American Friends Service Committee Calls for More Than a Ceasefire in Gaza, But Also a Path to Peace That Addresses the Underlying Causes

As the American Friends Service Committee calls for peace, what we're looking for is not just an end to violence. What's really needed is a ceasefire that ends the siege on Gaza and addresses the occupation and the underlying causes of the conflict.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 01, 2014

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has worked in Gaza since 1949, when the United Nations asked us to provide relief in Gaza to Palestinian refugees fleeing as a result of the 1948 War.

Michael Merryman-Lotze is program coordinator for the Israel Palestine Program. He explains how to make peace possible in Gaza in this video.

"A ceasefire that merely ends rockets and ends bombing is not enough. What's really needed is a ceasefire that ends the siege on Gaza and addresses the occupation and the underlying causes of the conflict. The siege and the occupation really impact every aspect of Palestinian life--from movement in and out of Gaza to access to water, access to electricity, access to education, access to health care, and development of an independent economy. All of those things are blocked for Palestinians living in Gaza. Change really requires ending the siege, ending the occupation, and addressing both past and present injustices. If we're able to do that, then we think that a real transformation that builds peace is possible in Gaza."

For more on AFSC's position on Gaza, visit http://afsc.org/resource/gaza-under-siege.

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization working for justice and peace in 35 cities and 14 countries around the world. For more, visit http://www.afsc.org.


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