Founded in 1971, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) works within the Unitarian Universalist community to promote peace and justice in Israel-Palestine, including a settlement of the conflict affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved. Photo: Emile Ashrawi, West Bank, Palestine

UUJME has a national Board of Directors as well as several local groups affiliated with Unitarian Universalist churches throughout the United States. This web site contains many resources for people interested in learning more about the conflict in Israel-Palestine, which stretches back to the 1880s, as well as resources for those ready to take action to promote justice and human rights in Israel-Palestine. 
 Photo: Emile Ashrawi, West Bank, Palestine

UUJME offering 2015 travel scholarships to UU young adults

UUJME will again offer travel scholarships in 2015 to young adult UUs aged 18-35 for trips to the Middle East to enable them to take part in activities to help further the cause of justice, peace, and human rights in Israel-Palestine. We are currently accepting scholarship applications for trips that will take place during the 2015 calendar year, with some flexibility in trip start and end dates.  Please let young adults at your church know about this program, and if possible print out and post our flyer in your church.   Read more ...


2015 UUJME Human Rights Trip to Israel-Palestine

UUJME is leading another human rights trip to Israel-Palestine. The trip will be from July 26 - August 6, 2015. View the flyer by clicking on the image below.


UUJME statement on Gaza assault

Sister Simone Campbell, Ware Lecturer at the UUA General Assembly this year, encouraged us to find the trouble that causes pain and walk willingly toward that trouble. The current situation in Israel-Palestine calls us to take that walk now.

UUJME is saddened and horrified by the violence in Israel-Palestine and we condemn the killing of civilians and the targeting of civilian infrastructure, the vast majority of which is directed against Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.   Read more ...

Study Guides from Our Learn and Reflect Program

Interested in study guides and a UU curriculum on human rights in Israel-Palestine? UUJME launched a Learn and Reflect Program at GA 2014 with study guide packets available by application. 

Please let us know if you would like to be considered for a free study guide packet. Included in each packet are two existing study guides from the Presbyterian Church (USA) with booklets and DVDs, Steadfast Hope and Zionism Unsettled, an overview document, a newsletter with summaries of several different curricula on the topic of Israel-Palestine and of a curriculum based on the 7 UU Principles that is being developed based on a pilot program initiated in Olympia, Washington earlier this year. 
Visit the Learn & Reflect page at the above link to fill out an application to receive a packet. Evaluate the different options, and choose one for setting up a study group.

UUJME 2014 Summer Newsletter is here

Read about UUJME's General Assembly programs, statement on Gaza, our late UUJME founder, Rev. David Van Strien, Presbyterian divestment, book reviews, and more in UUJME's Summer 2014 newsletter.

UUJME letter to Scarlett Johansson

The UUJME Board of Directors has written a letter to actress Scarlett Johansson after learning she had accepted the role of spokesperson for SodaStream.  SodaStream is an Israel company that manufactures home carbonation systems in a West Bank settlement, thereby profiting from the Israeli occupation.  The Interfaith Boycott Coalition, of which UUJME is a member organization, has been conducting a boycott of SodaStream, and many of UUJME's members and supporters have signed the online petition asking stores and customers not to stock or buy SodaStream products.

UUJME TIAA-CREF divestment campaign update

UUJME has asked UUs to sign a petition to TIAA-CREF calling on it to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupations of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The petition to TIAA-CREF is particularly appropriate for UUs because the staffs of many UU congregations and organizations have their retirement savings with TIAA-CREF, and because TIAA-CREF prides itself on socially-conscious investing.  We've gotten hundreds of signatures so far, but we hope to get many more.  Read more to find out how you can help!

UUJME Endorses SodaStream Boycott

SodaStream is an Israeli corporation that manufactures consumer devices that create soda water from tap water in the home.  SodaStream bills its product as being environmentally friendly, as it helps reduces waste from bottles and cans created by commercially-bottled carbonated beverages.  Unfortunately, SodaStream's main manufacturing plant is located on illegally-confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Edomim, which means the profits from the sale of SodaStream products are being used to sustain Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land.  UUJME has heeded the call of Palestinian civil society to boycott SodaStream, and we have signed on as an endorser of the Interfaith Boycott Coalition.  For more information, see Code Pink's SodaStream page.

UUs Support Palestinian Rights with Petition to TIAA-CREF

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) has begun a campaign asking UUs to sign a petition to investment giant TIAA-CREF calling on it to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. 

Read more about the campaign here.

UUJME has a Facebook Page and Twitter account!

Check out UUJME's Facebook page and let us know what you think.  Please click our "Like" button if you like what you see!

Also follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/uujme!

Letter to Congress by 15 Christian Leaders

On October 5, 2012, fifteen Christian leaders wrote a letter to Congress urging an end to unconditional military aid to Israel.  Read the letter here...

Print the TIAA-CREF Divestment Petition

Petitions can be printed out here

Electronically Sign the TIAA-CREF Petition

Add your electronic signature to the petition here.