For Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on February 15, UUJME is supporting FOSNA which is partnering with American Muslims Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights to plan interfaith actions across the country.

Netanyahu will affirm the joint work on the part of both Israel and the United States to partition communities and limit mobility. 
Let's make our message loud and clear: No Ban, No Wall also means #Jerusalem4All. The protests will center the rights of Palestinians and Jerusalem, while also connecting to related struggles here for the rights of immigrants, refugees, the undocumented, people of color, and women. Help us come together to #BuildMovementsNotWalls.

From the letter by our ally, Friends of Sabeel, a Palestinian Christian liberation group:

"Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, we have witnessed historic uprisings in the United States. Across the country, people have come together as allies, refugees, migrants, and travelers to oppose enclosure, taking to the streets and shutting down airports.

"As partners in a policy of enclosure, Israeli companies are bidding to construct Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Netanyahu himself tweeted in support of the plan, relating it to Israel’s apartheid wall in Palestine. Trump has also expressed his intentions to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, threatening to spur Israel’s annexation and ethnic cleansing of the city. And what might be most accurately framed as Israel’s 70-year ban on Palestinians has created one of the largest refugee diasporas in the world: The Palestinian people, who today number over 5 million, and still live in refugee camps across the Middle East as a direct result of Israel’s continued ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people since 1948.

"As we call to unfreeze the US refugee resettlement program, we also insist on the right of Palestinian refugees to return home. Refusing further construction of U.S.-Mexico border walls, we also refuse ongoing construction of Israel’s apartheid wall in Palestine, and the occupation it sustains. And in rejecting a “Muslim ban” in the U.S., we also reject Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem, and the systematic erasure of the city’s Muslim heritage. We, people from all places and of all faiths, do not accept a world of enclosures, prisons, and bans."

Find and support an action near you!

Sacramento - Feb. 12 - 10am at 1230 J Street

February 15

Los Angeles, 5-8 pm, Wilshire Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Blvd

Boston, 4:30-6:30 pm, Kennedy Federal Building at 15 New Sudbury St

NYC, 6-7:30 pm, Columbus Circle

DC, 5-7 pm, The White House

Falls Church, VA, 5-7 pm, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, 3159 Row Street

NO CHILD BEHIND BARS - Living Resistance Tour Information

UUJME is a proud co-sponsor of this exciting intersectional speaking tour.

The national tour is happening from Jan. 15 through Feb. 9. Access the following sites for rolling updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1837713356496530/ or https://nochildbehindbars.squarespace.com/. When accessing the Facebook event, please share those to your Facebook feed and invite friends to the event. Include ministers, seminarians, social justice activists, religious educations, friends, and relatives, across faiths and in secular organizations.

UUA General Assembly 2016 UUJMEers for Palestinian Human Rights Investment Screen


Much appreciation goes out to several dozen UUs and allies who rallied to support the resolution to ensure continuation of a human rights screen that includes Palestinian rights. The vote was 55% in favor, with 67% of online delegates in favor. While this was not the 67% required to pass, it shows a majority of delegates in favor of maintaining analysis of Palestinian rights in our UUA investments, and provides new grounding for additional work by UUA organizations.


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Sets Up Youth Empowerment Project in West Bank

From the UUSC website: "Based in Palestine’s West Bank, Sharek Youth Forum (Sharek for short) is an organization of committed and dynamic youth whose primary philosophy is anchored in the principle of involving youth as active participants within civil society. UUSC is working with Sharek to provide opportunities for women and youth to participate in the economy — either by enhancing their employability through integration into the labor market or through the establishment of new businesses."

The particular project that the UUSC is assisting is helping to empower 100 young Palestinian women to prepare for seeking careers in nontraditional sectors.

See details at http://www.uusc.org/location/palestine/ and http://www.sharek.ps/.

U.S. Tour - No Child Behind Bars: Living Resistance from the US to Palestine

UUJME ally Friends of Sabeel North America has launched the national tour "No Child Behind Bars: Living Resistance from the US to Palestine". This January, they will be introducing Ahed Tamimi and Amanda Weatherspoon to congregations and communities around the United States.

Visit the funding site to donate toward the tour costs.

Ahed Tamimi is a 15-year-old girl from Nabi Saleh, Palestine. She loves soccer and dance but, because of the Israeli occupation, she spends most of her Fridays participating in nonviolent resistance with her family, neighbors, and international allies. By the time Ahed was 8 years old, she was protesting attacks from settlers of the nearby Halamish settlement. The Israeli military fired tear gas and detained residents of the village, and even used live fire in her village. Ahed lives under this state violence every day, but she remains positively fearless!

Amanda Weatherspoon is a Unitarian Universalist minister in California. Her ministry is centered on collective liberation. Amanda is pursuing human rights work domestically and internationally, and is organizing toward black liberation.

Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians.


UUJME statement on "A Vision for Black Lives" policy platform

8/10/2016 We in UUJME are excited and inspired by the release of "A Vision for Black Lives”, a platform of demands for policy changes in the United States issued by Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing a large cross section of Black Americans.  And we are delighted that our allies in the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective have also endorsed the platform.  

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Message to Supporters Regarding the Investment Screen Business Resolution 6/25/2016

"The Majority Are With Us"

A majority of UUs at General Assembly voted for the business resolution endorsing the UUA’s  screening out of investments in companies that profit from human rights violations in all areas of the world including in the occupied Palestinian territories: 55% of delegates voted in favor, and among off-site delegates, the percent was 67% in favor.

The vote was short of the two-thirds threshold required to pass, but significant enough to establish firm grounding for future work on advancing justice for Palestinian rights.  Read more...

UUJME Statement on Breach of Right Relations

 6/23/2016 - The theme of GA 2016 is Heartland: Where Faiths Connect. UUJME and our Christian, Jewish and Muslim allies were surprised that last night's opening ceremonies -- traditionally a gathering of joy, worship and inclusion -- featured a partisan political pitch urging attendees to vote against the UUJME-sponsored business resolution on divesting from companies that violate human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories. 

Delegates take very seriously the responsibility for voting on resolutions that direct the work of our association. The statement last night by a speaker invited by the UUA leadership was highly provocative and, in parts, inaccurate and distorted. We invite people to visit our booth #623 in the exhibit hall for respectful discussion of the facts. More information on the resolution and related issues can be found at www.uujme.org. Take a look at Facebook.com/uujme and follow us on Twitter @uujme, @DianaDigges, @fosnalive, @jvplive, #uuaga and #UUDivest4Peace.


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The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide

Download the study guide on Palestine-Israel to use for your adult religious education program.

Booklet of Prereadings and Videos for Study Guide Session Preparation:


Request a packet of guides on the Take Action --> Learn and Reflect page.

Email curriculum@uujme.org with any questions and constructive feedback. Leaders of study groups around the country are happy to be paired with potential leaders of other groups to provide advice. You do not have to be an expert on the issues to lead a group. It is a guide rich with many resources that you can omit or add to as you see appropriate.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is a recommended book to read before starting the first session.


UUJME Spring Newsletter is Here!

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Israel Human Rights Organizations' Statement on Violence

October 15, 2015

A group of Israeli human rights organizations issued a statement about the use of lethal force and collective punishment against Palestinians.


Signers included the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Amnesty International – Israel Branch, B'Tselem, Gisha, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individua, Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Right, Adalah – The Legal Center for the Rights of the Arab Minority in Israel, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel.

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New Black-Palestinian Solidarity Video