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Peace, Social Justice and Integrity of Creation

MOGC Middle East Notes listserv

Fr. Jack Sullivan, MM, follows issues related to Israel-Palestine in his capacity as a volunteer associate for the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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Middle East Notes

Occupation Oracle fact sheet, compiled by Fr. Jack Sullivan, updated June 2011

This week’s Middle East Notes includes materials on the settlements, the IDF, a detailed history on the separation barrier and its effects on Palestinians and Israelis alike, and a present Israeli policy to drive Palestinians and Bedouins from the Jordan Valley, July 12, 2012

This week’s Middle East Notes includes materials concerning the successful CMEP conference, the Kairos USA document, a detailed lecture by Dr. Richard Falk and an article by Avraham Burg on the mislabeling of products made “across the Green Line” in settlement, June 28, 2012
This week’s Middle East Notes include materials noting the 45 years of continuing occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and the growing possibility of reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas with subsequent Palestinian elections. Also, a new Kairos USA document on Palestine is released, June 21, 2012
This week’s Middle East Notes include materials on settlement expansion in the Occupied Territories, up to date reports on and maps of that expansion, the fading promise of a two state solution, and Amnesty International’s May report on Israeli activity on the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, June 14, 2012
This week’s Middle East Notes include materials from the CMEP Newsletter, Ha’aretz and Nation of Change focusing on political issues in Israel and the U.S., future Palestinian elections, the need for realistic negotiations and the ending of occupation, June 7, 2012

This week's Middle East Notes include reports on Jerusalem Day, the implications of elections or non-elections in Israel and neighboring countries, the safety of Palestinians in the occupied territories and their continuing struggle for justice, and an Israeli's call for criticism of military occupation, May 31, 2012
Prisoners' fast ends and some are released; Netanyahu crafts deal with Mofaz; remembering Nabka, and more, May 24, 2012
Hamas holds covert elections; Methodists vote to boycott and sanction; Palestinian prisoners increase hunger strikes, and more in this week's Middle East Notes, May 10, 2012
This week's Middle East Notes includes several essays reflecting on Israel's recent celebration of its 64th year of existence, May 3, 2012

This week's Middle East Notes includes an essay comparing the struggle to end the oppression of Palestinians to the work of abolitionists to end the slave trade; an article about Israeli President Peres and his assessment of Abbas as a peace partner; a link to "60 Minutes" recent piece on Christians in the Holy Land; and a resource for groups who want to learn more about the forced Palestinian diaspora, April 26, 2012
Take action: Write to Hillary Clinton and thank her for releasing funds for Palestinian aid; plus more in this week's Middle East Notes, April 19, 2012
This week’s Middle East Notes tell us of people of good will who continue to speak out in the face of a deteriorating peace process, April 12, 2012
More on the settlements and possible responses; one or two state solutions? and read the CMEP Bulletin for information about access to water in the Palestinian territories, April 5, 2012

Violence escalates in region; Israel's ambassador to U.S. writes about Christians in Holy Land and is challenged on his perspective; maps reveal extent of illegal settlements; and more, March 22, 2012
More on Netanyahu's visit to the U.S., plus a report on the Golani Brigade's effect in Hebron, and the story of an Israeli soldier who follows his conscience, March 15, 2012
How realistic is a two state solution?, and Mr. Netanyahu Comes to Washington, March 8, 2012
CMEP's Bulletin, plus articles on Khader Adnan, Israeli settlements, U.S. Jews' relationship to Israel, and a prediction of increased West Bank unrest, March 1, 2012

CMEP's Bulletin, plus articles about the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s recent decision to divest from U.S. companies that do business with Israel; Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan; increasing settlements; and IDF harassment of Palestinians, February 23, 2012.
CMEP's Bulletin, plus articles about the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, an analysis of the media's response to Iran's possible nuclear program, and reflections of a legendary Israeli peace activist, February 16, 2012
CMEP's Bulletin, plus the Foundation for Middle East Peace's Settlement Reports, an essay from, and a letter from North American and European Catholic bishops urging good faith negotiations for peace, February 9, 2012
CMEP's Bulletin, plus a report on a recent home demolition of a peace center, and 64 lies and myths about Israel and Palestine, February 2, 2012

CMEP's Bulletin, indications and non-indications of Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, discussions of apartheid tendencies of present Israeli government’s policies, and the GOP and Palestinians, January 26, 2012
CMEP's Bulletin; questions about the peace process; the UN's humanitarian report on Palestine; and the similarities between Israel's new laws and apartheid South Africa, January 19, 2012
CMEP's Bulletin, Mark Braverman on Kairos, the high cost of U.S. subservience to Israel, and more, January 12, 2012
Was 2011 the year the two state solution died? and more, January 5, 2012

This week's CMEP Bulletin; plus articles from Stephen Zunes, Chemi Shalev, and Avi Issacharoff; a Kairos Palestine statement; and a new statement from human rights groups on the increasing rate of settlements and home demolitions, December 22, 2011
Palestinians continue to avoid direct talks with Israel and Israel declines to submit a proposal on borders and security to the Middle East Quartet; Sabeel sends Christmas greetings; non-religious men wearing the kippah; how peace has vanished; and the latest Settlement Report from FMEP, December 15, 2011
Fifth annual Bethlehem prayer service; Hamas-Fatah reconciliation; the impact of Gush Emunim and more, December 8, 2011
This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus a report on the Russell Tribunal on apartheid, and analysis of Palestine's UNESCO membership and its potential far-reaching effects, December 1, 2011

