We, members of the Iona Community meeting in plenary on the Isle of Iona, hear the cry of suffering of the Palestinian people.
Members of the Community have worked with Palestinian and Israeli peace groups, and alongside the Palestinian people for many years. We have witnessed at first hand, the injustices of the Occupation.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza in their present suffering. We commit to keeping a vigil of faithful prayer with them and with all those who seek a just and lasting peace in the region. For those who perpetuate and profit from the violence we pray for a change of heart.
We, the Iona Community, call for
- An immediate, sustainable ceasefire and serious negotiations with the Palestinian political leadership to bring to a speedy end the seven-year blockade of the Gaza strip, the opening of border crossings and guaranteed freedom of movement for the people of Gaza.
- Support for the essential work of UNWRA and access to Gaza for humanitarian and medical workers from overseas.
- The opening of international borders to enable the evacuation of those in need of urgent medical treatment outside Gaza.
- A full in-depth investigation through the International Criminal Court into both the accusations of war crimes, and the disproportionate response by the Israeli military.
- The imposition by the UK and the EU of an immediate arms embargo on the sale of weapons to Israel and for Israel to comply with its obligations under international law, end its military campaign in Gaza, and its occupation of Palestine.
In response to the call from Palestinian civil society and Palestinian Christians and a growing number of Jews and Jewish groups both inside and outside Israel, we reaffirm our commitment to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The Iona Community affirms the Kairos Palestine Document and British response contained in the 2012 Iona Call and Time for Action, the Kairos Britain statement.
We commit ourselves as Community members locally, nationally and internationally to campaign for a humanitarian response and a just peace in Israel-Palestine.
‘The people of Palestine and Israel can live in peace together: they are not born to hate each other.’ Desmond Tutu
4th August 2014