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Churches for Middle East Peace and other church and civil society groups in the United States are working to forestall a backlash against Palestinians.
Dr Harry Hagopian suggests that a recent letter to the UK Foreign Secretary from two senior bishops opens up some fruitful lines of investigation in understanding, and seeking solutions to, a long-standing grievance in the Middle East.
Two senior bishops, an Anglican and a Catholic, have written a public letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging fresh thinking about Israel-Palestine.
The Israeli government is facing international condemnation for a proposal for 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The newly upgraded status of Palestine in the United Nations has been welcomed as a positive step forward by the World Council of Churches.
International NGOs have welcomed the commencement of a ceasefire in Gaza and urged all parties to reach a lasting, comprehensive and just peace.
The Israeli seizure and occupation of Palestinian land, and the denial of a Palestinian state, is the root cause of the on-going conflict and the current flare up in Gaza.
A group of 38 development agencies has urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in Gaza as death and destruction increases.
Families in the Gaza Strip who are used to living in very difficult conditions are now running out of food and water, say aid agencies.
Cyber-activists have pledged to struggle back online against the Israeli government's attempt to isolate Gaza digitally by cutting off the territory's Internet.