Churches should back concerted efforts to establish secure everyday living for Palestinians and Israelis after the Gaza ceasefire, says the moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church.
Christian Aid is sending emergency funds to its partner organisations in Gaza to help them respond to the humanitarian crisis. The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) plans to distribute emergency food baskets
All crossings into Gaza must be immediately opened to deal with the ‘devastating humanitarian disaster’ following the ceasefire, Christian Aid has said. The need for humanitarian assistance cannot be overstated, said the aid agency.
Amid the the violence, tragedy and politics of Gaza, there are deep forces of destruction at work, says Gene Stoltzfus. But there may also be sparks of hope which require prayerful discernment out of which a different quality of action can come.
Following a huge barrage the night before, Israel yesterday announced that it is to halt the main part of its three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, but without bilateral agreement or withdrawal.
The UN Relief and Works Agency says Israel's shelling of a UN compound in Gaza yesterday should be investigated as a war crime. Israel carried out 50 air strikes as its cabinet prepared to vote on a ceasefire.