Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East

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Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East

(AIME) has a unique mission to promote and join together interfaith dialog and  faith-based action that addresses human rights violations caused by the U.S. supported illegal Israeli occupation.  More...  

7-day calendar of Triangle human rights events
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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."                                                                                                Edmund Burke

"The Quest for a Just Peace: Linking Liberation Struggles"
Videos of talks now online - click here

Held October 26, 2014  UNC Chapel Hill FedEx Global Education Center

The forum explored the connections among Jewish,  Palestinian, African-American, and Latino,
liberation struggles. While distinct, these struggles share many similar dynamics...

Special Events/Notices

Dr. Abu Sway, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies and Director of the Islamic Research Center at Al-Quds University in Jersualem/Palestine, for a discussion entitled "The Importance of Peace for Jerusalem" on Monday Jan. 26th at 6PM in the Rhodes Conference Room 233,
Dukeís Sanford School of Public Policy
Corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road, Durham

A tribute to the legacy of Dr. King in verse and song, featuring Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Carolyn Malachi.

 

January 20 at 7pm, UNC Stone Center Auditorium 

See calendar entry

Uncivil Rites: Academic Freedom and
the Silencing of Speech

Hyde Hall, University Room, UNC-CH

Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 pm

See calendar entry

Triangle Interfaith Alliance Annual Dinner

Beth Temple Or, Raleigh

Talk "Faith and Social Justice" by Imam Khalid Griggs,
Community Mosque of Winston Salem

Thursday February 12 at 6PM

See calendar entry

Moral March on Raleigh

Assemble Shaw University, Raleigh

Saturday, February 14

Pre-Rally begins at 9 a.m. | March begins at 10 a.m.

See calendar entry


Past Events/Notices

 Rev. Mark Davidson, Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, Rev. Ronald Shive paper countering an article on neutrality that appeared in
Christian Century 
Click here.  Posted 9-4-2014

AT THE GATE: STORIES OF PALESTINIAN NONVIOLENCE
              
  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015, 7 pm.

     Raleigh Friends Meeting, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh, NC    

See calendar entry with flyer link

UNC Playmakers Kenan Theatre, corner of Country Club Rd and Theatre Drive, Chapel Hill

January 7-11

Written and performed by Aaron Davidman, a personal story that grapples with complexities of identity, history and social justice in America, Israel, and Palestine. See calendar entry

 

NAACP Town Hall meeting with the Carrboro and Chapel  Police Chiefs, Noon, Saturday, January 3rd, at the new and historic Rogers Rogers Road Community Center, in Chapel Hill. This is a conversation that informs every community struggling with this burning issue.

See calendar entry

Emergency Protest for Gaza

Raleigh N.C. July 19, 2014

See remarks made

 Vertigo Israeli Dance Company Protest

 at Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham,   NC June 12, 13 2014

Click here

Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Protest

at Memorial Hall  

Campus of University Of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC   April 3, 2014

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Some PC(USA) General Assembly links.

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Rev. Mark Davidson's op-ed on the GA's divestment action. (June 23, 2014)

Click here
(Consider adding your comment.)

Also see letter-to-the-editor submissions by AIME members

FOTONNA Emergency Response Plans
Information Letter, Timeline of Events
and Sample Appeal Letter

Dear Friends of Tent of Nations,

We are writing this letter to call for action against acts of injustice by the Israeli Military towards the Nassar family farm and theirTent of Nations Peace Project.  This farm (known as Daherís Vineyard) is located just six miles southwest of Bethlehem in the Occupied Territories of Palestine (the West Bank).  As you know, this family has registration papers for their 100-acre farm dating back to the Ottoman Empire, and they are now in a situation where the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) brought in bulldozers on
May 19, 2014 and destroyed between 1,500 and 2,000 mature, fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees and grape vines, all in the lower valley of the farm....

For more information and action you might take, click here. Also see here and here.


Rev. Mark Davidson, Rev. Jeffrey DeYoe, Rev. Ronald Shive paper countering an article on neutrality that appeared in
Christian Century 
Click here.  Posted 9-4-2014

 (New) Rev. Mark Davidson's review of Ari Shavit's book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. Click here. Posted 3-19-2014


Mark Davidson's remarks on divestment at the 2-22-2014 New Hope Presbytery meeting. The vote was 108-51 to affirm The Church of Reconciliation's session's overture to divest (actually to concur with the excellent overture from the San Francisco Presbytery) from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. Click here.


Rev. Mark Davidson's "How Our Churchís Witness for a Just Peace Strengthened Our Relationships Within the Jewish Community" , published in Unbound. "An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice".

Excerpt from conclusion: So if you are considering bold, conscience-driven public witness toward a just peace in Israel-Palestine but are worried that it will damage your interfaith friendships with our Jewish friends and colleagues, I urge you to take the risk and trust the depth of the friendship. Sparks will certainly fly, but youíll be surprised what wonders the Spirit can work through your moral courage.

Full article: http://justiceunbound.org/carousel/how-our-churchs-witness-for-a-just-peace-strengthened-our-relationships-within-the-jewish-community/

 


Tell Congress to call for a complete halt to all settlement activity

This month, tell Congress to call for a complete halt to all settlement activity as a show of support for a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
 

Click here to send a message today!
 
Organizations in the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy are sending out action alerts monthly, focusing on different issues so that members of Congress hear consistently that their constituents support a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. 
 


No WAR with Iran - Please post, share and act now

 The U.S. Senate is just eight votes away from passing veto-proof legislation that could torpedo diplomatic negotiations with Iran and send the U.S. to war. But outrage is growing and we can help turn the tide by sending a message to the 21 senators who have come out against AIPAC-backed bill S.1881, and the 20 senators who haven't endorsed. Sign the petition below to make sure these senators stand strong and don't support AIPAC's war bill.To sign petition, click here.


Petition Senator Reid: No to S 1881

Senators Kirk, Schumer, and Menendez have sponsored an AIPAC-written bill S. 1881 that will impose new sanctions on Iran. The Administration has said this bill will kill diplomacy with Iran and President Obama has called it a "march to war" since it will effectively end nuclear talks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can stop this bill by not allowing it to come up for a vote. Don't undermine this golden chance for diplomacy to work; ask Senate Majority Leader Reid to keep the bill off the floor. To sign petition, click here

Action alert from United for Peace and Justice

The Senate is back in session and will soon be considering the Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act 
(S 1881). The clear purpose of this bill is to undermine the promising diplomatic opening to Iran, undertaken by the Obama Administration. 

For more information and for a special phone number to petition your senator, click here.

Rev. John Heinemeierís "We Remember This" is a hopeful reflection on the possibility that peace and justice for Palestinians might parallel the progress made addressing the injustices afflicted on Afro-Americans in this country.  Presented at the Jewish Voice for Peace launch of their North Carolina chapter, December 2013.

http://epfnational.org/PIN/we-remember-this/

End the blockade that's flooding Gaza | American Friends Service Committee

Sign petition to congress  More info

Israeli lawmakers: Don't evict tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens from lands
they have inhabited  for generations.

Sign petition  More info

Campaign for Wadi Foquin

Located in the Bethlehem District in the West Bank, Wadi Foquin is a Palestinian village of 1,200 inhabitants (click here for a larger map). Since the establishment of Israel as a state Wadi Foquin has been twice demolished and then in 1954 those who lived there were forced into a refugee camp. More

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