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5 Beliefs of the Churches for Middle East Peace

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The Churches for Middle East Peace was formed in 1984. It is an organization of 22 national church groups and denominations in the Christian traditions of the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant religions.

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The CMEP aims to influence U.S. foreign policy by making the experience of its churches in the Middle East better known to government decision makers. The organization is tax-exempt and a nonprofit, and funding comes from individuals, local churches, national churches, and ecumenical groups. The Churches for Middle East Peace have offices in every state of the United States, and provide resources for individuals to learn how to work with politicians.

The group encourages in-person meetings with politicians by members. This is seen as the best possible way for experiences and policy advice to be discussed with U.S. foreign policy makers.

Here are the beliefs of the Churches for Middle East Peace:

1. The provision of two separate states, Israel and Palestine, is the only solution to the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land. The countries should live together, side by side within secure and recognized borders.

2. The path to peace in the Middle East is through the demilitarization of conflicts and a region free of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

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3. Human rights should be fully respected by the full observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention and other human rights conventions of the United Nations.

4. Only by having lasting peace in the Middle East will the United States achieve a greater degree national security. It is vital for the region and for the US that a viable solution is found to conflict in the area.

5. The city of Jerusalem should be shared equally by the two peoples who live there and equal access to sacred parts by the three religions, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish, who see the city as the holiest of places.

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