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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 18:05

DC Chapter & MOGC

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The DC Affiliate Chapter is working more closely with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) and has also been meeting in their office space in DC for some two years now. As you know MOGC speaks for all the Maryknoll entities on issues of global justice and peace. Our DC Affiliate Chapter would like to be helpful to all the Chapters as some of their “eyes, ears and hands” in the Nation’s Capitol.

Maryknoll through the MOGC is one of the signers of a recent letter sent to all the members of Congress on October 5th with copies to President Obama and Secretary of State, Clinton. The letter on accountability for Military Aid to Israel and an invitation to sign a letter of support are included below. (to read please click):

http://blogs.elca.org/peacenotwalls/files/2012/10/12oct5letteraboutaid.pdf

MOGC along with 14 other members of a Faith Forum group wrote this letter in support of the long delayed peace process and an ending of the continued violence between the Israelis and Palestinians. Gospel values of justice and peace as spoken of by Bonhoeffer inspired the letter. 

"Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more than they are doing now. Christians should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong."

Click here fo an Action Alert from Jewish Voice for Peace. The DC Affiliates encourage you to sign their petition. Also below are links to various responses to the Military Aid Letter.

Thanksgiving Greetings to all the Affiliates from the members of the DC Chapter.            

Chris Smith – DC Chapter Coordinator


US Military Aid to Israel letter responses:

From Jewish organizations:
AJC: http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=2818289&ct=12221361&notoc=1
ADL: http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/Protestant-jewish-interfaith-conference-101012.htm
JCPA: http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=2818289&ct=12221361&notoc=1PA: http://engage.jewishpublicaffairs.org/blog/comments.jsp?blog_entry_KEY=6589
Rabbinical Assembly: http://jcommunitynews.blogspot.com/2012/10/conservative-rabbis-dismayed-by.html

JVP Rabbinical Council letter: http://palestiniantalmud.com/2012/10/15/rabbinical-support-for-the-end-of-unconditional-military-aid-to-israel/

From other sources:

James Zogby: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/james-zogby/efforts-to-silence-an-app_b_1992396.html
Eric Yoffe:
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/heading-toward-an-irreparable-rift-between-u-s-jews-and-protestants.premium-1.471967
American Muslims for Palestine:
http://www.ampalestine.org/index.php/newsroom/statements/397-amp-supports-clergy

News in the media on this story:

Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_JEWS_PROTESTANTS_ISRAEL?SECTION=HOME&SITE=AP&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/us/church-appeal-on-israel-angers-jewish-groups.html?_r=0
Ha’aretz: http://www.haaretz.com/news/jews-protestants-spar-over-israel-military-aid.premium-1.471286
The Forward:
http://forward.com/articles/164874/interfaith-dialogue-troubled-even-before-israel-di/?p=1
Huffington Post video news show:
http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/5083749afe34443333000176


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