Resources for Getting Involved
We hope everyone will find ways that they can help, perhaps through one or more of the organizations listed here. We offer this list of resources for your use, without implying endorsement or preference.
Each resource listed here is unique, each with different ways of working for peace and justice and perhaps with different goals along the way. Some focus on advocacy, others focus on education, while others focus on providing direct relief or other approaches.
CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS www.cpt.org
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in areas of conflict around the world. In Hebron, for example, CPT provides daily accompaniment for Palestinian children walking to and from school, accompanies Palestinian shepherds and farmers to fields, and monitors treatment of Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints and roadblocks.
CHRISTIANS WITNESSING FOR PALESTINE www.cw4p.org
Christians Witnessing for Palestine (Rochester, New York) is an Affiliate Member of North American Friends of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem. As Christians Witnessing for Palestine, we seek a just peace for the people of Palestine wherever they may be. We are guided by Christian principles calling for care and compassion for the oppressed, concern for universal human rights, and respect for international law. We educate our community, advocate for public policy change, and pray for all.
CHURCHES FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (CMEP) www.cmep.org
For nearly 30 years, CMEP has been working with church denominations and organizations who have been working for decades in a variety of ways to support a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. CMEP supports a comprehensive solution that will bring peace and justice to the region, including a negotiated peace agreement establishing security for the State of Israel, securing a viable Palestinian state, and reaching agreement on Jerusalem that allows the city to be shared by Israelis and Palestinians, and open to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
ECUMENICAL ACCOMPANIMENT PROGRAMME IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL www.eappi.org
Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses, and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.
FAITH TO FAITH, PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE Contact: FaithToFaithDialog@gmail.com
Faith to Faith is an informal organization for interfaith dialogue in Rochester, discussing and learning about the problems that animate the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Faith to Faith hopes for a secure and just peace that is respectful of both Israel and Palestine.
FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS FROM PALESTINIAN FARMERS
Purchase of Palestinian products, such as fair trade olive oil, is a great way to support Palestinian communities. The Palestinian Fair Trade Association (www.palestinefairtrade.org) represents 1700 small Palestinian farmers joined in fair trade collectives and cooperatives. In Rochester, the Abundance Cooperative Market (www.abundance.coop) and One World Goods (www.owgoods.org) offer Canaan Fair Trade Olive Oil.
FRIENDS OF SABEEL—NORTH AMERICA www.fosna.org
The Friends of Sabeel promote awareness and understanding of the conflict between the Palestinians and the State of Israel through educational programs for North American Christians, engaging them and their churches in efforts to nurture relationships with the indigenous Palestinian Christians of Palestine whose existence is threatened by political conflict.
GUSH SHALOM www.gush-shalom.org
The primary aim of Gush Shalom is to influence Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and reconciliation with the Palestinian people.
HOPE FLOWERS SCHOOL www.hopeflowersschool.org
Hope Flowers School teaches non-violence, citizenship, social and community skills to children aged 5-14. It works with trauma-recovery and special needs education in Bethlehem, Palestine. Founded in 1984, now arguably a world leader in its field, Hope Flowers’ accumulated experience helps de-escalate violence, polarization and extremism. The school promotes quality education, self-improvement, intercommunal and intercultural understanding.
IF AMERICANS KNEW www.IfAmericansKnew.org
If Americans Knew is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, independent research and information-dissemination institute, with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East, and media coverage of this issue. Specifically, the organization’s objective is to provide information that is to a large degree missing from American press coverage of this critical region.
INTERFAITH PEACE–BUILDERS www.ifpb.org
Interfaith Peace-Builders sends delegations to Israel/Palestine so that residents of North American can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation.
ISRAEL/PALESTINE MISSION NETWORK www.theipmn.org
The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provides networking and information resources to help churches develop wider and deeper involvement with Israel/Palestine.
ISRAELI COMMITTEE AGAINST HOUSE DEMOLITIONS www.icahd.org
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action organization established in 1997 to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories — 27,000 as of this writing and counting.
Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. JVP supports human rights for all in Israel/Palestine.
KAIROS USA www.kairosusa.org
Kairos USA is a movement to unify and mobilize American Christians – lay, academic, and clergy – to take a prophetic stance for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Mondoweiss is a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective.
Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam is a village between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel in the early 1970s. Here, the two peoples are engaged in educational work for peace, equality, and understanding.
NEW PROFILE www.newprofile.org/english
New Profile is an Israeli organization for the demilitarization of Israeli Society. New Profile offers e-mail updates (click “contact us” on their website to sign up).
THE PARENTS’ CIRCLE www.theparentscircle.com
The Parents’ Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is an Israeli-Palestinian organization of bereaved families who have lost sons and daughters in the violence in the Middle East. PCFF provides public awareness, advocacy, and education programs for Israelis and Palestinians.
Tent of Nations runs an educational project at Daher’s Vineyard – an organic farm located in the hills south west of Bethlehem in the Palestinian West Bank. Tent of Nations aims to make this a center for people from different countries to come together and build bridges of trust and hope.
THE U.S. CAMPAIGN TO END THE OCCUPATION www.endtheoccupation.org
A national coalition of more than 380 groups, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation works to end U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Campaign supports a U.S. policy that upholds freedom, justice, and equality.
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East www.uujme.org
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East is an independent organization of Unitarian Universalists working to educate and mobilize ourselves and our fellow Unitarian Universalists and citizens about the Palestine-Israel conflict, its legal, moral and ethical issues and to promote a just peace.
+972 MAGAZINE www.972mag.com
‘972’ is the international telephone country code for Israel. +972 is a blog-based web magazine whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine. +972 is committed to human rights and freedom of information, and opposes the occupation. However, +972 Magazine does not represent any organization, political party or specific agenda.