Calls & Statements

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NCCOP call for Gaza

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 10 July 2014

"Justice and security are two sides of the same coin. Israel's security can never be an excuse for denying justice to the Palestinian people."

In the spirit of the living God who sanctifies all life and in keeping with our faith and its teachings we appeal to all people across the world to work with their fellow citizens and governments to end Israel's Operation Protective Edge and the brutal military siege that has been going on for the past seven years which includes a naval and economic blockade. Gaza has no port or airport thus no way to import or export its products.

This not a war. This is only vengeance and collective punishment. A responsible authority works to stop useless vengeance and violence. Instead, it fosters general atmosphere of incitement. The irresponsible Israeli Authority, just kills Palestinians and demolishes their houses, in order to please their people. We acknowledge the voice and action of the few Israelis who expressed themselves against this policy of their government.

This is not an escalation or a war. Gaza has no military or ability to protect itself other than to fire some homemade rockets. The 1.7 million people, mostly children (2/3 of the population) are also mostly refugees (1.1 million) from areas of 1948 and 1967. Furthermore under the 4th Geneva Convention Palestinians, as a militarily occupied people, have the right to defend themselves.

Our justice loving God demands us to speak out on behalf of the security for all people. In the name of the Advocate Spirit, we ask you to speak out now to call a halt to this long term offensive operation which aims to wipe out a lonely, besieged and unarmed people. Whether you think the new unity government is viable or not, or if Hamas is a terrorist organization or not, or whether you think they might have been behind the death of the three Israeli teens murdered near Hebron, (which is not proven so far) it is against international law to collectively punish or target an already besieged 1.7 millon population. It is inhumane. It is a war crime.

Gaza2014As of July 10th, the date of this Appeal Israeli military struck 430 targets across the Gaza Strip. 77 people have been reported dead and more than 500 wounded.. The majority of the dead are civilians. 18 are children including a baby one month old.

We pray for the memory of those killed. Each of them has a name and a family who is suffering great loss. We also pray for all those wounded or injured in body, mind, or spirit. We pray for solace and comfort also for the families whose homes, businesses, agricultural fields, or fishing boats that have also been destroyed. We pray for the people of Gaza and ask that God be with them.

Support Palestinian’s right to freedom and statehood by joining with Christians throughout the world in their call for a just peace in this land that all call holy. We have been down this road one too many times and know what will happen if we fail to act. Please join us through letters and petitions to your government officials to raise awareness about this offensive military operation and Gaza's ongoing siege. Ask them to pressure Israel to stop its brutal assault or face sanctions from the international community.

Support Palestinian's right to normal life, say with a loud voice: stop killing and demolishing houses. Join with Christians throughout the world in their call for a just peace in this land that all call holy.

Quote from article by Jeremy Corbynn,, "Who Mourns for Palestine.."


NCCOP: National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine.

 

YWCA of Palestine Action Alert - Assaulting and Kidnapping Our Future

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 22 June 2014
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There is much talk and violent responses to the abduction of three Israeli youth. Although we join with others in our condemnation of all abductions, yet the raids of cities and towns and refugee camps and siege over a whole population by the Israeli army calls on us to act.

The West Bank is under a full scale siege which includes hundreds of raids and assaults on homes, media stations, refugee camps, and even charitable societies. At this moment over 370 people have been kidnapped and detained including members of Hamas, members of Parliament, and released prisoners from the Shalit exchange. Four young people have been killed and at least 7 critically injured. Roads and checkpoints are closed and work permits are being ripped up. In addition, Israel bombs Gaza "targets" nightly. A three month year old baby was killed last night. This is what it means to live under military occupation and what is meant by the term "collective punishment".

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) condemns Israel's reprisals against the Palestinian population in carrying out its investigations of the disappeared settler youths and demands Israel to abide by the Geneva conventions.

We also believe that all of Palestinian society has been kidnapped. Every time a soldier enters a Palestinian home in the middle of the night and with violence threatens or takes away a brother, a sister, a father, or a mother this is kidnapping. In addition, there are 5,271 prisoners in Israeli jails with hundreds under "administrative detention." Their lives and their family's lives have been kidnapped.

