UNSC Resolution Demanding End to Settlement Expansion Passes!
In late November, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) delivered a letter to President Obama; Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power; and several other high level staff members within the State Department and White House to encourage a strong U.S. response to a resolution in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) identifying settlements over the Green Line, including those in East Jerusalem, as illegal under international law.
On Friday, December 23, just days before the Christmas holiday, the UNSC passed a resolution demanding Israel end all settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and calling on the Palestinian authority to take immediate steps to end terror and incitement.
The complete text of the UNSC Resolution can be read here.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) supports the abstention of the U.S. administration which allowed this resolution to pass. This historic action was one of the first times in recent years where the United States did not utilize its power of veto within the UNSC to block actions within the U.N. that address major global concerns about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We believe the call on both parties to return to the negotiating table, to mitigate conflict and incitement, and for the Israelis to end the settlement enterprise are fundamental efforts that can lead to a just peace.
CMEP seeks to encourage U.S. Government policies that actively promote a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all people in the region. It is the consensus of our coalition that all Israeli settlements are illegal and obstacles to creating a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
We are grateful for the steps toward peace taken in 2016. This is your last chance to give and support the efforts of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) in 2016!
This Advent Season we have been reflecting on the Good News of Jesus’ birth and the reminder that even in the midst of great darkness, the light of God may break through. We are grateful to be able to celebrate together this recent action at the United Nations. There remains much work to be done, but for now we express our gratitude!