June 9, 2003
 Building support for M.E. peacemaking

Churches for Middle East Peace has published a full page ad in the June 7 issue of the Capitol Hill magazine, CQ Weekly.  The ad's placement is such that it appears opposite an article entitled "Foreign Policy Credibility Gap Worries Many in Congress."  The ad is also appearing in CQ Today from Monday through Friday of this week.  The Congressional Quarterly publications, which report on legislation and the politics of policymaking, are a mainstay of all Congressional offices, Administration officials, lobby firms and the media.  The ad is one way that we are reminding lawmakers that most U.S. Christians do indeed want peace in the Middle East and support a two-state solution to the conflict.  The ad is attached (as a pdf file) and is also posted on our website -- www.cmep.org. The text of the ad is provided at the end of this email.

Among the organizations in Washington that work on Capitol Hill in support of Arab-Israeli peacemaking are the Arab American Institute and Americans for Peace Now. I also wanted to call your attention to an important initiative they have launched together to promote the Road Map in the Arab American and Jewish American communities. Their jointly prepared "talking points" and background information on the Road Map will be helpful to you as well and can be found at http://www.peacenow.org/Roadmap/index.html and http://www.aaiusa.org/focus_roadmap.htm.

The text of the ad follows:


"We believe that with hard work and good faith and courage, it is possible to bring peace to the Middle East. . . .The Holy Land must be shared between the state of Palestine and the state of Israel, living at peace with each other and with every nation of the Middle East." -- President George W. Bush, June 4, 2003


It is time for the United States -- President, Congress, and friends of Israel and Palestine -- to have the courage to be peacemakers and to press both Israelis and Palestinians to seize the opportunity.

The violence must end.  The settlements must end.  The occupation must end.  The security of Israel must be assured.  The state of Palestine must be independent and viable.

Is peacemaking easy?  No. Can peace be achieved? Yes. It must be -- for the sake of all people in the Middle East.

Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace is a Washington-based program of the Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Mission Service, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Maryknoll Missioners, Mennonite Central Committee, National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church (GBCS & GBGM) .  For further information, see www.cmep.org.