This military siege and all its many forms is more than "collective punishment"; it is violence against Palestinian women and their families on a grand scale. It deserves our prayers and our actions to stop it. Here are some things you can do:

  • Pray for our families in all the refugee camps and all the traumatized children through theWest Bank and Gaza.
  • Hold Israel accountable for these gross violations of international law including SCR 1325 that demands protection of women;
  • Send letters to your MPs, representatives, or Foreign Affair Ministers to demand that the attacks end;
  • Pressure your governments to continue to seek a just Peace for both Palestinians and Israelis, and for the implementation of all UN resolutions pertaining to Palestine, so all peoples can live in peace and security.

*photo of mourners attending funeral of Sabrin in Jalazoune Camp on June

 

66 years of ongoing Nakba – Back to Basics

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 15 May 2014

nakba-66-webThe Right of Return is a national and inalienable right.

On the 66th commemoration of the Nakba, the movement for Palestinian liberation is in disarray. Political parties are divided, the Palestine Liberation Organization is dysfunctional, the Palestinian Authority is dependent on foreign donors with ulterior agendas and a collective national strategy is absent. Institutions do not fulfill their purposes and the Palestinian people's capacity for grassroots mobilization is frayed.

These elements provide an opportunity for the Israeli regime to unilaterally impose 'facts on the ground' and its advocate, the USA, to strong-arm an unjust political solution. Both developments undermine the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees – the core of the Palestinian cause.

Israel denies the Right of Return to the homes of origin for 7.4 million Palestinian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. Meanwhile, Israel maintains efforts to resettle Palestinian refugees in exile and its leadership increasingly demands international recognition of the State of Israel as an exclusive Jewish state. As the Oslo negotiations falter forward, Israel attempts to legitimize 'land swaps', annexation of Area C, and control over natural resources especially fresh water. Additionally, Israel displaces Palestinians particularly targeting the Gaza Strip, the Jordan Valley, East Jerusalem and the Naqab.

As a consequence, Palestinians live under military control in the West Bank, under siege in the Gaza Strip, under institutional discrimination within Israel-proper and East Jerusalem, and in heartbreaking conditions throughout the exile.

Palestinians previously seeking refuge in Syria are living a multiplied catastrophe. They are undergoing war, further displacement, and the destruction of their lives in Yarmouk, Nierab, Sit Sainab, Khan Al Shiekh, Dar'a and other locations throughout Syria where Palestinian refugees resided. Palestinians doubly displaced to countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt face further humiliation and unbearable conditions leading many Palestinians to attempt escape by sea – a desperate act resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian refugees and those who disappeared without public acknowledgment.

66 years of continuous displacement instructs the Palestinian people to revert to our fundamental principles of justice and equality, and place faith in our people across the globe rather than incapacitated international and Palestinian institutions. This era calls for a return to the basics.

We, the undersigned organizations, affirm the following:

  1. After 66 years of targeted displacement by the Israeli regime, 66 percent of the Palestinian people are refugees or Internally Displaced Persons. Both in principle and practice, the Right of Return is a necessary condition for achieving self-determination of the fragmented and exiled Palestinian body politic;

  2. International law endows Palestinian refugees with the right to voluntary return to their homes, to restoration of their properties and to compensation. This inalienable Right of Return is not subject to negotiation, bartering, surrender or expiration;

  3. Displaced Palestinians hold the Right of Return collectively and individually. The right is only fulfilled when an individual is able to exercise his or her free choice;

  4. United Nations resolution 181 (1947) to partition Palestine into two states led to the displacement of between 750,000 and 900,000 Palestinians. Thus, the international community codified its responsibility to provide legal and physical international protection, humanitarian assistance and enable the Right of Return to the homes of origin for all refugees and displaced Palestinians through General Assembly resolution 194 (1948) and Security Council resolution 237 (1967);

  5. The Palestinian people's heroic resilience and resistance to Israel's denial of the Right of Return, to ongoing displacement of Palestinians and to absent international protection requires that an institution such as the Palestine Liberation Organization be based on authentic representation and inclusivity.


