FEBRUARY 12-15th #BUILDMOVEMENTSNOTWALLS Protests

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/1865244120424124/

February 15

Los Angeles, 5-8 pm, Wilshire Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Blvd
https://www.facebook.com/events/725077847661808/

Boston, 4:30-6:30 pm, Kennedy Federal Building at 15 New Sudbury St
https://www.facebook.com/events/261310637623960/

NYC, 6-7:30 pm, Columbus Circle
https://www.facebook.com/events/1918224938409030/

DC, 5-7 pm, The White House
https://www.facebook.com/events/1334952339913121/

Falls Church, VA, 5-7 pm, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, 3159 Row Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/307985896266093/



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.

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 Escalating Tensions in Palestine-Israel - Suspend Military Aid

October 11, 2015                                                                                                                                      


The Board of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) is deeply saddened and alarmed by the increasing violence in Palestine-Israel. The past several months have seen an escalation in Palestinian protests in response to killings and attacks on property and religious sites by Israeli settlers, many of whom carry guns and use them at will and with near-total impunity. A growing number of Palestinians have been killed, including children, with hundreds injured and hundreds more arrested. A growing number of Israelis are being killed and injured.

Our U.S. tax dollars are paying for the occupation in the form of billions of dollars in weapons. In the next month, the U.S. government is considering a $45 billion military aid package for Israel over the next 10 years, a 50% increase. See http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-asking-us-for-50-increase-in-next-defense-package/. UUJME believes that the path to peace, justice, and security for Israelis and Palestinians is not to be found in more military aid.

 

Contact U.S. Officials

Each one of the seven UU principles calls us to stand with Israelis and Palestinians to reject the proposed $45 billion military aid package for Israel.

Contact U.S. officials and tell them “SUSPEND MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL until it ends the occupation and stops building settlements.”

White House: 202- 456-1111, or email President Barack Obama at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments.

Secretary of State’s office: 202-647-4000; leave a message.

Federal Senate and House Switchboard: 202-224-3121. Ask the receptionist to connect you to your Senators and Representative.

Contact your representative by email at http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/finrep?ZIP4.

Contact your Senators by email via http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

 

The Palestinian Red Crescent has declared a state of emergency after attacks on its ambulances and medical personnel by Israeli soldiers and settlers, and due to the growing number of deaths and injuries. Each incident produces a wave of protests, with Palestinian protesters targeted with lethal force, and vigilante style attacks against both Israelis and Palestinians.

The latest escalation of violence is not a conflict between two equal sides, but between a powerful state’s military occupation infrastructure and a relatively defenseless occupied civilian population. The situation is the longest military occupation in modern history, 48 years. The occupation denies freedom and equality to millions of Palestinians and also represses Israelis who oppose the occupation.

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UUJME Spring Newsletter is Here!

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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 ...

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.

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.

Print the TIAA-CREF Divestment Petition

Petitions can be printed out 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!