Past Events/Projects:

Boycott SodaStream! SodaStream manufactures its beverage carbonating devices in a West Bank settlement. Join WIAMEP, JVP, Sabeel-DC, and others in educating shoppers and calling on local store managers to tell their corporate headquarters to stop stocking the product. Details of specific local actions may be found at Facebook page of Jewish Voice for Peace - DC Metro Chapter. Join the national campaign at

Sunday, December 8 2013, at 2 pm: Boycott Sodastream Action at the Columbia Heights Mall, across from Columbia Heights Metro Station. Details at 12/8 Facebook event or PDF flyer.

Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 10 am: Joint Simulcast Prayer Service with People of Bethlehem at the Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin Ave at Massachusetts, NW DC. Details at or PDF flyer.

Palestinian Film-maker Emad Burnat and his film Five Broken Cameras won an International Emmy on November 25, 2013. WIAMEP supported Emad's attendance at the event.

Our Tax Dollars in Action

See the Video from Inauguration Weekend
Saturday, January 19th 2013, 4-6 pm

Rally at Farragut Square (17th and K Streets, NW) at 4 pm Followed by Candlelight Procession to the White House

Tell President Obama: Condition US aid to Israel on compliance with US & international law.

Sign the letter to President Obama NOW:

Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace

More info at or download the PDF flyer.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012, 10 am - 6th Annual Simulcast Worship Service with People of Bethlehem in the Nave of the Washington National Cathedral. See for live streaming. Download the PDF flyer.

Monday, Dec 3, 2012, 7pm - Meet Rabbi Brant Rosen, author of Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi's Path to Palestinian Solidarity at St. John's Parish - Georgetown, 3240 O Str NW DC. Flyer with details here.

The Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace penned a letter of support for the Oct. 5, 2012, letter from prominent religious leaders to Congress requesting accountability for Israel's illegal use of weapons in OPT. Sign on to a letter to President Obama to encourage adoption of the Oct. 5 letter's recommendations. There is also a letter of support to the signers of the letter.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:30pm - Sunset - We Remember the Nakba.  Come congregate with 531 of us (one for every village lost) for a memorial in front of the White House. Details here (pdf).

Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:30pm - Omar Barghouti on BDS: The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela at Plymouth Congregational UCC, 5301 N Capitol Str NE, Washington, DC. PDF flyer here

PUBLIC PETITION to stop desecration of the MAMILLA MUSLIM CEMETERY IN JERUSALEM by Israeli authorities and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 10 am - 5th Annual Bethlehem Simulcast Prayer Service  at the National Cathedral. PDF flyer here

Jean Zeru's September 2011 address at Notre Dame University advocates for non-violent resistance to end the Israeli occupation and names BDS as a sound strategy for the protection of human rights, international law, and most critically, gives Palestinians hope in their daily struggle. Jean Zeru's wisdom is boundless. She is the first woman in Palestine to chart the path of non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation, which now has become the norm for Palestinians. Her consistent message of our shared common humanity is a testament to her moral courage and high ethical standing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011  5:30pm. Join us to protest award of the 2011 Henry C. Turner prize to Caterpillar at National Building Museum, 401 F Str NW DC near Judiciary Square Metro. RSVP  and find details here on Facebook. Also, go to the Rachel Corrie Foundation's webpage to sign on to a petition requesting that the museum rescind this award.

Thursday, September 15, 2011  6pm. Join us in the streets of Washington, DC on the eve of the UN resolution. Assemble at the State Department (22nd & C Streets NW) and march to the White House. Please visit

Tuesday, July 19, 2011   5:30pm. TIAA-CREF Divestment Campaign Protest Action at intersection of H and I, NW DC (Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro)


Friday, April 15, 2011 at 6pm: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti will speak about his new book at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K, NW DC. Flyer here.

December 18 (Saturday), 2010, 10 am - 4th Annual Simulcast Worship Service with People of Bethlehem in the Nave of the Washington National Cathedral. PDF flyer.

