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.
Recurring Israeli incursions and attacks, the Israeli blockade, and internal Palestinian conflict have all contributed to the fact that 75% of the population of Gaza is reliant on humanitarian aid for survival.
In the 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.
Violence targeting Israeli civilians is also 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.
We have been working with the poorest people 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 peace based on justice for all.
Our development and humanitarian relief reaches Palestinians and Israelis; Jewish, Muslim, Christian and secular.