Call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to end violence

As violence escalates throughout Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, it is abundantly clear that, beyond a ceasefire, the underlying causes of this human tragedy must be addressed. All aspects of Israel's illegal military occupation--including the separation barrier in the West Bank and the blockade on Gaza--will need to end, in order for a just and secure future to result.

Arafat razor wireJuly 9, 2014 marked the 10-year anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) advisory opinion on the legality of Israel’s construction of the separation barrier.  In its opinion the ICJ declared that the barrier being built by Israel in occupied Palestinian territory is illegal, that it should be torn down, and that those who have suffered as a consequence of its construction should be compensated.  Yet 10 years later, the barrier remains, cutting into Palestinian territory and separating Palestinians from schools, work, and neighbors.  Given its projected route, it is estimated that, if completed, around 85% of the barrier will run inside the West Bank, de facto annexing West Bank land and water resources to Israel.

In 2005, the UCC General Synod called on the Israeli government to “cease the project to construct the barrier, tear down the segments that have already been constructed, and make reparations to those who have lost homes, fields, property, and/or lives and health due to the barrier.”  Further, the resolution called on the US government to “engage actively, fully and fairly in a peace process that will lead to the peaceful coexistence of two states: Israel and a future Palestine.” 

Take action to end the violence – for today, and for the future.  Let your senators and representative know that as a person of faith, respecting the dignity of every human being you call on them to:

Learn more from our UCC/DOC Global Ministries and our UCC Palestine Israel Network.

Ten years after the ICJ ruling, 47 years into the occupation, now is the time to say:  Enough.  Call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to support U.S. policy for a just peace.

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