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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    news article

    Social Holiness Concerns: Promoting Human Rights for all, especially children

    March 6, 2018 / By Karen Peterson, Task Force of Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel

    Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts, with approximately 500 to 700 children entering Israeli military detention system in a year.

    UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) has repeatedly called upon Israel to end night arrests and ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children in military detention.

    On November 14, 2017, legislation was introduced in the US Congress entitled Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, which declares that “Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children”, and seeks to prevent the US from financing Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse and ill-treatment of Palestinian children.    

    Please stop by the Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel table at Annual Conference to learn more about day to day life for Palestinians especially children and sign our petition.

    Lenten suggestion: Imagine a day with only 4 hours of electricity! For roughly $1,000, a solar panel and battery can be provided for a family in Gaza, enabling the family to have light, refrigeration, and maybe even charge a phone or computer if they had one. At best, Gazan families get 3 to 4 hours of power per day and some days none! What a gift a solar panel and battery would be!

    A donation of any amount may be sent to the Shepherd Society through UM Church Advance #3020439.   Include a letter with your donation specifying you wish it to be used for solar panel and battery for Gazan family. The Shepherd Society was started in 1996 by Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem to help meet the needs of some of their neighbors.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."