Longing for freedom and liberation, we say YES to Palestinian representation and holistic international protection, and NO to detracting from any of the rights of refugees.
Signed by the following organizations, institutions and coalitions:

1. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
2. Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)
3. Defence for Children International - Palestine
4. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
5. Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights "Hurryyat"
6. Popular Struggling Coordination Committee (PSCC)
7. Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)
8. Kairos Palestine
9. Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem
10. Union of Health Work Committees
11. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights
12. Baladna - The Association for Arab Youth
13. Golan for development
14. Alternative Information Center
15. Alternative Tourism Group
16. Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)
17. Land Research Center (LCR)
18. Palestine land Society
19. Environmental Education Center
20. The Palestinian Center of Youth Action for Community Development (LAYLAC)
21. Lajee Center, Aida Refugee Camp
22. Popular Committee for Refugees, Qalqeliah
23. Popular Committee for Refugees, Salfit
24. Social Youth Center, Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp
25. Social Youth Center, Aida Refugee Camp
26. Muntada Al-Tawasol Association, Gaza
27. Shoruq Association, Dhiesheh Refugee Camp
28. Ansar Center, Walajeh
29. Ibda’a for the Development of Children Capacity, Dhiesheh Refugee Camp
30. Al- Rowwad Center, Aida Refugee Camp
31. International Women's Peace Service/ Palestine
32. International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)
33. Union of Arab Jurists- Geneva
34. General Arab Women Federation
35. Housing and Land Rights Network/ Habitat International Coalition
36. International Youth and Students Movement at the UN
37. Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP)
38. Association Latino-Américaine Nueva Utopía
39. Geneva International Centre for Justice
40. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel- Spain
41. Red Solidaria contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP) –Spain
42. Solidarity for Development and Peace (SODePAZ)- Spain
43. Asociacion Palestina Biladi- Spain
44. Slovenia Solidarity Committee- Slovenia
45. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement- Slovenia
46. Greece Committee for the Right of Return- Greece
47. Association of Tunisians in Switzerland- Switzerland
48. Tamkeen-Arab Group- Switzerland
49. Association Belgo-Palestinienne- Belgium
50. Palestina Solidariteit- Belgium
51. Friends of Al-Aqsa- United Kingdom
52. Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Italia- Italy
53. Palestina Rossa- Italy
54. Fronte Palestina- Italy
55. Rete di Solidarieta’ con la Palestina – Milano- Italy
56. Friends of Sabeel - Sacramento Region- United States of America
57. Palestinian Association of Stockholm- Sweden
58. Committee for Fair Peace in the Middle East (CPJP)- Luxembourg
59. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society- Finland
60. French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP)- France
61. Society for Austro-Arab Relations- Austria
62. Women in Black- Vienna- Austria
63. Diensten en Onderzoek Centrum Palestina (docP)- the Netherlands
64. Nederlands Palestina Committee (NPK)- the Netherlands
65. Palästinensische Gemeinde Deutschland (PGD) e.V.- Germany
66. Palästinensische Gemeinde Bonn e.V.- Germany
67. Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Group Bonn- Germany
68. Palestine Aid- North Ireland

 

The Right of Return Alert - YWCA of Palestine

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 15 May 2014

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66 Years and Still Waiting
Remembering Al Nakba of 1948
Resisting Ongoing Nakba Today

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The fabric of Palestinian lives was ripped apart between 1947-1949 when over 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes and lands. War, genocide, military rule, and terror has existed ever since. UNWRA has registered now over 4.8 million refugees. Many more are unregistered and living now in other countries and many others are internally displaced within Israel or Palestine as the ongoing destruction of villages, homes, and lives continues under settler colonization. During the nine months of the peace negotiations this past year 13,851 new housing units were designated including the construction of a whole new settlement. The collapse of the "Peace process" that began with the Oslo Accords includes 20 years of ongoing settlement colonization and the building of the "Separation barrier" or Wall.

