The following websites are provided for your convenience. Listing does not imply that the United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force endorses all content at these sites:
UNITED METHODIST AND OTHER FAITH GROUPS / INITIATIVES:
United Methodist Kairos Response
Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA)
Friends of Sabeel - North America
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
From their site: A non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. As our activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation,
we expanded our resistance activities to other areas - land
expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction,
policies of "closure" and "separation," the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more.
From their site: Gush Shalom ("The Peace Bloc")
is the hard core of the Israeli peace movement, known for its unwavering stand in times of crisis,
such as the al-Aksa intifada. For years now, Gush Shalom has played a leading role in determining
the moral and political agenda of the peace forces in Israel, as well
as in breaking the so-called "national consensus" based on
B'tselem: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
From their site: B'tselem was established in 1989 by a group of
prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It
endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers
about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the
phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help
create a human rights culture in Israel.
B'Tselem in Hebrew literally means "in the image of," and is also used as a synonym for human dignity.
Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF)
Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis. The PCFF promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge.
"Peace is possible when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable (…) the members of the Parents Circle have experienced this truth In the depths of their Suffering and loss. They have found that there Is more that unites us than Divides us, that we are All members of one family, the human family (…)"
- Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus
It is, as far as we know, a world precedent that bereaved families, victims from both sides, embark on a joint reconciliation mission while the conflict is still active.
Consisting of several hundreds of bereaved families, half Palestinian and half Israeli, The Families Forum has played a crucial role since its inception in 1995, in spearheading a reconciliation process between Israelis and Palestinians. The Forum members have all lost immediate family members due to the violence in the region.
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel
From their site: The Palestinian Campaign is inspired by the historic role played by
people of conscience in the international community of scholars and
intellectuals who have shouldered the moral responsibility to fight
injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in
South Africa through diverse forms of boycott.
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifadah. Soldiers who serve in the Territories are witness to, and participate in military actions which change them immensely.
Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases. Our testimonies portray a different and grim picture of questionable orders in many areas regarding Palestinian civilians. These demonstrate the depth of corruption which is spreading in the Israeli military.
Breaking the Silence voices the experiences of those soldiers, in order to force Israeli society to address the reality which it created.
The Electronic Intifada
From their site: The Electronic Intifada publishes news, commentary, analysis,
and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a
Palestinian perspective. EI is the leading Palestinian portal for
information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in
Stop the Wall
The grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.
A coalition of Palestinian non governmental organizations and
popular committees that mobilize and coordinate efforts on local, national and international levels. These
efforts are focused upon stopping and dismantling the Apartheid Wall, and resisting Israeli occupation and
The Campaign initiated its work on three levels: acting as the voice of
communities locally; mobilization and coordination nationally; and additionally as part of the global struggle
against colonization, war and racism.
Since its inception the Campaign has been the main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing resistance
against the Apartheid Wall. It presently coordinates the work of 54 popular committees in
communities which will be (and are being) destroyed by the Wall.
The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees
community-based Palestinian health organization, seeking
to supplement the decayed and inadequate health infrastructure caused
by years of Israeli military occupation.
GLOBAL OR IN THE UNITED STATES
Jewish Voice for Peace
From their site: 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.
Muzzlewatch - from Jewish Voice for Peace
Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy
If Americans Knew
What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine
International Solidarity Movement
Excellent updates on activity and events in Palestine Israel.
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led
movement committed to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by
using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded by a
small group of activists in August, 2001, ISM aims to support and
strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by providing the
Palestinian people with two resources, international solidarity and an
international voice with which to nonviolently resist an overwhelming
military occupation force
Israel: The Only Democracy in the Middle East?
Reports on the struggle for civil and human rights in Israel and Palestine
Global BDS Movement