Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC), a Christian relief, development, and peacebuilding agency, has recently launched an educational campaign called “Cry for Home” focussing on the ongoing human tragedy in Israel/Palestine. I interviewed Rick Cober Bauman, Executive Director of MCC Canada about the campaign. Read more and watch the short video interview…
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada is part of a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches. It carries out a wide range of humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding projects, responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice around the world. It carries considerable heft, with its North American budget estimated to be around $100 Million US.
MCC has been present in the middle east since 1949, initially assisting Palestinians expelled in 1948 to make way for the new State of Israel.
Today, MCC works with Palestinian and Israeli groups working for justice and peace in a variety of ways. It provides important services to Palestinian refugees many of whom live in large refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, as well as in the occupied territories.
Since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in 1967, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, MCC has accepted invitations from Palestinians to walk alongside them as they search for justice, peace and freedom. MCC supports the efforts of both Palestinians and Israelis committed to nonviolence and to a future of peace, justice and reconciliation for both peoples.
MCC Canada has just launched a campaign aimed at its supporters entitled “A cry for home’. Its objective is to bring attention to the fact that while for most of us, having a ‘home” is a given, that is not the reality for Palestinians — or even for some Israelis.
Living under Israeli occupation, Palestinians regularly experience demolition of their homes, confiscation of their land, restrictions to their movement because of checkpoints, walls, and permit systems. They live with severe water shortages. Many of those who resist — even those who resist non-violently — face military detention and imprisonment.
I recently interviewed Rick Cober Bauman about the campaign.
The MCC “Cry for Home” campaign began in September 2017 and will continue for 3 years. For more information check out Cry for Home on the MCC Canada website.
Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) aims to promote a serious discussion in Canada about the complicated and emotional Israel/Palestine issue. We invite comments from readers. Both Zionists and non-Zionist opinion is welcome as long as it is expressed in a respectful way. If you support our educational mission, why not join? Or make a donation? Or learn more about what we do? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.