Saturday, April 29, 2006

A Quaker Statement on Palestine/Israel

Statement on Palestine-Israel
Adopted by Ann Arbor Friends Meeting on December 16, 2001

We deplore the dangerous and destructive spiral of violence in Israel and Palestine. As Quakers, we believe that all life is sacred; thus, all of the deaths -- of civilians, bystanders, soldiers, and suicide bombers alike -- are devastating and senseless losses to families and communities on both sides of the conflict.

We call for an immediate end to the Israeli government's provocative acts of occupation and restriction that inflame emotions and destroy human dignity; we call on the Palestinians for an immediate end to their desperate acts of retaliation; and we entreat our own government to stop encouraging the conflict by supplying arms aid to Israel.

We call on the United Nations and the entire international community to assist in negotiating for justice, peace, and the building of two separate, viable states: an Israel that is safe and secure and an independent Palestine free of Israeli occupation, settlements, and military domination.

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