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Middle East

Read Christian Aid's reports and research on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the Iraq invasion.

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Christian Aid calls for UK legislation to end the trade in Israeli settlement products for the sake of peace and development (June 2012)

Christian Aid and Quakers in Britain are uniting to urge the UK government to impose a ban on the import of Israeli settlement products. They will tell a Parliamentary meeting later today (19 June 2012), joined by the Methodist Church and the Church of Scotland, that such a move would promote the prospects of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

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Locked out: Palestinian refugee report (June 2011)

4.8 million Palestinians are living as refugees. This report looks at how addressing this issue will help unlock the peace process.

Despite competing narratives and differing interpretations of the role that international law can play, we challenge policy makers in the UK and Ireland and the wider international community, including in the Middle East itself, to recognise that any resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict requires a comprehensive approach to peace that has hitherto been absent. This, by definition, includes resolving the refugee issue.

Locked out: Palestinian refugees and the key to peace

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Dashed hopes: continuation of the Gaza blockade (November 2010)

Israel's measures to 'ease' the illegal blockade of Gaza in the face of significant international pressure have done little to change the plight of Gaza’s civilians, says a report published on 30 November 2010 by an international coalition of 22 development, human rights and peace-building organisations.

The report calls for renewed international action to ensure an immediate, unconditional and complete lifting of the blockade. 

Dashed hopes: continuation of the Gaza blockade report

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Failing Gaza: no rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses (2009)

In the past year Israeli authorities have allowed only 41 truckloads of construction materials into Gaza. Rebuilding and repairing thousands of homes alone will require thousands of truckloads of building materials. 

This report calls for action be taken to secure an end to the Israeli blockade. 

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The Middle East Quartet: A Progress Report (2008)

The Middle East Quartet (the EU, Russia, the UN, and the US) is failing to make adequate progress towards improving the lives of Palestinians or improving the prospects for peace in the region. That’s according to a new report by a coalition of 21 aid agencies and human rights organisations including Christian Aid.

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The Gaza Strip: A humanitarian implosion (2008)

The situation for 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is worse now than it has ever been since the start of the Israeli military occupation in 1967. The current situation in Gaza is man-made, completely avoidable and, with the necessary political will, can also be reversed.

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Israel and Palestine: a question of viability (2007)

Our policy report goes beyond the rhetoric to outline the essential elements we feel are necessary for a truly viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Lifelines (2007)

Case studies and campaign ideas to mark the start of the 40-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip in 1967.

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Facts on the ground: the end of the two-state solution (2004)

The report details the strangulation of the Palestinian economy, as more land is taken from the West Bank for settler roads and settlements.

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Losing ground: Israel, poverty and the Palestinians (2003)

Based on Christian Aid's work with local organisations in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories over the last five decades, this report looks at how and why ordinary Palestinians find themselves in conditions of deepening poverty.

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Iraq: the missing billions - transition and transparency in post-war Iraq (2003)

Our hard-hitting report exposed that the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority had not properly accounted for what it had done with some $20 billion of Iraq's own money.

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One land and many voices: Strands of Christian thought about who lives in the Holy Land

A brief overview of theological approaches to understanding the situation in the Holy Land.

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