Gaza Conflict Escalates

Following an impasse between Israel and Hamas over the terms of a cease-fire, Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza late Thursday night.  Abbas remains in Cairo, reaching out to France, Turkey, and Qatar for assistance in mediating a cease-fire. Read more here.

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Gaza with Khaled Elgindy

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd
Time: 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) - 5:00 PM
Dial-in Number: 1-646-307-1300
Participant Access Code: 693031

Please join CMEP for a briefing call on Tuesday, July 22nd, at 4:00 PM Eastern Time to hear from Khaled Elgindy of the Brookings Institution.

Khaled Elgindy is a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Between 2004 and 2009, Mr. Elgindy served with the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) in Ramallah as an adviser to the Palestinian leadership on permanent status negotiations with Israel, and was a participant in the round of negotiations launched at Annapolis in November of 2007.  Mr. Elgindy's previous experience includes serving as a policy analyst for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.  He also held positions at the Arab American Institute and the National Democratic Institute.  Please join us as we talk with Mr. Elgindy about the current state of affairs in Gaza and prospects for peace.

While registration is not required for the event, if you would like to receive a reminder about the event and a post-event link to the briefing please register here

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Concern about Price Tag Attacks

On May 23, 2014 Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Executive Director Warren Clark and Board Chair Russ Testa sent a letter of solidarity to Jerusalem Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal after a string of vandalisms against Christian institutions, including one against the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem.

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CMEP supports Patriarch Twal’s view that, “the unrestrained acts of vandalism poison the atmosphere; the atmosphere of co-existence and the atmosphere of collaboration.”

The welfare of Palestinian Christians is an ongoing concern to CMEP. We continue to admire the steadfastness of those who work to ensure a vibrant Christian presence in the Holy Land for future generations.

To read CMEP’s letter, click here. To see Patriarch Twal’s original statements, click here.

For information on the background of violence by Israeli settlers, CMEP recommends this report from B'Tselem.