Urge President Obama in his final weeks in office to take clear and decisive action for a just and lasting peace that will benefit Palestinians and Israelis in the months and years ahead. Ask him to support Palestine at the UN and take firm action to stop Israeli settlements.


Support Palestine at the UN: More than five years ago, Palestine applied to become a full member of the United Nations. In its remaining months the Obama administration could allow Palestine’s application for full membership to move forward through a Security Council recommendation to the General Assembly. As more than a majority of UN member states recognize Palestine, it will almost certainly be approved as a member state. Ask President Obama to support Palestine's full membership in the UN.

Act to stop settlements: Israel continues to expand settlements, illegal under international law, in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. As settlements grow, the West Bank is carved up and daily life for Palestinians is crippled. Continued settlement expansion harms the prospects for peace and undermines security for both Palestinians and Israelis. The U.S. government has spoken out against settlements but it can and should do more. Let President Obama know that he has your support for decisive action to end the expansion of Israeli settlements.

Faith reflection: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an overflowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

Action: Call on the president today to ask him to act now for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

* New resource: MCC and Palestine and Israel: Commonly asked questions

Alert prepared November 18, 2016 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director. Adapted from an alert from the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, of which the MCC U.S. Washington Office is a member.

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