The fabric is ripped but it is also being mended through creative acts of nonviolent resistance like the over 15,000 Palestinians and their supporters who marched to the destroyed village of Lubya to reclaim it. The YWCA of Palestine through its new advocacy project The Fabric of Our Lives under our Rights of Women for Peace, Security and Dignity is honoring its women elders and their stories of dispossession and courage. We believe that the Right of Return is also a sacred right and that there can be no peace without it. It is a basic right derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in all international and regional covenants. It has no statute of limitation and cannot be extinguished by a peace treaty or the establishment of a state. UN General Assembly Resolution 194 resolves that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the governments or
authorities responsible." The YWCA Movement affirmed this right.

We call on you to join us in our work for Peace with Justice by supporting refugee rights including the Right of Return. Here is how you can act:

 

A letter of support and appreciation

Category: Calls & Statements
Created: 05 March 2014

YMCA-YWCA Norway LogoDear sisters and brothers at the YWCA / YMCA Norway,

With profound gratitude and appreciation, the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) welcomes the recent launch of your new campaign "Free Palestine", where you are calling for a broad economic boycott of Israel and Israeli products. With this letter NCCOP wishes to extend sincerest thanks for your strong as well as ethical position and solidarity. We appreciate your courage and your commitment to peace with justice in our region.

Your campaign adds to existing church related initiatives that use BDS as a nonviolent tool of resistance. This brings hope to all Palestinians and to all peace-loving people who want to see the end of daily systematic violations of human rights and International Laws.
In the Kairos Palestine document we support the global campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions; because we believe it is a just, nonviolent and peaceful tool. We are convinced that BDS is a way to put pressure on the Israeli government to abide by the international law, honor human rights, cease its occupation to Palestine and respect the Palestinian rights. Today, BDS is one of the few alternatives left to solve this conflict non-violently. It is a powerful nonviolent movement and must be encouraged and spread as widely as possible. Therefore we hope and pray that not only the YWCA/YMCA Norway, but also other Christian organizations, churches and their members will follow this brave initiative.

NCCOP is proud to walk with you along the path of peace with justice. We firmly stand with you against any criticism you might incur because of this bold stance and clearly say that your campaign is both ethical and legal and reflects our true Christian beliefs and values in resisting evil and injustice. Speaking out prophetically is never easy.

Once again, we express our most sincere gratitude for your steadfast commitment to peace and justice.

Member organizations
Jerusalem

  • Arab Catholic Scouts Group
  • Arab Orthodox Society – Jerusalem
  • Caritas- Jerusalem
  • Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees- Middle East Council of Churches
  • Greek Catholic Sayedat AlBishara Association
  • International Christian Committee
  • Laity Committee in the Holy Land
  • National Christian Association
  • Pontifical Mission Palestine
  • SABEEL – Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
  • Union of Arab Orthodox Club - Jerusalem
  • Young Men's Christian Association – YMCA
  • Young Women's Christian Association – YWCA

Gaza

  • NECC office

Bethlehem

  • The East Jerusalem YMCA /Beit Sahour Branch
  • The Arab Educational Institute,
  • Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem
  • Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)
  • Wi'am Center, Bethlehem
  • Saint Afram Assyrian Society,
  • Holy Land Christians Ecumenical Foundation, Bethlehem
  • Al-Ihsan Arab Orthodox Society, Beit Jala
  • Arab Orthodox Club, Beit Sahour
  • Arab Orthodox Club, Beit Jala
  • Arab Orthodox Club, Bethlehem
  • The Arab Orthodox Charitable Society, Beit Sahour
  • Bethlehem Bible College
  • Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies
  • Alternative Tourism Group, ATG, Beit Sahour
  • Senior Citizen Charitable Society
  • Environmental educational Center, Beit Jala
  • Saint Vincent Charitable Society, Beit Jala
  • Shepherds' Children Society, Beit Sahour

KAIROS PALESTINE

 

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