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Jul 14, 2014 | Episcopal Peace Fellowship

Episcopal Peace Fellowship urges for ceasefire between Palestine and Israel

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) urgently joins with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Palestinians, especially the State of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which is devastating Gaza, where over 100 people have been killed, most of them civilians, including women and children.


The siege on Gaza is a humanitarian disaster and human rights organizations are noting breeches of international law. We call on Israel and Hamas to return to the ceasefire they have observed that Egypt and the United States helped broker in 2012.


We note and deplore the recent rising tide of anti-Arab sentiment among the leaders of the State of Israel and its Jewish citizens.


The Secretary General’s spokesperson stated on July 8: “The unsustainable situation in Gaza will also need to be addressed in its political, security, humanitarian and development dimensions as part of a comprehensive solution.”


Rockets and missiles are no substitute for a solution that must be found through negotiations that brings the Occupation to an end and with it the life of misery that Palestinians have endured in Gaza and the West Bank for decades.


Celebrating its 75th anniversary year, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship has worked to promote peace since Armistice Day 1939.