Failure to secure a lasting solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is causing poverty to deepen, and allowing violence and despair to persist.
Gaza – recurring Israeli incursions and attacks, the Israeli blockade, and internal Palestinian conflict have all contributed to the fact that 80% of the population of Gaza is reliant on humanitarian aid for survival.
West Bank – illegal Israeli settlements take up Palestinian land and water resources and create restrictions on movement that impede Palestinian access to education, healthcare and employment, as well as restricting the economy – all contributing to poverty.
Israel – violence targeting Israeli civilians is a crime and an abuse of human rights. We believe that the security of Israelis and that of Palestinians are intrinsically linked – one cannot exist without the other.
Christian Aid has been working with the poorest in the region since the early 1950s, when we provided help to Palestinian refugees. Today we are working with more than 20 Israeli and Palestinian organisations to protect human rights, access to services and resources, and to build a peace based on justice for all.
Our development and humanitarian relief reaches Palestinians and Israelis; Jew, Muslim, Christian and secular.
We work with local partners bringing emergency relief and long-term development to the poorest. For example:
• The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees supports Palestinian farmers to make agriculture work despite the restrictions of the occupation.
• The Women’s Affairs Centre in Gaza, and the YWCA in the West Bank work for women’s social, political and economic empowerment.
• The Culture and Free Thought Association in Gaza and the YMCA in the West Bank both provide counselling and support to children growing up in conflict.
We also support human rights and peace organisations to push for accountability and justice. For example:
• Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem and Palestinian group Al Haq focus on abuses committed in the occupied Palestinian territory – whether carried out by Israelis or Palestinians.
• The Parents’ Circle Families Forum is made up of Israelis and Palestinians who have all lost loved ones in the conflict, and yet come together to lobby for peace and reconciliation.
• The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) sends volunteers to the West Bank and Israel to monitor checkpoints and trouble spots.
What you can do
• Help us continue our our work by donating.
• Take action to help eradicate poverty and injustice across the world.
• Breaking down the barriers - designed to help you to understand more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this booklet contains voices from the region, case studies of Christian Aid’s partners work, actions, prayers and a bible study. You can download it here.
This template letter, accompanying the booklet above, is designed to guide you in challenging your MP/TD to support a ban on Israeli settlement produce in the UK and Ireland. Download the template here.
• Independent article - read an article written by Choam Chayut, a member of Christian Aid partner Breaking the Silence, an NGO which gathers and publishes testimony from soldiers about the realities of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.
• Palestinian statehood - Palestinians and Israelis desperately need a new approach to peace.
• Life through the lens – Our partner B'Tselem have equipped young people in the occupied Palestinian territory with video cameras to tell the world their stories.
• Interactive Middle East timeline – our timeline takes you on a journey through 60 years of Christian Aid’s work in the region.
• Remembering Palestinian refugees - Take a journey with us in pictures, looking at the historical flight of Palestinians during the creation of the state of Israel, the situation that they live in today, and the work of our partners.
• Why I break the silence - A soldier explains why he decided to speak up about his service in the occupied Palestinian territory.
• Healing hate – Israeli doctors and nurses volunteer at mobile clinics in the West Bank.
• Freedom in Focus – film maker Nour works for Christian Aid partner the Women’s Affairs Centre, promoting women’s rights and equality in Gaza.
• YMCA in Bethlehem – our partner the YMCA in Bethlehem supports Palestinians disabled as a result of the conflict.
• Middle East reports – read our in-depth policy reports.