The longing for peace in Israel Palestine is a deep concern for many people. CWS supports peaceful efforts to promote a viable solution that respects human rights and upholds justice. Our partner the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) is a strong advocate for peace and healing while providing desperately needed programmes for impoverished and traumatised Palestinians.
Since November 14, 2012, Gaza has been suffering under heavy attacks from Israel's military. The number of casualities continues to climb and continued hostilities make it difficult to offer healthcare. In southern Israel three people have also lost their lives as a result of rocket attack. The impact on families and communities is immense as they face the uncertainty of violent attacks. ACT Alliance members are doing what they can but providing humanitarian assistance is extremely difficult. Palestinian Christian Organisations issued a statement calling for an end to the occupation and asking for prayer and action to stop the violence.
Each year we support the Week of Prayer and Action for Peace in Israel Palestine coordinated by the World Council of Churches. During World Week for Peace 2012, from 28 May to 3 June, participants are encouraged to plan their activities around the following three principles:
1. Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.
2. Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to displacement.
3. Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.
In 2009 Palestinian Christians drafted a new statement A Moment of Truth. It is their message to the world about what is happening and their theological perspective of God's grace in their suffering. To read more about the process, endorse the statement and find out more from within Palestine, see the Kairos Palestine website.