This spring, in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would proceed with formal annexation of significant parts of the West Bank as early as July 1, CMEP launched our Churches Against Annexation campaign to ensure there was a clear Christian voice opposing annexation. Throughout the summer, we have continued our advocacy with Congressional offices, bringing the voices of all of our supporters along with us as we press Congress to ensure U.S. policy does not provide diplomatic cover for or fund annexation. As of this writing, the Israeli government has not yet proceeded with formal annexation, though Prime Minister Netanyahu recently made clear in an interview that he remains committed to his annexation plans.
It is critically important we continue to speak out against annexation. U.S. policy should encourage a resolution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine that will result in equality and human rights for all. The unilateral Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank would entrench inequalities and abuses of Palestinians’ human rights for the foreseeable future. We invite you (individuals and churches) to join us in opposing annexation by adding your name to the public statement we are issuing as part of our Churches Against Annexation campaign. The full statement is below.
We invite you to share this with others in your network who might be interested in signing. If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let CMEP know you're interested in hosting a Pilgrimate to Peace (P2P) event in the future!
While we aren't sure when we will be travelling and speaking in person again, we are looking forward to the days when that can happen. In the meantime, we are asking which of our supporters would be interested in hosting events in their communities. Learn more and fill out a P2P interest form.
On Tuesday, August 18 Kyle Cristofalo, CMEP's Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, spoke on Sabeel's Kumi Now Webinar. Kyle spoke about CMEP's Churches Against Annexation campaign and provided the latest updates regarding Congressional responses to the proposed annexation of large parts of the West Bank.
The Search for Peace & Justice in the Holy Land: A Small Group Curriculum
As fall approaches, we know you might not be able to gather in person for small group meetings. Fortunately, CMEP's small group study can be done online! Learn more about the curriculum and how you and your small group can implement it from your individual homes today!
Advocating for a peaceful end to the conflict can seem like a daunting task, but you do have the power to enact change. From meeting with your congressional representatives to writing a letter to the editor in your local newspaper, there are many steps you can take to be an advocate.