Focus on Settlements

Palestinian Loss of LandHaaretz 2010/11/16: USAID Funding Israeli Settlement Infrastructure

Foundation for Middle East Peace Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories

New York Times 2010/7/5: US Tax Dollars Supporting West Bank Settlements

Peace Now Settlement Watch

The Settlement Industry from

Learn About US Aid to Israel

Council for the National Interest: Advocating Middle East Policies that serve the American national interest

Human Rights Watch calls for Extended Settlement Freeze

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7pm:  Film screening of With God on Our Side about Christian Zionism with director Porter Speakman and author Rev. Stephen Sizer, at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E Capitol Str NE, DC. Details in a PDF Flyer

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 3pm: To commemorate Nakba, sail the Potomac in an act of determination and peaceful defiance! Meet at Washington Harbor (Georgetown) near Nick's Riverside Grill. Other boats welcome, as well as supporters on Memorial Bridge. Support the Gaza Freedom March Nakba competition! Details (pdf).

Monday, May 24, 2010, 12-2pm: We invite you to a lecture by: Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. President, Foundation for Middle East Peace: "The Middle East Conflict in the Modern Era" Sixth and I Synagogue 600 I Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001 Details.

December 19 (Saturday), 2009, 9:30 am - 3rd Annual Simulcast Worship Service with People of Bethlehem in the Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral. Please see or download the PDF flyer.

December 30, 2009 (Wednesday) 5-7 pmDC Vigil for Gaza - Candlelight vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli invasion of Gaza, at 7th & H Str NW. Details here. Download a PDF flyer: full page or mini-4x.

December 3, 2009 (Thursday) 7 pm - Book Reading, Lecture and Discussion with Mark Braverman, author of Fatal Embrace:  Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. At Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 222 E. Capitol Str NE, Washington, DC. Details in a PDF flyer.

December 6, 2009 (Sunday) 2-6 pm -  “YES WE CAN: MIDDLE EAST PEACE” (YesMEP) invites you to an afternoon of MUSIC, THEATER, PLEAS FOR PEACE (from bereaved families) in support of President Obama’s initiative for a two-state solution. Details and tickets at

WIAMEP is pleased to nominate Pam Rasmussen to receive a UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award for 2009. The awards were presented at the UNA-NCA's annual Human Rights Luncheon on December 10, 2009.

October 1-3, 2009 - Pursue Justice, Seek Peace! Please join us at the Friends of Sabeel Conference at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Str NW, Washington, DC, which will link the African-American civil rights movement with the Palestinian struggle for rights and self-determination. Get the final program here. Register online. Get the new press release or a promotional flyer. The following events are highlights of this conference's program:

October 1, 7pm (Thursday) - Hopes for the Future: Overcoming the Failures of the Peace Process. A lecture by  Professor Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Flyer.

October 2, 12 Noon (Friday) - Andrew Whitley, Director, UN Representative Office, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on Averting Further Tragedy in Gaza. Box lunch: $10. Flyer.

October 2, 8pm (Friday) - Palestine, a special performance by Najla Said. This visceral one-woman theater piece sheds light on what it means to be Arab, to be American, to be aware. Flyer.

Sept. 1, 2009 (Tuesday) 7 pm - Reception for the Nakba Photo Exhibit: “The Story of the Palestinians, 1948 to 2009”   The Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (HCCEIO) and Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace (WIAMEP) invite you to a reception marking the opening of a month-long display at Howard County Central Library, Little Patuxent Pkwy & South Entrance Rd, Columbia, MD  21044. Details here.

July 26, 2009 (Sunday) 12:30 pm - Firsthand Experiences in Gaza and Israel: Stories and Dialogue.  As the siege of Gaza continues and Netanyahu resists Obama's call for a settlement freeze, news about the strained relations between Israel, the Occupied Territories of Palestine, and the United States has been voluminous. Two Montgomery County residents who just returned from three weeks of travel with CODEPINK to Gaza and Israel will provide a firsthand account of the “facts on the ground.” Shelley Cohen Fudge and Pam Rasmussen will tell their stories and lead what we hope will be a spirited discussion of the prospects for peace and how you can help. Fireside Room, River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817 Phone:  301/229-0400

July 12, 2009 (Sunday) 1-3 pm - Bette Hoover of Just Peace Circles will give a presentation on her recent trip to Israel/Palestine and her work with BUSTAN - Bedouins vs. the State of Israel: From Freedom to Fear at Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD. Details in a PDF flyer.

