The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have long called for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will build just and lasting peace for all people of the Holy Land. The USCCB and CRS continue to work to bring about peace in numerous ways, first and foremost through prayer, but also on the ground. For CRS as a humanitarian organization working with the poor and marginalized in the region, the increasing violence and tension in the Holy Land has impacted our ability to provide aid to those most in need. Our staff cannot do their job of helping others if they are forced to remain home, behind closed doors, because it is too dangerous to go outside. Further, the destruction that is being wrought today only makes our work that much harder when our staff are finally able to exit their homes.
Now, more than ever, your voice is needed! Contact President Obama, your Senators, and Representative today and urge them to:
- Exert pressure on both the Israelis and Palestinians to end all hostilities, and return to peace talks;
- Provide both parties concrete benefits for engaging in talks in
good faith, and consequences for actions detrimental to achieving peace;
- The U.S. must refrain from taking actions that embolden those not
interested in peace. We as a country must acknowledge that the
responsibility of the escalation of violence rests on all parties, and
that the Israeli and Palestinian leaders have the opportunity and duty
to seek out peace for their people.
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Today, they go on speaker tours to talk about the conflict and to advocate for a lasting and just peace. "The sight of an Israeli and Palestinian … calling each other brother … is a shock for students," says Rami.