Most of the sites listed below contain factsheets and other resources. Lists of many more websites are available in the UMC-GBCS Advocacy Packet.
Methodist Church: United Methodist Church Faith in Action –
The United Methodist General Boards of Church & Society (GBCS) and Global Ministries (GBGM) have updated “Working for a Just & Lasting Peace in Israel and Palestine,” a 36-page resource designed to answer questions about the Middle East conflict and promote actions to seek resolution. Thorough and comprehensive.
United Methodist Kairos Response — www.kairosresponse.org
In October, 2010, United Methodist clergy and laity from around the United States came together in a grass roots effort to respond to the “Kairos Palestine Document.” The UMKR movement includes United Methodists around the world, whose goal is to bring about a just peace for Israelis as well as Palestinians.
Holy Land Task Force of the California-Pacific Board of Church & Society — www.umhltf.org
The United Methodists of the Holy Land Task Force envision the day when Palestine will become a land that reflect the highest ideals of the three Abrahamic faiths. It seeks to promote peace, justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land through prayer, study, giving, engagement and advocacy.
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) —
Produces adult study material: Steadfast Hope. It offers a well-done introduction to Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS). It includes a children’s curriculum for churches.
Peace Not Walls —
A special ELCA campaign calling for efforts toward a viable, contiguous Palestinian state; a secure Israeli state at peace with its Arab neighbors; and a shared Jerusalem with equal access and rights for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Excellent source of background materials and programming ideas.
Kairos Palestine Document — www.kairospalestine.ps
Issued in December 2009 by Palestinian Christians seeking understanding and support
Sabeel — www.sabeel.org
Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians.
Friends of Sabeel North America — fosna.org
FOSNA works to support the vision of Sabeel, cultivating the support of American churches through co-sponsored regional educational conferences and travel to the Holy Land.
Americans for Middle East Understanding — www.ameu.org
Strives to create a deeper understanding in the US of the conflict. Involves many former diplomats and businessmen. Publishes bimonthly newsletter, The Link, focusing on individuals who make significant contributions.
If Americans Knew — www.ifamericansknew.org
Seeks to explicate and expand on US media coverage of the issues. Provides indispensable and regularly update statistics and data, all meticulously referenced.
A project of the American Educational Trust, a non-profit, non-partisan organization incorporated in 1982 in Washington, DC, by retired U.S. Foreign Service Officers. It offers a wide and scholarly selection of books and background information plus Palestinian crafts.
Israeli Human Rights
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions — www.icahd.org
An Israeli-based, international organization working against the demolition of Palestinian homes
B’tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories — www.btselem.org
Isaeli-based, B’tselem documents human rights violations in the Occupied territories and efforts to counter them.
Rabbis for Human Rights ‒ http://rhr.org.il/eng/about/
RHR is the only rabbinic voice in Israel dedicated specifically to advocating for human rights.
Zochrot – http://zochrot.org/en/keyword/45328
Zochrot (“remembering” in Hebrew) is an NGO working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs — http://www.ochaopt.org/
Documents human rights violations in the Occupied TerritoriesAdvocacy
Churches for Middle East Peace — www.cmep.org
An ecumenical working group with offices in Washington DC.
Jewish Voice For Peace — www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
Leading US-based Jewish anti-occupation organization.
US Campaign to End the Occupation — www.endtheoccupation.org
The largest US coalition on the issues. Works toward an end to the occupation and equal rights for all.
Minnesota Break the Bonds — www.mn.breakthebonds.org
Break the Bonds calls for the State of Minnesota to divest from Israeli bonds.
Most of the above sites highlight current happenings or have links to new sources. Here are a few others:
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs — www.wrmea.com
Monthly magazine reporting on regional events and alternative perspectives.
Electronic Intifada — http://electronicintifada.net
The Electronic Intifada is an independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world.
Memoirs and Fiction
Blood Brothers — Elias Chacour, 2003
In Blood Brothers, Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel.
The General’s Son – Miko Peled, 2012
In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel’s political-military elite.
The Lemon Tree — Sandy Tolan, 2007
In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust.
A Little Piece of Ground – Elizabeth Laird, 2006
A Little Piece of Ground will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts afflicting our world today. It explores the human cost of the occupation of Palestinian lands through the eyes of a young boy.
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City — Guy Delisle, 2012
In Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Delisle explores the complexities of a city that represents so much to so many. He eloquently examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays.
Palestinian Memories – Alex Awad, 2008
Rev. Awad shares his mother’s story, a story that epitomizes the tragedy of the Al Nakba (the Catastrophe of 1948).
Palestinian Walks — Raja Shehadeh, 2008
Raja Shehadeh is a passionate hill walker. He enjoys nothing more than heading out into the countryside that surrounds his home. But in recent years, his hikes have become less than bucolic and sometimes downright dangerous. That is because his home is Ramallah, on the Palestinian West Bank, and the landscape he traverses is now the site of a tense standoff between his fellow Palestinians and settlers newly arrived from Israel. In this original and evocative book, we accompany Raja on six walks taken between 1978 and 2006.
Background / Peace / Religion
Bethlehem Besieged – Mitri Raheb, 2004
Written by a Lutheran Palestinian Pastor, this book focuses on the siege of Bethlehem in April 2002.
Christians and a Land Called Holy – Charles Lutz and Robert Smith, 2006
Fair-minded and sympathetic to Jewish, Muslim, and Christian concerns, Lutz and Smith provide a clear account of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and a compelling plea for Christian involvement in the area.
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine – Ilan Pappe, 2007
In a ground-breaking piece of archival research, Ilan Pappe demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. Since publishing the work and receiving death threats, Pappe has been forced to live in exile.
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths – Karen Armstrong, 1997
Armstrong traces the history of how Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid claim to Jerusalem as their holy place, and how three radically different concepts of holiness have shaped and scarred the city for thousands of years.
Palestine – Joe Sacco & Edward Said, 2001
A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, this is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.
Peace, Not Apartheid — Jimmy Carter, 2007
Carter offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine.
Through the Eyes of the Victims – Alex Awad, ebook
Alex’s latest book documents the history and the current happenings of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It includes many helpful maps that illustrate the some lesser well known elements of the situation. A copy of the book can be downloaded for free at http://www.alexawad.org/book.php.
Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict – Phyllis Bennis, 2012
A primer organized as a set of frequently asked questions
Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told – Gary Burge, 2003
A critical analysis of the current Arab-Israeli conflict from a Christian perspective
Whose Promised Land? – Colin Chapman, 2002
Unravels the complex issues surrounding the continuing crisis between Israel and Palestine.