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information.  This has never before been possible. Why is ubiquitous information
profound?  It's a tremendous equalizer.  Information is power.     Eric Schmidt
Church Leaders' Letter to Congress, Oct 2012

US Preparing for a post-Israel Middle East?

United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR)

US Campaign to End the Occupation

Jewish Voice for Peace

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

IMEU: Institute for Middle East Understanding

IMEU Fact Sheets

Middle East Notes-
from Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns


The Electronic Intifada 

Gideon Levy - Articles and Opinion

B'tselem - Human Rights Center


Commentary about what is happening today in the Middle East:

Uri Avnery's Column
one of the best Israeli commentators and a leading peace activist

Gideon Levy
cutting edge, thought-provoking commentary

Avraham Burg - Opinion
speaking courageous truth to his nation and the world

James Wall's Wallwritings
a former editor of "The Christian Century" with extensive experience on Mid East affairs

News and editorials from other sources are provided on our website for the convenience of our visitors. Not all items included here will reflect the views or goals of United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force.

Another great source for recent news and expert analysis on Israel and Palestine:

The Jerusalem Fund
and their educational program,

The Palestine Center


News Archives

From 2011:

News - Jan 2011

News - Feb 2011

News - March 2011

From 2010:
News - April/May 2010

News - June/July 2010

New - Aug/Sept 2010


Our Sources for News and Action Alerts

From time to time, we will have some special news items listed independently in our news menu and marked by a bullet (•)


United Methodist Kairos Response
- an international peace movement in the United Methodist Church responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians (in Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth), calling for effective action to bring about a just peace in Israel/Palestine.  Read UMKR news »

US Campaign to End the Occupation
a coalition of more than 300 groups that are working together to bring an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.  The coalition includes our own task force, two General Boards of the United Methodist Church, Jewish Voice for Peace, Codepink, and many other faith and secular groups across the US. 
Read their news and alerts >>

Jewish Voice for Peace - current actions and advocacy news
JVP is a leading grassroots organization in the US that many United Methodists work closely with, including our task force.  Read their news and alerts >>

GENERAL NEWS on Israel-Palestine

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
- weekly bulletins
Bulletins from Churches for Middle East Peace provide a useful overview of the week's events regarding the Holy Land - in the US, Israel/Palestine, and around the world.  We now have a news feed of their latest editions.
  Read their news >>

** IMEU: Institute for Middle East Understanding
The Institute for Middle East Understanding offers quick access to a broad range of stories about Israel-Palestine, as well as expert sources — both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

The Electronic Intifada
An award-winning, independent online news publication focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world.  Read their news >>

Gideon Levy - news and opinion
Gideon Levy is a member of the Haaretz editorial board. He is also the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, covering the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper.  Read his column >>


B'Tselem, Israeli Human Rights organization
Discover both the daily realities and the big picture of the Israeli occupation, from a respected Israeli human rights organization.  Read their news >>

The Only Democracy?
A JVP-affiliated website, questioning the common belief that Israel is a true democracy and reporting on the struggle for civil and human rights in Israel and Palestine.  
Read their news >>



Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper
A paper with a progressive leaning, Haaretz provides candid reporting on the Israeli and US political scenes, current events in the region, and much more. One of Israel's oldest papers, and the most read Israeli paper worldwide.

Ma'an News Agency
Covers a broad range of Palestinian political, economic, and cultural news from all sections of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as developments in Israel.

A website affiliated with Jewish Voice for Peace that tracks efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy.

Council for the National Interest (CNI)
Founded by two US congressman, CNI brings you "The Missing Headlines" that Americans should be seeing but aren't.