Toward a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
“On the occasion of the 2018 World Week for Peace in Israel and Palestine (16-23 September) and in recognition of the International Day of Peace (21 September) and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Pax Christi International strongly reaffirms its commitment to advocate for a just and sustainable peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that recognises and protects the dignity and human rights of every woman, man and child.”
—Pax Christi International Statement, World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 2018
2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 400 Palestinian villages to make way for the new state of Israel. There is an urgent need for a renewed commitment to end human rights violations in the Holy Land and to reach a just and sustainable solution guaranteeing the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians in accordance with international law. It is crucial that both Israel and Palestine return to the negotiating table and begin a dialogue rooted in mutual respect. Pax Christi International continued to call for the international community to address the occupation in the Palestinian territories and international law violations, to support human rights defenders, and to commit to a renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
For more information, see our 2016 position paper calling for renewed commitment for a new Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Please see this video with our new Board Member Nora Carmi as part of the 12 hopes campaign of our partner World Council of Churches.
Pax Christi International opposes Israel’s plans for annexation
Pax Christi International vehemently opposes Israel’s plan to annex any area of the West Bank including the Jordan Valley. We recognise East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights as illegally annexed under international law.
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Declaration of the Holy Land Coordination 2020
“We must not ignore the voice of people in the Holy Land“
Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by their enduring resilience and faith in a worsening situation.
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Resources, statement for World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel
The annual World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel is slated for 15-22 September this year. During this week — which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September — church organisations, congregations, and people of faith will be organising worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians…
Brussels – The annual World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel is slated for 15-22 September this year. During this week — which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September — church organisations, congregations, and people of faith will be organising worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.
Today, Pax Christi International has released a statement in observance of the 2019 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. The statement addresses the week’s official theme, “Humanity and Equality in God’s Creation”. The statement begins:
“On the occasion of the 2019 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (15-22 September), sponsored by the World Council of Churches, Pax Christi International joins the call for all to acknowledge and defend humanity and equality in God’s creation. Fundamental to our faith, and that of our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters, is the core belief that all persons are created by God. As children of a gracious and loving Creator, our humanity and equality are unassailable. These principles, in the secular realm, form the basis of international law and are enshrined in the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). They are the bedrock of a just, humane and free society…”
Read Pax Christi International’s statement for the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel in its entirety at these links:
Additionally, throughout the week, use this infographic (pictured right) with a quote from Pax Christi International Co-Presidents Bishop Marc Stenger and Sr. Wamuyu Wachira on social media with the hashtag #WWPPI.
More resources at:
- Additional resources, events and actions by Pax Christi UK
- Resources from the World Council of Churches