We urge our government to support a ceasefire, implement urgent humanitarian aid, and engage in negotiations for a long-term peace.
As shown by the long and complex history of this conflict, war will not bring peace or justice but only more violence.
The Friends Committee, a Quaker lobbying group, has been pushing in Washington for a cease-fire, going up against more powerful and better-funded groups backing Israel.
We joined a peace delegation, convened by Churches for Middle East Peace, on a two-week journey through the region. Our trip included extensive visits with patriarchs and heads of churches, pastors and local Christians, Jewish and Muslim leaders, heads of state and other political officials, peace activists, and human rights leaders in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, and Lebanon.
As Gaza faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, more than 50 national organizations sent a letter to President Biden urging him to restore funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
To stop the killing and prevent further loss of life, we call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire. We also call for immediate acon to provide the basic necessities of life: water, food, shelter, and medical care.
Minute Concerning the War in Israel-Palestine: Jacksonville Quaker Worship Group at the Beaches (FL)
As Quakers, we respect the universal sanctity and dignity of all people. We urge our government and all those who have influence in the Middle East conflict to set aside violence and aggression. We encourage them to devote diplomatic, financial, and material resources to peace rather than war.
We urgently call for: an immediate ceasefire, return of the hostages, ongoing humanitarian aid, help from trauma-informed peace teams, and a global commitment to finding peaceful ways to resolve conflict.
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