A village in crisis to protect;
the whole Congress to awaken to the occupation.
United Methodist Kairos Response
Help Us Save a Village
Below: Israeli settlement Beitar Illit is an over- powering presence for its vulnerable neighbor
Below: Sewage from Israeli settlement pours onto the land of the nearby village, Wadi Foquin.

United Methodists are asking the
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to schedule a hearing on Wadi Foquin for 2013.

The Lantos Commission advocates for human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They provide expert advice to members of Congress and the White House on human rights issues and develop strategies to address violations. 

United Methodists visit Congress,
November 2012
      Above, from the left:
Rev. Larry George, UMC, retired
Jean Hart, member of Berkeley United Methodist Church and chair of the advocacy committee for "Friends of Wadi Foquin"
Joyce Kaysar, member of San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church;
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-Calif
Rev. Michael Yoshii, pastor of Buena Vista United Methodist Church and chair of "Friends of Wadi Foquin"
Janet Lahr Lewis, missionary with the UM General Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Liaison to Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Thanks for all your help,
Michael, Larry, Emily, and all the Steering Committee of UMKR

Dear <<First Name>>,

In late November, many of us were getting started on the holiday season.

But some United Methodists in California traveled to Washington and talked to members of Congress about a Palestinian village in crisis.

Wadi Foquin ("wadee fokeen") has lost huge portions of their agricultural land because of Israeli settlement expansion. See on the left the settlement Beitar Illit, which is overwhelming the village.

Villagers also suffer from that settlement's sewage poisoning their land, and they are being cut off from their neighbors and the world by the Separation Wall.  That is a sadly familiar story to many of us, but not something that the US Congress hears very often.

Sign a petition asking for a hearing in 2013 on human rights violations in Wadi Foquin.

Click here:  SIGN THE PETITION to the Lantos Commission. There you can also read more about the crisis in Wadi Foquin.

You might askWhy focus on just one village, when ALL the Palestinians are experiencing terrible abuse of their rights?  This advocacy campaign for Wadi Foquin is a faithful response to the village's request, by United Methodists who have been in partnership with them (see some of these on the left).

At UMKR, we know Wadi Foquin's experiences are an important example of the systemic human rights violations under the Israeli military occupation.

Getting Congressional members to look at the case of ONE village may be an achiev
able goal.

It also could be a BIG step toward reaching US elected officials about the injustice of the whole occupation.

Sign the petition to the Lantos Commission members ask them to take a closer look this coming year at the suffering in one endangered Palestinian community.

You can read more about Wadi Foquin and what United Methodists are doing to help this village, at
The Oakland Tribune and
Also in this article from the

United Methodist General Board
of Church & Society.

<<First Name>>, please spread the word as widely as you can!  This petition will need a lot of support.

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