Palestinian partner to visit Northern California UMC churches this month

September 08, 2017 | by

Ata Manasra from the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin, in the West Bank, will visit the California-Nevada Annual Conference September 10 to 20 for an educational and fundraising speaking tour. Manasra is the coordinator of the Narjes community development project, a unique Muslim-Christian partnership supported by the General Board of Global Ministries that assists with economic initiatives, and other efforts to help make life sustainable while resisting the Israeli military occupation. He will be sharing information about Wadi Foquin and raising funds for current projects.
The following speaking engagements are open to the public:
9/11: 7 p.m., Central UMC Stockton, 3700 Pacific Ave., Stockton (Fireside Room). Sponsored by Cal-Nev Israel-Palestine Task Force.
9/12: 6:30 p.m., Creekside UMC, 14 Main St., Sutter Creek (social hall)
9/13: 4 p.m., First UMC of Loomis, 6414 Brace Rd., Loomis
9/14: 12 noon, St. Mark’s UMC, 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento (bring your own lunch)
9/17: 10:30 a.m. worship, Lake Merritt UMC, 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland
9/17: 7 p.m., Lynnewood UMC, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton
The tour is sponsored by Friends of Wadi Foquin, a partnership initiated in 2009 by members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference. For more information about the partnership, go to For speaking tour arrangements, contact co-chair, the Rev. Michael Yoshii at
The United Methodist Church calls for Israel to end the occupation, land confiscations, and the expansion of settlements, which are illegal under international law. At its
2016 General Conference, the church passed a resolution supporting Wadi Foquin specifically, acknowledging the challenges of settlement expansion, calling for accountability from the Israeli government for the destruction of land and life in the village, and asking U.S. officials to intervene.