In a statement calling for an “an immediate end to all violence against civilians”, Christian Aid has described the current “destruction and suffering in Gaza” as “unprecedented.” It ascribes the current crisis to decades of political failure and continuous Palestinian displacement. The UK-based charity, which is a member of the ecumenical ACT Alliance, asks that “honest and concrete measures to demonstrate to all those who breach international law that they will be held to account.”
Kairos Britain, a network of individuals, organizations and faith communities seeking a just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel, affirms that “Now is the time for Christians to take action to end the suffering in Gaza and promote a just, lasting, and sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
International law experts from around the world have published a joint declaration denouncing "the grave violations, mystification and disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental human rights of the entire Palestinian population committed during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip." The initiative has been endorsed by "international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the necessity for its respect in times of peace and more so in times of war".
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) was launched by the WCC in 2007 to catalyze and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
PIEF acts to
- challenge government support for the occupation
- challenge public support for the occupation
- challenge theological and biblical justifications for the occupation and
- maintain viable the Palestinian Christian presence in the Holy Land.