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Bravo to the 15 church leaders who stepped up and spoke out in
 their October 5, 2012 letter to Congress, urging Congress to condition
 military aid to Israel on human rights compliance. Where do we go from here?

 

 

Some
Recent
Postings

3-18-13 Mass. 6th District grassroots group petitions their congressman, citing church letter
4-14-13 Presentation by Rev. Shive who has moderated the Pres. Church (USA)'s
GA's Middle East Study Committee
5-23-13 Paper by PCUSA IPMN Moderator Katherine Cunningham “The Letter of 15” and the use of US Mil. Aid..."

6-20-13 PCUSA Mission Agency petition "Support a Just Resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict!"
“The Letter of 15” and the use of U.S. military aid by Israel in Palestine - See more at: http://www.ecclesio.com/2013/05/response-to-kairos-palestine-%E2%80%9Cthe-letter-of-15%E2%80%9D-and-the-use-of-u-s-military-aid-by-israel-in-palestine-katherine-cunningham/#sthash.tvcuDn7G.dpuf
“The Letter of 15” and the use of U.S. military aid by Israel in Palestine - See more at: http://www.ecclesio.com/2013/05/response-to-kairos-palestine-%E2%80%9Cthe-letter-of-15%E2%80%9D-and-the-use-of-u-s-military-aid-by-israel-in-palestine-katherine-cunningham/#sthash.tvcuDn7G.dpuf
Katherine Cunningham
Katherine Cunningham
“The Letter of 15” and the use of U.S. military aid by Israel in Palestine - See more at: http://www.ecclesio.com/2013/05/response-to-kairos-palestine-%E2%80%9Cthe-letter-of-15%E2%80%9D-and-the-use-of-u-s-military-aid-by-israel-in-palestine-katherine-cunningham/#sthash.tvcuDn7G.dpuf
“The Letter of 15” and the use of U.S. military aid by Israel in Palestine - See more at: http://www.ecclesio.com/2013/05/response-to-kairos-palestine-%E2%80%9Cthe-letter-of-15%E2%80%9D-and-the-use-of-u-s-military-aid-by-israel-in-palestine-katherine-cunningham/#sthash.tvcuDn7G.dpuf

Answers to Your Questions

What is the letter about? The letter was drafted by 15 church leaders, putting their faith into action, seeking to alleviate the suffering of God's children. More

What Israeli government human rights violations does the letter cite for investigation? (Includes other citations, including Obama's in his speech in Israel.)

What are the church leaders asking of Congress?

 Why does the letter focus on Israel?

What about Palestinian violations?

What have been the reactions to the letter? See Pro Letter and Anti Letter.

How can I learn more about the underlying issues? See Resources.

What can I do? What can my church do?

What have been subsequent communications? Subsequent support/follow up?
 

 

And a question for you

 

Do you have any comments for the 15 leaders or suggestions on how they might achieve their objectives?
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A sea change initiative?
 We'll see. No! Act now! Otherwise it's just
another ripple going nowhere.
Quotations on inaction/neutrality/silence

Signing online letters (below) is a start, but just a start.


In-person meetings with your members of Congress and their staff are the single most influential form of grassroots advocacy...
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Sign letters to these leaders to let them know you are behind them and to urge them to stay steadfast on the course they have begun.
Sponsors:
United Methodist Holy Land Task Force
Kairos: Palestinian Christian and US ecumenical Christian organization
Jewish Voice for Peace

US Campaign to end the occupation


Send (editable) letter to your Congressmen supporting the church letter.
Sponsor:

Kairos: Palestinian Christian and US ecumenical Christian organization


Sign letter urging Obama to condition US aid to Israel on compliance with US and international law as spelled out in the church letter.
Sponsor:
Jewish Voice for Peace


 

Also see: Presbyterian petition & CMEP petition

Also see What can I do? What can my church do?


Obama addressing Israeli students March 21, 2013: Political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks. You must create the change that you want to see. Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things. Full text

 


See what dozens of petitioners did in the
Massachusetts 6th congressional district!
Includes documents used by the initiative. link