Policy Positions

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of giving witness to principles of peace and justice in the Middle East on behalf of its religious constituencies, recognizing and embodying their policy statements, and advocating positions that seek to:

  1. realize the vision of a region where two viable states, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognized borders;
  2. promote the sharing of an undivided Jerusalem by the two peoples -- Israelis and Palestinians -- and by the three religious communities that call it sacred;
  3. encourage negotiated, just, and peaceful resolutions to conflicts in the region;
  4. promote the right of people to live in peace and security, free of fears of harassment, oppression, and violence;
  5. encourage the demilitarization of conflicts and help to establish the Middle East as a region free of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons;
  6. foster respect for human rights based on full observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights covenants of the United Nations, and the Geneva Conventions;
  7. encourage equitable development and humanitarian assistance to the region by the United States and other nations;
  8. promote the rights, and meet the humanitarian needs, of refugees and displaced persons in the region;
  9. support the United Nations in playing an important role in seeking a just resolution of problems and the maintenance of a region without conflict;
  10. recognize the religious importance of the region to Jews, Christians, and Muslims and protect the religious freedom of all.

-From CMEP's bylaws adopted July 1998, revised May 2012