Calls & Statements

JAI calls for actions and statements on events and crisis. Calls got sent immediately to the YMCA-YWCA JAI partners and friends for actions and responses.

Red Lines Crossed: Rebuke, Condemn, and Act

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 07 December 2017

Call Dec2017Trump announced that the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there in the future. This announcement not only removes the US as a mediator for peace but also ends the possibility of a two-state solution. In addition, it violates a host of international laws beginning with the Geneva Conventions that territory acquired through war is under a hostile military occupation. In addition, the Partition Plan of 1947 and the Oslo Accords affirmed that Jerusalem remain a Corpus Separatum until final agreements for peace could be negotiated which means its status should not be changed.

Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy also legitimizes the ongoing destruction of Palestinian homes, construction of illegal settlements, the forced transfer of its people, and the denial of rights including freedom of movement and education. In addition, this announcement emboldens pro-annexation extremists to seek Israeli sovereignty over all the holy sites and land.

JAI asks you, our partners working for a just peace, to condemn this unilateral action taken by the United States and demand that your country abide by international resolutions, laws, and conventions. We ask that you join with secular and faith leaders from around the world and with us to speak out against this immoral and illegal action. Demand your political leaders abide by international law and speak out not only for Palestinian rights but for the rule of law itself. Demand they attach actions to their statements.

Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, must remain a shared city for all. During this season of the Advent of the Prince of Peace, we call upon you to stand with us for a just peace for all.

 

Why the Apartheid Framework?

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 28 November 2017

JAI Logo NLThis year marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the 70th anniversary of the Partition Plan, a half - century of one of the longest military occupations in modern history, and over 10 years of the siege on Gaza. As the world marks these commemorative moments or tries to rewrite or cover them up, we wish to bring to your attention two historic documents that were also produced this year. The first was a report produced by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) regarding "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid" and the second was an Open Letter from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) to the World Council of Churches and the Ecumenical Movement.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres withdrew the ESCWA report two days after it was published under pressure from the United States and Israel. The Palestinian Human Rights Organization Council (PHROC) issued a position paper shortly after the report was withdrawn asking that the report be commended for setting the record straight about Israel’s apartheid policies, practices, and laws.

We, agree with the PHROC that the report's content presents a new approach in understanding how Israel has seized control over all aspects of Palestinian life leading to the establishment of an apartheid regime. We confirm what the report has detailed out that Israel is an apartheid state. This is not political but legal, as apartheid is a form of crime against humanity as defined under Article 7 of the Rome Statute.

The Open Letter from the NCCOP issued in June of this year also states the importance of recognizing Israel as an apartheid regime. The JAI is part of the NCCOP and thus, asks our partners to demonstrate "costly discipleship" by adopting a number of actions listed in the letter which include defending the Palestinian right to resist the occupation creatively and nonviolently and supporting economic measures against Israel until it "complies with international law and implementing UN resolutions urging the ending of its occupation, apartheid and discriminations, and accepting Palestinian refugees to return to their home land and properties."

What both reports have in common is the identification of apartheid and the necessity for people and states to make Israel accountable under international law. Apartheid is a crime against humanity and mandates our collective action.

 

 

YWCA Action Alert - October 2015: Endless State of Emergency

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 07 October 2015

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YWCA 7Oct2015

Suleiman Mansour

Four Palestinians, ages 13-19, have been executed in less than 32 hours. Over 500 have been injured just since Saturday, October 3rd. More than 40 have been shot with live ammunition while another 150 or more shot with rubber bullets. Fourteen ambulances have been attacked. It is for all these reasons that the Red Crescent has declared a "state of emergency." We call it the Endless State of Emergency.

The YWCA of Palestine mourns the loss of all these lives. Many of those killed were innocent of the alleged crimes they were said to have committed. They were children coming home from school like 13 year old Abed Al-RahamObeidallah who was shot in the Aida Refugee Camp or Hadeel Al-Hashlamon, an 18 year old young woman trying to cross the Hebron checkpoint. She was shot 10 times and left to bleed out. Later her ambulance was met by her father, the doctor on duty on the eve of the Jewish Holiday, the Atonement or what Jews call Yom Kippurwho had to pronounce the death of his own daughter. In one case one of the alleged "terrorists", Fadi Alloun, 19 years old, was goinghome  and  was gunned down by the police in Jerusalem when he approached them for help against an angry mob of settlers calling, "Death for Arabs" in Jerusalem.

