2020 Community News

Israeli leaders plan illegal annexation of Palestinian territory

The Dire Consequences of Israel’s “Coalition Government”
Statement from Kairos Palestine  •  30 April 2020
“The board of Kairos Palestine raises an alarm regarding the consequences of the third failed Israeli election in less than a year. The resulting coalition entered on April 20, 2020, combines two of the most right-wing parties—Bennie Gantz’s Blue and White and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud—in a deal that directly threatens Palestinians’ freedom, health and human rights.” See the statement

European Union has to be prepared to use sanctions against Israel
Statement from Kairos Palestine-Sweden  •  2 May 2020
“The new unity government of Israel has pulled out all the stops. Annexation of parts of the West Bank may become reality as early as July 1st. Such an annexation of any part of the West Bank would constitute a clear violation of international law. However, it would be in line with a majority of the Knesset and with the support of the U.S. government.”  See this statement

Fourteen church agencies and organizations urge Trump to lift international sanctions and other restrictions on health care during Covid-19 pandemic

March 25, 2020 – “We write to you out of deep concern for the people of the Middle East, and indeed the whole world, including our own country, during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Christian denominations and agencies with long-standing relationships in the Middle East, we are hearing directly from our partners that daily life for people was already tenuous for many in places such as Iran, Syria, and Gaza and these realities have only become more difficult as a result of COVID-19. We urge you to lift sanctions that negatively impact civilian populations and other restrictions that impair governments’ abilities to respond to the health crisis. This includes financial sanctions that impact the ability of countries to import much needed medical supplies and equipment.”
See the full letter and the signers