This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus Dennis Ross' resignation, and next steps for Palestine at the UN; November 29 is International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people, November 17, 2011
Latest CMEP Bulletin; more on Palestine's admission to UNESCO; the struggles of Christian Palestinians; and the latest Settlement Report from FMEP, November 10, 2011
More on the prisoner exchange and Quartet proposals, November 4, 2011

The prisoner exchange, the Quartet's proposals, take action on U.S. aid to Palestine, Palestinian students and more, October 20, 2011
CMEP's BuIletin, Israeli politics, Palestinian efforts to lobby foreign powers, and a quick overview of recent events in other parts of the region, October 13, 2011
CMEP's Bulletin, plus articles from Ha'aretz, the Associated Press, the Seattle Times and more, October 6, 2011

More perspectives on the Palestinian UN bid and its effects on international diplomacy. Also included is a link to the full text of President Abbas' speech to the UN, September 29, 2011
Additional articles, background on Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, September 22, 2011
On the Palestinians' bid for statehood at the United Nations, September 16, 2011
Read articles from Ha'aretz, The Nation and a new statement from Sabeel, September 8, 2011
Update from CMEP, plus articles from, Ha'aretz, Friends of Sabeel-North America, and Al Jazeera, September 1, 2011

Read articles from Ha'aretz and James Wall, plus FMEP's latest settlement report, and more, August 25, 2011
This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus articles from Ofra Yeshua-Lyth, Jeff Halper, Ha'aretz, The Nation, and a new publication from Americans for Peace Now (APN), August 18, 2011
This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus articles from James Wall, Uri Avnery, Nicholas Kristof and Maryknoll Affiliate Charles Reilly, August 11, 2011
This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus a great letter from Jewish Voice for Peace, a report on the elimination of nonviolent resistance in Israel-Palestine, and more, August 4, 2011

This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus a report from J Street, John Allen's recent article in NCR, and Pax Christi USA's news about the Vatican's stance on nuclear weapons, July 28, 2011
This week's CMEP Bulletin, plus new pieces from James Wall and Michael Lerner, discuss the upcoming UN vote on a Palestinian state, July 21, 2011
New pieces written by Yitzhak Laor in Haartez, James Wall, Mark Braverman, and the patriarch of Jerusalem, July 14, 2011
CMEP Bulletin, action alert for Middle East peace, and a new article from Jeff Halper (ICAHD), July 7, 2011

An article on a U.S. student detained in Israel, and an update to the Occupation Oracle, June 30, 2011
Two articles on the possible inclusion of Palestine at the UN, plus a bleak report on Netanyahu and an interview with Jordan's king, June 23, 2011
Four new pieces to consider, June 16, 2011
Two new articles, CMEP bulletin, June 9, 2011

CMEP's bulletin, Jimmy Carter op-ed, May 31, 2011
Little new, mostly old; proposals few, nothing bold, May 25, 2011
World Week for Peace in Palestine-Israel; CMEP's latest bulletin, May 17, 2011
CMEP Bulletin, essay on Hamas-Fatah unity, and a special concert in Gaza, May 4, 2011

CMEP Bulletin and essay by James Wall, April 21, 2011
CMEP Bulletin: Visiting presidents, unity government, incitement and more, April 2011
The Palestinian struggle for justice, by Fr. John Dear, posted April 4, 2011

Upheaval provides opportunity (CMEP), March 28, 2011
Jewish Voices for Peace statement on recent violence, March 25, 2011
Goldstone's legacy for Israel, March 17, 2011
After murder, the paradox of memory, March 17, 2011
MOGC signs letter to Obama on UN veto, March 10, 2011

Egypt: Reflections on rendition and Egypt's future, Feb. 10, 2011

A Palestinian state within the 1967 borders: Settlement vs. sovereignity, Jan. 31, 2011
King's words live in Palestinian city, January 2011
Peace in the Middle East, not process, January 5, 2011

Sabeel Christmas message, December 21, 2010
Palestine 2011, written by Jeff Halper, December 10, 2010

Thanksgiving, Tikkun Olam, and U.S. Jews breaking the Israel barrier, Nov. 24, 2010

Vatican to Israel: End occupation, Oct. 23, 2010
Peace, peace and there is no peace, a blog posting by Mark Braverman, Oct. 15, 2010


UN Human Rights Council condemns May 31 flotilla raid; IDF boards another aid ship, Sept. 28, 2010
CMEP update: Peace talks face rising pressure, uncertainty, Sept. 17, 2010
CMEP update, including remarks on Middle East peace talks, Sept. 14, 2010
Pax Christi International releases statement on Jerusalem, Sept. 14, 2010

Sec'y of State Clinton invites Middle East leaders to renewed talks, August 25, 2010
Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly votes on Israel-Palestine issues: "Something wonderful happened," August 10, 2010


CMEP conference report, July 2010


"Free Gaza" editorial by The Nation, June 3, 2010
CMEP issues statement on flotilla attack, plus background reading, June 2, 2010
Savagery at sea: The flotilla massacre, written by Phyllis Bennis, June 1, 2010


Middle East: Called to disagree - even with people we love or respect, May 10


Two views on re-launching the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement, April 30, 2010
Israel's 62nd anniversary of independence // CMEP's summer conference, April 22, 2010
Calls increase for a rapid resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, April 16, 2010
Christian leaders write letter to Obama, April 6, 2010
Columnist bemoans system that has kept “Israelis blind to the truth," April 6, 2010


Presbyterian Church (USA) releases new report on Israel-Palestine, March 2010
Settlements in Focus: Top six bogus excuses for East Jerusalem settlement expansion, March 25, 2010

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