Proposed UUA GA 2016 Business Resolution for Occupation Divestment

Calling on UUs to Gather Signatures

The severe and systematic abuse of Palestinian human rights under the Israeli occupation continues unabated. Unitarian Universalists (UUs) should not support or profit from these abuses through their investments. UUJME is therefore gathering signatures on a proposed Business Resolution calling on the UUA to avoid investing in five corporations that are critically involved in maintaining the occupation and its associated abuses. The five corporations are Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and G4S

Business Resolutions are a concrete way for UUs to align their actions with their principles. We now need the help of all UUs concerned about justice for Palestinians in gathering signatures of UUs to assure that this Business Resolution is voted on at the 2016 General Assembly. 

For more information about the resolution and to support the petition signature effort, see the links below. We look forward to working with you on this important initiative.

Proposed Business Resolution

Resolution Petition Signature Form

Guidelines on Gathering Signatures


Founded in 1971, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) works within the Unitarian Universalist community to promote peace and justice in Israel-Palestine, including a settlement of the conflict affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved. Photo: Emile Ashrawi, West Bank, Palestine

UUJME has a national Board of Directors as well as several local groups affiliated with Unitarian Universalist churches throughout the United States. This web site contains many resources for people interested in learning more about the conflict in Israel-Palestine, which stretches back to the 1880s, as well as resources for those ready to take action to promote justice and human rights in Israel-Palestine. 
 Photo: Emile Ashrawi, West Bank, Palestine

New UUJME Young Adult Travel Blog


Check out the first blog post on our new UUJME Young Adult Travel Blog!  Rosie McInnes, granddaughter of former UUJME president and long-time Board member Don McInnes, is one of the co-leaders on the current UUJME Human Rights Delegation to Israel-Palestine, and her blog post from East Jerusalem is the inaugural post on the travel blog!  Over the next several days, Rosie plans to blog more about her experiences on the trip.  We also hope to get our other young adult travelers, including our young adult travel scholarship winners, blogging soon.

If you would like to follow the blog entries of Rosie and our other young adult travelers, please subscribe to the blog's RSS news feed by clicking on the little RSS feed symbol (little dot with two arcs over it) either on the travel blog page or here to the right, setting up the RSS feed on your browser or email client, and clicking Subscribe Now so that you can get new blog posts automatically updated.  Or if you prefer, you can add the travel blog page to your bookmarks or favorites and check back from time to time for new blog posts.


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On Resilience and Hope

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I speak decent Arabic, so one of my favourite activities in a new city is to sit in a cafe and talk with random people. It helps me practice my Arabic and I get to know a new person. While sitting in this cafe, I met a young guy around my age and we started talking. After our long conversation, he invited me to his house for dinner with his family. I gladly accepted and I was at his house on the outskirts of Ramallah later that evening. 

Israeli Colonial Settlement

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Today was a very intense day. We visited the Israeli colonial settlement of Efrat, very close to Bethlehem. Our speaker was an American man from New York. His parents are first generation immigrants from Germany who escaped after the Second World War. He is the only of his siblings to live in Israel. He has four kids, three of whom have served in the IDF and another who is currently in a military academy to extend their service. One of my first impressions of entering the settlement was one of exclusion.

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.

The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide

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

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

Email 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.




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UUJME Fall 2015 Newsletter

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UUs Support Palestinian Rights with Petition to TIAA-CREF

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) has begun a campaign asking UUs to sign a petition to investment giant TIAA-CREF calling on it to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. 

Read more about the campaign here.

UUJME TIAA-CREF divestment campaign update

UUJME has asked UUs to sign a petition to TIAA-CREF calling on it to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupations of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The petition to TIAA-CREF is particularly appropriate for UUs because the staffs of many UU congregations and organizations have their retirement savings with TIAA-CREF, and because TIAA-CREF prides itself on socially-conscious investing.  We've gotten hundreds of signatures so far, but we hope to get many more.  Read more to find out how you can help!