On several of these websites, there are informative webinars on topics germane to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Click on the organization's name to go to their website.
Americans for Peace Now
“APN is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel's preeminent peace movement. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples' security, and consistent with U.S. national interests. We also work to ensure Israel's future and the viability of Israel's democracy and Jewish character through education, activism and advocacy in the United States, and by mobilizing American support for Shalom Achshav.” (website) www.peacenow.org
Bright Stars of Bethlehem
“Founded in 2004, Bright Stars of Bethlehem is a US 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides funding and support to educational and cultural initiatives through Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture, Diyar Academy for Youth, and Ajyal Senior Care Center. Bright Stars of Bethlehem is dedicated to supporting the educational, medical, professional and spiritual development needs of people living in Palestine.” (website) www.brightstarsbethlehem.org
B’Tselem (“In the Image of”—Gen 1:27)
B’Tselem is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, established in 1989 by academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It documents and educates the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories—with reports on restriction of movement, Israeli settlements, separation barrier, East Jerusalem, house demolitions, and Palestinian violence.
Christian Peacemaker Team
"CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities, we help create a space for justice and peace. We maintain a project in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic)" [website]. www.cpt.org/work/palestine
Churches for Middle East Peace
"CMEP works to encourage U.S. policies that actively promote a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all the people of the region" (website). CMEP began its work in 1984 and is a coalition of 22 national church denominations in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions.
Diyar (International Center of Bethlehem)
“Diyar is the plural of Dar, which means ‘home’ or ‘homeland’ in Arabic. Diyar is a Lutheran-based, ecumenically-oriented organization serving the whole Palestinian community, with emphasis on children, youth, women and the elderly through unique programs that are contextual and holistic in nature. Founded in 1995 as the International Center of Bethlehem, Diyar Consortium serves several thousands of members and reaches to more than 60,000 people annually.” (website)
ELCA’s Peace Not Walls
“The ELCA is working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel through our campaign, Peace Not Walls. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness raising, Peace Not Walls connects ELCA members to our companions and promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. With our Palestinian Lutheran companions, we also accompany Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Christians and Muslims working together for peace with justice.” (website)
Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions
ICAHD non-violently opposes Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the occupied territories, land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of closure, and uprooting of fruit and olive trees. Headed by Jeff Halper, ICAHD has rebuilt destroyed homes and called for divestment.
Jewish Voice for Peace
"Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals . . . JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East." (website) www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
"J Street was formed to change the conversation on Israel . . . We work to give voice to the majority of pro-Israel American Jews who believe that as friends of Israel, we have a responsibility to vocally oppose Israeli government policies that threaten Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic homeland. We advocate for a strong US role in helping to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because we believe that Israel’s survival depends on it." (website)
In response to the release in 2009 of Kairos Palestine, "a group of clergy, theologians and laypersons founded Kairos USA in 2011 and soon after published Call to Action: U.S. Response to the Kairos Palestine Document." "Kairos USA is dedicated to education, advocacy and theology that takes seriously Jesus’s call for love, forgiveness, justice and peace. The movement provides a home for U.S. Christians seeking to move and act within their institutional contexts as well as beyond institutional limitations to take a bold, prophetic stand against the unjust policies that oppress Palestinians and sicken Israeli society." (website)
Kumi Now Online-Archives
Kumi Now (kumi is an Aramaic word meaning “Rise Up” – see Mark 5:41) is a recently initiated coordinating group that offers online webinars with a variety of organizations working for an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and a peaceful and just solution to the long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Its archives contain videos of the speakers for the various online sessions. www.kuminow.com/online-archives/
"MachsomWatch is a volunteer organization of Israeli women who are peace activists from all sectors of society. We oppose the Israeli occupation in the area known as the West Bank, we oppose the appropriation of Palestinian land and the denial of Palestinian human rights. We support the right of Palestinians to move freely in their land and oppose the checkpoints which severely restrict Palestinian daily life. Since 2001 we have been observing and reporting on the Occupation. . ." (website) www.machsomwatch.org/eng
Mar Elias (Prophet Elijah) Educational Institutions
Father Elias Chacour is a Palestinian Melkite priest who for over 30 years has worked non-violently for justice and built much needed educational institutions in the Galilee for Palestinian children and teachers. “The mission of Pilgrims of Ibillin is to support the Mar Elias Educational Institutions and other mission projects that cultivate a just peace in Israel and Palestine. Pilgrims of Ibillin provides this support through financial resources, education, and peace building projects” (website). Chacour’s books are Blood Brothers and We Belong to the Land.
Middle East Peace Now
This group of activists in Minnesota’s Twin Cities “ . . . believe a just resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the key to Middle East peace. [They] support policies that promote peace, justice, security and equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.” The group holds monthly forums that feature guest speakers and conversations around Palestine-Israel issues.
No Way to Treat a Child
This campaign seeks to end Israel's military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention and court system. It is a joint project of Defense for Children International - Palestine and American Friends Service Committee.
“Palestine Portal is a meeting place and resource for the churches organizations and faith-based communities – local, regional, national and global – committed to the justice movement for Israel/Palestine. As part of an emerging global movement, the church in the United States has taken a leading role in working for the liberation of Palestinians and Israelis from the evil of apartheid in our time” (website). Explore this website for resources for worship and awareness raising in congregations. www.palestineportal.org
The Parents Circle/Families Forum
Established in 1995, "The Parents Circle/Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Joint activities have shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas." (website)
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
(The Way/Spring of Water)
Headed by Dr. Naim Ateek, Sabeel as an ecumenical center for Palestinian liberation theology is located in Jerusalem and strives to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation, and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities. Sabeel was the first organization to bring various Christian traditions in Jerusalem area to meet together. Sabeel conferences are held periodically in the U.S.
Friends of Sabeel in North American (FOSNA)
“FOSNA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions.” (website)
UNRWA (United Nations Relief & Works Agency)
"Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, UNRWA was established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. The Agency began operations on 1 May 1950" (website). UNRWA is unique in its ongoing work with Palestinian refugees in Gaza, West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. www.unrwa.org