In addition to this recent violence, holy sites have been under attack including a fire up in the Galilee at the church known for Jesus' miracle with loaves and fishes and Al-Aqsa. Al-Aqsa has been stormed many times over the past few weeks by settlers and soldiers and Muslims have been denied their right to worship.

We are more than deeply concerned about this escalation of violence which many feel is fueled by the newly elected extreme right wing government whose Prime Minister, Netanyahu, has just declared "a war to the death against Palestinian terrorism."

Whether or not this is the beginning of an intifada, it is definitely a deepening of an entrenched military occupation which acts with impunity and settler colonial policies like theongoing settlement buildingswhich areagainst international laws.

On this one year anniversary of our historic conference on UNSCR 1325, where we celebrated women's rights to freedom, peace, and dignity, we implore you to stay steadfast to your commitments to act for justice and peace.  We need more than your tears of sorrow and outrage. We need you to act to hold Israel accountable and to defend Palestinian civil and international rights.


Actions Needed:

  • Support Palestinian rights to nonviolent resistance.
  • Demand that all holy sites be respected and protected.
  • Use your economic leverage to support the BDS global movement.
  • Hold Israel accountable for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.
  • End arms trades and unconditional military and diplomatic aid.

The YWCA of Palestine
7th of October, 2015

 

Open letter from NCCOP to the WCC

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 12 June 2017

An Open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. (Isa. 1:17)

Read / Downlaod the letter in PDF

 

How long will our places of worship continue to be burnt without accountability and punishment?

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 22 June 2015

KAIROS Logo LargeLast Thursday, the 18th of June 2015, on the shores of the Lake of Tiberias, Jewish extremists set fire to the Church of the Multiplication run by the Benedictine monks in Tabgha. Voices of protest - emerging from the Christian, Muslim, and Druze religious leaders and communities - were raised throughout Palestine condemning the attack. Kairos Palestine joined in expressing these genuine religious and national feelings.

This is not the first incident of its kind. In the past three years, over 43 attacks on churches and mosques have been documented. In all cases, the perpetrators are the same: young Jewish extremists, blinded by religious extremism and encouraged by a religious leadership to hate and exclude. "We are perplexed that neither the government, nor the police have taken any measures to arrest and punish those who did it," noted His Beatitude, Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, "this is a stark contrast to the oppression Palestinians face on daily basis from Israel’s security establishment". This principle of double standards is based on ethnic and religious foundations, whereupon a Jew has all rights even if he commits a crime, while a Palestinian is guilty until proven innocent. This discriminatory regime is unacceptable by any standard, especially when used against the indigenous people of the land, a product of its plural and ancient history throughout consecutive generations and centuries.

We warn of the continuation of such incidents that may fan dissent and fire religious conflicts in the Holy Land. This growing extremism and the violence it generates destroys hope for a political and rational solution to the conflict.

We see these crimes as a continuation of the unjust policies and laws used against the Christians, Muslims, and those who have faithfully preserved the religious heritage in the Holy Land for centuries. These incidents remind us with concern that Israel continues to deny regular access to our holy sites and has deprived generations of this right. This is one of the reasons that have led to a systematic dwindling of Christian presence, an important and long presence and witness in the history of this land.

We affirm that the only way to peace in the Holy Land is through respecting the existence, traditions, and places of worship of the three monotheistic religions. Peace depends on respecting basic and elementary human rights of all based on international law, adopting the path of justice and love, and uniting the wills of peoples and governments.

In this context, it is necessary to underline the responsibility of the global community in implementing international law and UN resolutions related to the right of worship. We especially remind the churches of the world of their responsibility to work for justice, peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land. In order to stop this ailment of blind extremism, we call upon the churches to support and stand in solidarity with the calls and demands of Palestinian Christians as expressed in the document "A Moment of Truth" and all ensuing statements. We ask the churches to adopt policies and action plans that help achieve justice and peace, and we express gratitude to the churches that have already adopted such policies.

We call upon and warn the Israeli authorities that ignoring the escalation of extremism without holding the Jewish terrorists accountable for their deeds is encouraging them to pursue such acts in the future, and by doing so, negating the spirit of the Jewish religion itself. The Israeli authorities are responsible for this kind of terrorism and the absence of security for the religious Christian and Muslim sites.

 

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