• Participating in the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Tampa. We spoke in support of the resolution to divest church funds from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard. This was an international conference of one thousand delegates dealing with making decisions relating to church policy. Even though the resolution failed, PCAP helped to pass a resolution to boycott products made in Israel’s illegal settlements. We also resolved to support our UMC allies to work diligently to pass the divestment resolution during their nest General Conference in 2016.
  • Participating in a two-week speaking tour by invitation of the United Methodists’ Northern California/Nevada Conference. The tour included making presentations entitled “Myths and Realities Through Palestinian Eyes” at ten churches, delivering sermons at two churches and speaking with local Palestinian Christians. Church venues included United Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, UCC, Catholic and Baptist churches. We also participated in the UMC California-Nevada Annual Conference attended by over 1,000 delegates and church members. PCAP helped pass a resolution condemning Israeli destruction of Palestinian olive and fruit groves.
  • Working with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (a national organization of over 400 groups) to create an interfaith coalition that is coordinating efforts to influence churches to take specific BDS actions. PCAP is part of developing the national plan entitled “Make BDS Mainstream” in the United States.
  • Conducting a worship service of prayer in support of Palestinians at the Latin American congregation at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Because of their histories living under autocratic governments, the participants at this service were able to identify with the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
  • Collaborating with Sabeel Metro DC to design and implement a successful conference at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC entitled “Palestinian Christians Speak to Churches.” Over 180 persons attended this event. As a result of this conference, we received many invitations to speak at churches throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • Collaborating with Presbyterians at their General Assembly to pass a historic divestment resolution, requiring the church to divest from three corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation. This was accomplished against strong opposition, which was heavily financed by anti-boycott groups. Grace Said and Philip Farah, two of our board members wrote compelling and effective editorials that were circulated widely.
  • Networking with local Palestinian Christian and civil society NGOs to continue to be informed of the BDS work being done internationally and in the United States. PCAP will continue to share their work with churches as part of building a solidarity movement with Palestinians in the United States.
  • Calling for, helping plan, participating in, and co-sponsoring the “National Service of Mourning” for the victims of the invasion of Gaza. Conducted at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC, this was organized through the ecumenical Faith Forum. There were more than 150 attendees at this moving service. The service was broadcast live nationally and internationally.
  • Working with the Alliance of Baptists and Bright Stars of Bethlehem to conduct a two-day conference at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC entitled “Waging Peace” with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb of the Lutheran Christmas Church of Bethlehem as the keynote speaker. The event included the participation of all PCAP board members who led six workshops and a general session.
  • Cosponsoring with Bright Stars of Bethlehem and the Alliance of Baptists’ Justice in Palestine and Israel Community to plan and present a “Room for Hope Festival” in Charlotte, NC. The festival included culinary demonstrations performed by Dar Al Kalima University chefs and a gala reception and banquet prepared by those chefs; a concert performed by Georges Lammam’s band and musicians from Bright Stars of Bethlehem; and an all-day event that included Palestinian Americans sharing their Nakba stories; a Palestinian American journalist sharing his recent experiences while in Gaza during the summer 2014 Israeli invasion; and screening the “Voices Across the Divide” documentary and the Oscar-nominated movie “Omar.”
  • Presenting at the first ever Holy Land Festival at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. Three PCAP board members shared their personal narratives and original poetry and invited participants to join the work of peace with justice among church members in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The leaders of the Franciscan Monastery have invited PCAP to be on the planning committee for next year’s festival.
  • Participating in a nationwide UMC conference in Ohio that focused entirely on peace with justice in the Holy Land. This conference was the first of its kind and was attended by 200 Methodists from across the United States. Several Palestinians from Palestine and the United States spoke, advocating for BDS. The conference was followed by meetings of 85 members of the United Methodist Kairos Response Group to create a strategic plan for carrying on their BDS mission in preparation for the 2016 General Conference.