalf.
CMEP Appoints Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations
CMEP is pleased to announce the promotion of Kyle Cristofalo as our new head of D.C. office and Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations and special advisor to the executive director. Kyle has been with CMEP for three years, previously serving as the Director of Advocacy and Government Relations.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) seeks inquisitive, independent, and enthusiastic interns interested in working for peace regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through supporting and equipping grassroots advocacy and education. Interns are essential to our work and receive mentoring and valuable experience through their internship. Now accepting applications for Summer 2020.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore all charitable donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.