Key documents that often come up in discussions of Israel/Palestine within the ELCA:

The Kairos Palestine Document

2005 ELCA Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine

Existing ELCA Social Criteria Investment Policy

Learn about the AMAZING ministries of Lutherans in Palestine and Jordan:

The Lutheran World Federation, Augusta Victoria Hospital

Dar Al-Kalima University

Jesus’ Baptismal Site:  Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan

Beautiful Video on the Baptismal Site

Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour

Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah

Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Jala

Recent articles on U.S. military aid to the State of Israel:

“Hellfire in Perspective: U.S. Military Aid to Israel Exceeds $100 Billion” (Ha’aretz-Israel’s largest newspaper, 8/18/14)

“U.S. Offers to Increase Military Aid to Israel” (New York Times, 7/1/16)


Relevant Books on Israel and Palestine:

Sandy Tolan, The Lemon Tree. [A good place to begin learning about the conflict through the stories of both an Israeli and a Palestinian family.]

Sandy Tolan, Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.

Elias Chacour, Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel.

Mitri Raheb, Faith in the Face of Empire.

Mitri Raheb, I Am a Palestinian Christian.

Beverly Milton-Edwards, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A People’s War. [Academic, though very accessible history of the conflict and Israeli occupation.]

Tom Segev, One Palestine Complete. [An in-depth history of British colonialism in Palestine by a well-known mainstream Israeli journalist.]

Tom Segev, 1967: Israel, the War and the Year that Transformed the Middle East. [Israeli journalist’s perspective on the events prior to and subsequent to the 1967 war. Good analysis of Israeli social history of discrimination within Israeli society from that period.]

Jimmy Carter, Peace, Not Apartheid.