April 19, 2009 (Sunday) 2-4 pm - Give Peace a Chance Campaign - Demolition of Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem Workshop and Worship Service at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA. PDF flyer here.

Rev. Stephen Sizer - Christian Zionism, the Palestinians, and the U.S. PDF flyer here.

April 24, 2009 (Friday) 7:30 pm - Crusader Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD. 
April 25, 2009 (Saturday) 10 am - Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW, DC.
April 26, 2009 (Sunday) 12 noon - Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F Street NE, DC.

March 27, 2009 (Friday) 7:30 pm - Courage of Conscience Speaking Tour Combatants for Peace at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, DC. PDF flyer with details here.

February 22, 2009 (Sunday) 2-4 pm - Give Peace a Chance Campaign - Interfaith Worship Service with Muslim, Jewish and Christian Teachings Gaza: In Search of Our Common Humanity at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, 3215 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi, MD. PDF flyer here.

Sabeel's Rev. Naim Ateek in DC Feb. 20-22. Details here.

Nakba Photo Exhibit
at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, will be on display in the Methodist Building lobby Feb. 3 - 24.
This exhibit, entitled Our Story: A Photo Exhibit Commemorating 60 Years of Disposession, is available to borrow within the DC Metro area. A sampling of the exhibit may be viewed in PDF format from Friends of Sabeel-Canada.
See here for details about utilizing the exhibit in the DC area. 

February 3 (Tuesday) 5:30-7 pm - Opening Reception for the Nakba Photo Exhibit at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE. Details here

January 25, 2009 (Sunday) 2-4 pm - Give Peace a Chance Campaign - Prayer Service and Workshop on Obama Effect on Israel/Palestine and their Neighbors at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave NW. PDF flyer here.

Crisis in Gaza

WIAMEP urges support of the UN Goldstone Inquiry into human rights violations in Gaza. 

December 6 (Saturday), 2008, 4 pm - Christmas Procession for Bethlehem at 14th and Constitution, NW. Details and PDF flyer here.

December 10 (Wednesday), 2008, 7-9 pm - Give Peace a Chance CampaignWorkshop on Possession vs. Rights: Land Confiscation in Jerusalem at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Str NW. PDF flyer here.

December 20 (Saturday), 2008, 9:30 am - 2nd Annual Simulcast Worship Service with People of Bethlehem in the Bethlehem Chapel of the National Cathedral. PDF flyer here.

Nov. 16 (Sunday), 2008, 3-5 pm - Give Peace a Chance Campaign - Prayer Service followed by Workshop on Sharing Jerusalem: What Does It Mean? at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. PDF flyer Here.

November 12-19, 2008 - 7th International Sabeel Conference in Jerusalem and Nazereth - Beyond Remembrance: Facing the Challenges of the Future Sixty Years After the Nakba  

Sep. - Oct. 2008 - Nakba Photo Exhibit - at Potter's House, NW Washington, DC.  Details here

Oct. 3 (Friday), 2008, 11:30 am - Rev. Naim Ateek - Lecture and Lunch at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Capitol Hill. Details here.

Oct. 24-25, 2008 - Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation 10th International Conference at National Presbyterian Church, NW DC. Details at

Sep. 21 (Sunday), 2008, 2-4 pm - Give Peace a Chance Campaign - Prayer Service followed by Workshop on the Separation Barrier at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Georgetown. See for details. A PDF flyer suitable for posting is here.

