14 January 2009
GAZA: Statement on war in Gaza from CPT’s Palestine team
Christian Peacemaker Teams deplores the use of violence, stands with the oppressed, and supports all nonviolent efforts to build justice and peace. We believe God loves both Palestinians and Israelis and regards every person's death a tragedy. With this in mind
-We call on all armed groups to cease killing and traumatizing the children of God.
-We implore our governments to do more to end this massacre in Gaza, including demanding that Israel immediately remove its forces from Gaza and cease aerial bombardment.
-We ask our government representatives to insist that Israel conform to International law in its dealings with the Palestinians.
- We urge our governments and media outlets to press beyond surface explanations as to the cause of this recent conflict between Hamas and Israel and address the 'root' problems (i.e. the systemic oppression and domination of the Palestinian people).