If you want to be on the right side of history for Israel/Palestine – the side of universal human rights, freedom, and equality – we have TWO important actions for you. Read on...
The Trump administration has released “Peace to Prosperity,” its plan for the future of Israel/Palestine, a proposal that favors only Israel and can never be called a “peace plan.”
The United States has officially aligned itself with the extreme far right in Israel and has embraced their most outrageous demands: ▶︎ total control over all of Jerusalem, with no recognition of any Palestinian claim to this city sacred to three faiths, ▶︎ Israeli sovereignty over large swaths of Palestinian territory, in order to annex the West Bank settlements, ▶︎ annexation of the Jordan Valley, vital farmland for Palestinians and another huge portion of the West Bank, ▶︎ continued isolation for the 2 million Palestinians imprisoned and suffering in Gaza, ▶︎ Palestinians living in the bantustans reserved for them, surrounded and militarily controlled by Israel, with no independence or freedom, and ▶︎ potentially, the forced deportation of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel to those bantustans.
Does this sound a lot like the apartheid regime of South Africa? The president of South Africa has said that too.
This week, 50 leaders in Europe- former Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, and Cabinet members - have issued a statement of deep concern, also making the apartheid comparison. And soon after the Trump plan was announced, this graphic appeared around the internet:
An independent Palestinian state, on a connected piece of land (just 22% of what they had originally), where Palestinians could live in dignity and freedom...is that too much to ask?
The answer in Washington and Tel Aviv is "Yes!" Any hope of self-determination for the Palestinian people has been thrown in the rubbish by Trump, Kushner, Netanyahu and the other architects of this insulting plan.
If you think Trump's plan is too extreme to be taken seriously or acted upon, consider this: Israeli leaders have already said Israel definitely will annex those regions named in the U.S. plan.
The Israeli government is not waiting for Palestinian agreement; they are already mapping out what land should be annexed, with the encouragement of the Trump administration. Truly, the United States has become Israel’s worst friend, a friend that encourages and enables its most destructive tendencies.
All United Methodists, and every person who cares about the Palestinian people and the Israeli people: we are faced with "the fierce urgency of now" as never before.
Even if you have never taken action on this issue before, NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP. Someone recently wrote(about other matters in our denomination), it is time to “do the Luther thing” and say “Here I stand.”
We can't think of a better way to describe this moment in the history of Israel/Palestine: the people of the Holy Land need us to speak up before it's too late!
Below are two ways to do that and they are both valuable.
Please take BOTH justice actions: OPPOSE and ENDORSE.
For everyone with a U.S. address:
Tell Congress to hold Israel accountable for violations of Palestinian rights and to TAKE ACTION if Israel moves to annex the West Bank settlements or the Jordan Valley or make any changes described in Trump's plan.
In particular, we must urge the Senate and House not to provide any funding needed for this plan.
Join thousands of church members and allies who are sending this message to Congress.
Click the green button below to CONTACT CONGRESS: you will review the full message before it is sent: ⬇︎
For all United Methodists and EVERYONE in the world:
General Conference, our quadrennial global gathering is coming in May 2020. The United Methodist Church should take an historic stand for justice in the Holy Land in this fateful year, a stand that can be broadcast to the world:
• RENEWING the UMC's historic position “Opposition to Israeli Settlements in Palestinian Land," which describes and opposes all aspects of the Israeli occupation and the siege of Gaza. • OPPOSING of the widespread abuse of Palestinian children by the Israeli military. • DEFENDING the right to express our beliefs and address injustice with boycotts. • CALLING for the US and all parties to support international law for a just peace in Israel/Palestine.
Click the purple button to SUPPORT THESE RESOLUTIONS - you will see summaries of each and choose which to endorse: ⬇︎
One more thing you can do! AMPLIFY this call to action on social media...another way to exercise your power:
UMKR needs your help. We have exciting hopes and plans for General Conference 2020 – speakers, meals, witness actions, compelling graphic materials, an interactive display! – but they can't happen unless we have help from all of you who believe in this work. Give whatever you are able; it will be gratefully received.
UMKR is an independent grassroots organization, not an official church body, so we depend on individual donors to keep our justice work going.
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