Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East

ipmapThe Arab-Israeli conflict has unfolded for over six decades amidst  global wars, superpower rivalries, and economic, ethnic, and religious tensions. It has given rise to an enormous amount of written documents, primary sources, commentaries, analyses, propoganda and polemic.

This page has the very restricted purpose of collecting materials especially pertinent to interreligious relations dating from late 2009, with special attention to how events in the Middle East affect interreligious relations in North America. The posting of an item does not constitute endorsement by CCJR or Saint Joseph's University.

For an outline of the history of the conflict, click HERE.

Title Date Author
Letter to John Kerry on Middle East Peace Process July, 2013 National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
CRIHL Shocked by Attacks on Holy Sites in May June, 2013 Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land
Revised text: The Inheritance of Abraham? May, 2013 Church & Society Council, Church of Scotland
Press release: Church of Scotland meeting with Jewish organizations May, 2013 Church & Society Council, Church of Scotland & Jewish organizations
As Long as You Believe in a Living God, You Must Have Hope May, 2013 Executive Board, International Council of Christians & Jews
The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the "Promised Land" May, 2013 Church & Society Council, Church of Scotland
Remarks to the People of Israel March, 2013 President Barak Obama
Twilight of Hope for Israeli-Palestinian Peace January, 2013 National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
Comments on the Middle East and North Africa January, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI
Land of Promise? - Mapping Our Views November, 2012 Anglican Communion Network for Inter Faith Concerns
A Strategy for Life in a Steadfast Way towards Liberation December, 2012 Kairos Palestine
Jerusalem Declaration December, 2012 Protestant Consultation on Israel and the Middle East
Letter from Chair of USCCB Justice & Peace Committee to US Secretary of State November, 2012 Bishop Richard Pates
Jewish Groups Respond to Christian Letter to Congress October, 2012 U.S. Jewish agencies & rabbinic bodies
Jewish Groups Call for Summit with Christian Organizations October, 2012 U.S. Jewish agencies & rabbinic bodies
Evangelical Christians parade in Israel October, 2012 Associated Press
Letter to the United States Congress October, 2012 American Mainline Christian Leaders
Living with Grace in a Time of Unrest September, 2012 Right Rev. Gary Paterson
Ecclesia in Medio Oriente [On the Church in the Middle East] September, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI
Peres: Settlement building threatens Jewish state July, 2012 Jerusalem Post: Tovah Lazaroff
Prospects for the Two State Solution March, 2012 Gershon Baskin, interview
220th General Assembly opts for ‘positive investment’ over divestment July, 2012 Shane Whisler, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Put Allies at Odds July, 2012 Jeremy Ben-Ami
Letter in Hope to Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly delegates June, 2012 Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Council for Public Affairs Shocked by Extreme Rhetoric of Kairos USA Document June, 2012 Jewish Council for Public Affairs
AJC Calls on American Christians to Reject U.S. Kairos Response as Demonization of Israel June, 2012 American Jewish Committee
Kairos USA launches website, issues statement June, 2012 Kairos USA
Statement on Kairos Palestine August, 2011 Kirchenkonferenz of the Evangelical Church in Germany
Concern for Peace in the Middle East March, 2012 Administrative Committee of the USCCB
Opinion: Building Barriers to Two-State Solution February, 2012 Leonard Fein
Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is More Urgent Than Ever February, 2012 National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
News Release: North American, European Catholic Bishops on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict January, 2012 Catholic Bishops from North America, Europe
The Earthly Motherland of Jesus Needs You and You Need Her December, 2011 His Beatitude Fouad Twal
"The Bethlehem Call" Document Promotes Pain, Not Peace December, 2011 B'nai B'rith International
AJC Disheartened by UCC, Disciples of Christ and ELCA Embrace of Palestinian Document Delegitimizing Israel December, 2011 American Jewish Committee
The Bethlehem Call: Here we stand – Stand with us December, 2011 Kairos Palestine
A Pastoral Letter on Israeli-Palestinian Peace October, 2011 Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Beyond the UN General Assembly September, 2011 Israel Policy Forum: Shai Feldman
An Open Letter to America's Christian Zionists September, 2011 New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Diverse Opinions on Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) September, 2011 ADL, AJC, America, et al
U.S. Senate Resolution 185 June, 2011 United States Senate
The Long Overdue Palestinian State May, 2011 Mahmoud Abbas
Address to the United States Congress May, 2011 Benjamin Netanyahu
Action on Palestinian Kairos Document & Bishop Younan's Response August, 2011 Church Wide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Address at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center June, 2011 Patriarch Fouad Twal
Kairos Palestine Document and a Study Guide June, 2011 Middle East Monitoring Group oif the Presbyterian Church USA
The Palestinian "Kairos" Document: A Behind-the-Scenes Analysis April, 2010 Malcolm Lowe
A South African Christian response to the Kairos Palestine Document March, 2010 Group of South African Christians
Kairos Southern Africa's Response to Palestine Kairos April, 2011 Kairos South Africa
The American Churches and the Role of Fear in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict February, 2011 Ruth Lautt & Peter Pettit