UUs for a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine (UUJPIP) is a social justice group of USG that is not currently active.  We are an affiliated chapter of UUs for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME).  Our mission is to work toward peace with justice in Israel-Palestine, affirming the equality, dignity, freedom, and human rights of all peoples involved.  We emphasize the following UU Principles in our work:

1) the inherent worth and dignity of every person,

2) justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, and

3) the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.  

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a longstanding conflict that calls on our dedication to justice, as both Unitarian Universalists and as U.S. taxpayers.  U.S. citizens are directly connected to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the roughly $3.5 billion in foreign aid given to Israel annually (Washington Post Sep. 26, 2016, “The U.S. Foreign-Aid Budget, Visualized”).  As taxpayers of conscience, we owe it to ourselves to inquire whether our tax dollars are supporting a peaceful resolution or a prolonged conflict.

We have been building alliances with other organizations devoted to this issue, such as Jewish Voice for Peace, Christian Jewish Allies, and Main Line Unitarian. Among our activities to date have been:

  • hosting an educational workshop “Steadfast Hope” by Christian-Jewish Allies in Spring of 2016
  • hosting USG’s social justice theme of the month “Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine” in November 2017
  • selling fair trade Palestinian olive oil and food products from Canaan Fair Trade
  • hosting a showing of the film Encounter Point about The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF)
  • hosting Rabbi Meryl Crean for a sermon and dialogue

Further Resources:

UU’s for Justice in the Middle East http://uujme.org/home

Jewish Voice for Peace https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Parents Circle – Families Forum http://theparentscircle.org

J Street http://jstreet.org

Christian Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia http://cjallies.org

Al Bustan Seeds of Culture http://www.albustanseeds.org/