Sep. 21 (Sunday), 2008, 3-5:30 pm - Opening of the Nakba Photo Exhibit - at Potter's House, NW Washington, DC. Guest Speaker is Afaf Aysh. Details here

July 20 (Sunday), 2008, 2-4 pm - Give Peace a Chance Campaign - Prayer Service followed by Workshop on Restrictions on Movement in Palestine at Ravensworth Baptist Church in Annandale. See for more information.

July 21 (Monday), 2008, 5-8 pm - Protest the right-wing Christians United for Israel Annual Conference, and raise awareness about preventing war with Iran and the importance of respecting world religions at 9th & Mass. Ave. NW. See press release for more information.

June 22 (Sunday), 2008, 7 pm - Daoud Nassar at First Presbyterian - Annandale, VA. See PDF flyer for more details.

June 24 (Tuesday), 2008, 7 pm - Daoud Nassar at Glen Echo Town Hall - Maryland. See PDF flyer for details.

June 15 (Sunday), 2008, 2-4 pm - Give Peace a Chance! Campaign - Prayer Service and Workshop on Water Issues in Palestine. See PDF flyer for more information.

May 18 (Sunday), 2008, 3-5 pm - Prayer Service and Workshop on East Jerusalem Settlements at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church. See PDF flyer or visit Sharing Jerusalem - Give Peace a Chance site for more information.

May 17 (Saturday), 2008, 2-4 pm - WIAMEP is sponsoring "Al-Nakba Commemoration: Palestine, 60 Years of Ethnic Cleansing (1948 – 2008)" on 3rd Str SW between Pennsylvania and Maryland Aves at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, near the National Museum of the American Indian (center of this map).  Program will include speakers whose families were forced to leave their homes and villages during the establishment of the State of Israel. · Informative PDF flyer with resource list · Website with more Nakba info · Powerpoint Slide Show of this event (3 MB) 

May 16 (Friday), 6-8 pm: Rooftop Fundraiser for Love Thy Neighbor's "Living Nonviolence Camps" in Ramallah and workshops for youth. Food, drink, ...... $50 suggested donation. At Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP rooftop, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW , Washington DC 20004. Info: David Delewski, 301-339-4419 or PDF flyer

May 10-14, 2008 - You are invited to hear Dr. Alice Rothchild speak at one of eleven events in the Washington DC metro area May 10-14. Her itinerary is listed here. Dr.  Rothchild is a Jewish obstetrician/gynecologist who has become involved in Middle East peace efforts and has spent a considerable amount of time in the region working with Palestinian and Israeli women and children. She co-founded and co-chairs the Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, formerly Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, and organized the Jewish American Medical Project, now the JVP Health and Human Rights Project.  

March 10 - April 30, 2008 - Give the Gift of School Back Packs to Palestinian Children. Drop-off sites in DC, Annandale, and Springfield.

April 20-22, 2008 - We encourage your participation in the Annual CMEP Conference at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008  was an Interfaith Prayer Service at St. Alban's Episcopal Church calling for an end to the Gaza blockade and the ongoing violence followed by a Vigil at the Israeli Embassy. View Press Release (pdf) or press coverage (pdf).

Meet Yonatan Shapira and Bassam Aramin when they visit our area Jan. 21-24.  They are founding members of Combatants for Peace  and will be speaking about the experiences that transformed them from combatants to peacemakers, and about the Abir's Garden project, a playground being built in memory of Bassam's daughter, Abir, one of 863 children who died at the hands of Occupation forces since 2000.

Jan. 21, 7:00 PM, Veterans for Peace at Stoney Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Jan. 22, 6:00 PM, Busboys and Poets Restaurant and Cafe, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC, (202) 387-7638

Dec. 22, 9:30am - Christmas Procession for Bethlehem at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. UPDATED PRESS RELEASE - 12/17/07 (pdf)

Dec. 6 Noon - DAOUD NASSAR of the Tent of Nations (near Bethlehem) at FCNL, Washington, DC.

Nov. 26-28, 2007 - People's Peace Conference & Truth Commission - Annapolis and Washington DC.

