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.



UUJME at General Assembly 2015


UUJME plans a strong presence again this year at the upcoming UUA General Assembly taking place in Portland from June 24 28.  Our planned activities include a workshop, an open house, and a booth in the exhibit hall.  If you will be attending GA, please stop by our booth and consider attending one or both of our events. 


UUJME Spring 2015 newsletter is here


Learn the latest news on our Reflection and Learning study groups, our planned activities at the upcoming General Assembly in Portland, our first paid staff member, and much more!

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2015 UUJME Human Rights Trip to Israel-Palestine

UUJME is leading another human rights trip to Israel-Palestine. The trip will be from July 26 - August 6, 2015. View the flyer by clicking on the image below.


UUJME statement on Gaza assault

Sister Simone Campbell, Ware Lecturer at the UUA General Assembly this year, encouraged us to find the trouble that causes pain and walk willingly toward that trouble. The current situation in Israel-Palestine calls us to take that walk now.

UUJME is saddened and horrified by the violence in Israel-Palestine and we condemn the killing of civilians and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, the vast majority of which is directed against Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.   Read more ...

Study Guides from Our Learn and Reflect Program

Interested in study guides and a UU curriculum on human rights in Israel-Palestine? UUJME launched a Learn and Reflect Program at GA 2014 with study guide packets available by application. 

Please let us know if you would like to be considered for a free study guide packet. Included in each packet are two existing study guides from the Presbyterian Church (USA) with booklets and DVDs, Steadfast Hope and Zionism Unsettled, an overview document, a newsletter with summaries of several different curricula on the topic of Israel-Palestine and of a curriculum based on the 7 UU Principles that is being developed based on a pilot program initiated in Olympia, Washington earlier this year. 

Visit the Learn & Reflect page at the above link to fill out an application to receive a packet. Evaluate the different options, and choose one for setting up a study group.

UUJME 2014 Summer Newsletter is here

Read about UUJME's General Assembly programs, statement on Gaza, our late UUJME founder, Rev. David Van Strien, Presbyterian divestment, book reviews, and more in UUJME's Summer 2014 newsletter.

UUJME letter to Scarlett Johansson

The UUJME Board of Directors has written a letter to actress Scarlett Johansson after learning she had accepted the role of spokesperson for SodaStream.  SodaStream is an Israel company that manufactures home carbonation systems in a West Bank settlement, thereby profiting from the Israeli occupation.  The Interfaith Boycott Coalition, of which UUJME is a member organization, has been conducting a boycott of SodaStream, and many of UUJME's members and supporters have signed the online petition asking stores and customers not to stock or buy SodaStream products.

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!

UUJME Endorses SodaStream Boycott

SodaStream is an Israeli corporation that manufactures consumer devices that create soda water from tap water in the home.  SodaStream bills its product as being environmentally friendly, as it helps reduces waste from bottles and cans created by commercially-bottled carbonated beverages.  Unfortunately, SodaStream's main manufacturing plant is located on illegally-confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Edomim, which means the profits from the sale of SodaStream products are being used to sustain Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land.  UUJME has heeded the call of Palestinian civil society to boycott SodaStream, and we have signed on as an endorser of the Interfaith Boycott Coalition.  For more information, see Code Pink's SodaStream page.

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.

Sign Up for Emails

If you would like to receive periodic important email updates and alerts from Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, you can register online. You may also send us a message at uujme@uujme.org indicating that you would like to be included on our email list. Please specify which list(s) you prefer:

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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.

Intro, Outline, Pledge, Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7, Wrap-Up, and Resources

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.

Action Alert!

Reverend David Etherington has sent us an urgent update about the Palestinian village of Susiya. The original village was forcibly evacuated a few decades ago to give access to a Jewish archaeological site. The families built a tent village and have been living with minimal services since then and have suffered the demolition of their tent village three times already. This will affect 450 people including 120 children. Rev. Etherington is part of thenWorld Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Team and has served as an accompanier in the past year. He was called urgently to return in June to be part of an international team to prevent the demolition. To take action, call 

White House 202-456-1111
Secretary of State Kerry 202-647-4000
Congress switchboard 202-224-3121
Read Rev. Etherington's letter at Action Alert Updates.

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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.

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Letter to Congress by 15 Christian Leaders

On October 5, 2012, fifteen Christian leaders wrote a letter to Congress urging an end to unconditional military aid to Israel.  Read the letter here...

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