The Israel/Palestine conflict has been raging since Israel's nationalization in 1948. It is a complex and far-ranging issue, with enormous international implications.
Discussions can be emotional, spiritual, political, and intellectual. Here are resources to touch on all the salient points to increase awareness and understanding.
See also our War & Genocide lib guide.
Solutions Not Sides is an education programme that exists to provide humanising encounters, diverse narratives and critical-thinking tools in order to empower young people with the knowledge, empathy and skills to promote dialogue and conflict resolution, and to challenge prejudice in the UK.
PLEASE NOTE: SNS has been critiqued by some Muslim groups. Please read one critique here. It may be helpful to use suggestions and some content while being transparent about the origins of SNS.
Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for Palestinian rights and freedom. We organize within an anti-Zionist framework to support anti-colonial and anti-racist struggle, understanding the connection between liberation in Palestine and Indigenous sovereignty here in the U.S., as well as the end of white supremacy. Our local JVP-TC chapter is working to promote abolition organizing in the Twin Cities and ending the #DeadlyExchange. Our chapter has a long history of legislative work on multiple fronts. We meet monthly.
Supporting over two hundred Palestine solidarity organizations across occupied Turtle Island, we aim to develop a student movement that is connected, disciplined, and equipped with the tools necessary to achieve Palestinian liberation.
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.
Minnesota for Palestine Coalition is a group of Palestine solidarity organizations in Minnesota. The coalition represents organizations and activists from a diverse set of ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds with a shared belief in justice for the people of Palestine.
In Real Christian Talk about Israel and the Palestinians, Dr. Greg Carey asserts that, "Despite the media’s efforts to promote over-simplified narratives, it’s possible for us to hold multiple truths in tension with one another. Let us not grow weary in our insistence upon justice for the Palestinians."
Worship Resources for the Crisis in the Holy Land
A set of worship resources is now available on ELCA.org. Several prayers are provided that could be used during the prayers of intercession or at other times, in public worship or for devotional use at home or in other settings. Additions may be made to these resources in the coming days and weeks.
Daneen Akers created a wonderful list of resources for talking with children about conflict, violence, and war. Find her helpful learning and spiritual practice resources here.
For resources on the modern history of Israel / Palestine, see this list of readings compiled by associate editor of Alma, Emily Burack.