Oct. 20 & 21 - Sharing Jerusalem Communications Workshops, led by Cecilie Surasky, Jewish Voice for! Saturday, 9:30am - 4:30pm at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, and Sunday 1-4pm at Vitarello home. Pre-registration required. (Click on title for PDF flyer and form.) For more about Sharing Jerusalem, click

June 2007 poster

June 10-11 - The World Says No to Israeli Occupation!
On the 40th anniversary of Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, huge mobilization was a huge success! The protest, teach-in, and lobby day was put together by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice.

Mar. 28 - Kathy Bergen, Wed. Noon at FCNL, DC.

Feb. 3 - Join us for an ICAHD Fundraiser at Busboys and Poets

Rev. Naim Ateek is in DC in February to speak about Christianity and Palestine:

Christmas Procession for Bethlehem
Saturday, December 23 4:00 PM at Lafayette Park.
Details (including pictures from the event) here .
Read Reflections on Bethlehem.

End the Gaza Siege SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 12:00 noon Rally at Dupont Circle Details here . Read speech by WIAMEP member Dr. Mark Braverman.

July 25, 2006, 5pm -- Demonstration Protesting Israel's Ongoing Actions in Lebanon and Gaza. , near the Israeli embassy.

School Supplies Drive for Palestinian Refugee Children

March 3-4, 2006 -- DC Friends of Sabeel Conference: Pursue Justice, Seek Peace!  Working together to build a better future in Palestine and Israel

December 27-30, 2005 -- "Celebrating Nonviolent Resistance", an International Conference in Bethlehem, Palestine

November 13, 2005 -- Christian Zionism, the Palestinians & the U.S. , Rev. Stephen Sizer

April 2005 -- Sami Awad of Holy Land Trust Can Nonviolence Help End the Israeli Occupation?

Mr. Awad was in the United States to meet with prominent nonviolent activists in connection with an International Conference on Nonviolence that will take place in Bethlehem, Palestine in December 2005. The principle purpose of this conference is to bring together civil rights leaders, nonviolence trainers and peace activists from around the world to share ideas and experience. The Holy Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization established in 1998 with the aim of strengthening, encouraging and improving the Palestinian community. The Trust supports the Palestinian community in developing nonviolent resistance approaches towards ending the occupation and establishing political independence.

May 2005 -- Bustan L'Shalom, a true Jewish-Arab grassroots partnership

Bustan speakers will be holding a number of events in the DC area to raise awareness and funds. The main evening event will be held at Temple Shalom on the evening of May 3rd, 2005. This will be a great opportunity to learn about issues and initiatives not often heard of, from inspiring Jewish and Arab activists.

East Jerusalem 

is being surrounded by Israeli settlements in order to cut it off from the West Bank and prevent it from becoming the capital of Palestine. This is a major barrier to achieving peace. Read the excellent 2-7-05 Washington Post article (text version) and National Council of Churches statement of concern.

Bethlehem, where Jesus' earthly life began, is being strangled. 

Our fellow Christians and Muslims live under duress. Expanding settlements and the Wall threaten to "imprison" them by cutting them off from jobs, schools, churches, hospitals and even Jerusalem. Pray for its people! We encourage you to share your concerns and speak out against this injustice. For more information, please check our website ( or call 202-234-5817 (evenings or weekends).

Sites with more information on Bethlehem:

June 7, 2004 -- The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb -- 7:30pm at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (Map)     Download a PDF Flyer.     We encourage you to visit The Cave Gift Shop at the International Center of Bethlehem.

May 12, 2004 -- Hanan Ashrawi, Stephen Cohen, Matthew Hodes, and Phillip Wilcox: An Israeli and Palestinian Peace: Just Compromises or Collapse? -- 7PM at American University Kay Spiritual Life Center ( Map)

March 21st, 2004 -- An Interfaith Symposium: The Human and Religious Dimensions of Rabbi Arik Ascherman’s Trial and Israel’s Home Demolition Policy

March 4th, 2004 -- Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi: Palestine, Israel and the US: Why the Occupation Must End See