Sunday, December 9, 2012

What You Can to Promote Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

What You Can Do

If you would like to do something constructive with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, please consider one or more of the following actions:

1.      Become better informed by reading a book that tells the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Consider: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe or The Case for Palestine: An International Law Perspective by John Quigley.

2.      Purchase a video about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Preview a video, arrange to show it at your church, and lead a discussion about the issues it raises. You can find a list of videos on the UUJME website.

3.      Become better informed by reading a book that documents the current situation. Consider: Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation by Saree Makdisi or Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking by Arthur Gish.

4.      Purchase a bottle of olive oil from Palestine. Use it for your own cooking or give it as a gift. You can find a list of olive oil suppliers on the UUJME website.

5.      Arrange to sell olive oil from Palestine on a regular basis at your church.

6.      Become better informed by reading a book that provides theological reflection on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Consider: When the Rains Return: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine-Israel (published by the American Friends Service Committee), Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation by Naim Ateek, or Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation by Marc Ellis.

7.      Based on your understanding, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

8.      Become a supporter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME). You can find information about how to join UUJME ontheir website.

9.      Become better informed by learning how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is portrayed in news media outside the United States.

10.  Start a local group of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) at your church.

11.  Become better informed by visiting the websites of several organizations that are working for justice and human rights in Israel-Palestine. You can find addresses for the websites of many of these organizations on this website.

12.  Make arrangements to present The Story of Rachel Corrie at your church. You can find information about this play on the website.

13.  Attend a conference presented by the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center. You can find out more about this organization and their schedule of conferences by visiting the website of Friends of Sabeel--North America.

14.  Become acquainted with others in your city who are working for justice and human rights in Israel-Palestine.

15.  Become aware that in our culture, Palestinians rarely have the opportunity to speak for themselves--that is, to tell their stories, to present their perspectives, to share their history, to name their aspirations, and to ask that their concerns be taken seriously. Seek ways for Palestinian voices to be included in discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

16.  Contribute to the Gaza Humanitarian Relief Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.