After more than 100 days of conflict, a permanent ceasefire is essential to allow for the flow and safe delivery of critical humanitarian relief into Gaza. Mission and Service partners are responding to those impacted by the conflict in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They are prepared to rapidly expand their activity and provide aid into Gaza when a safe humanitarian corridor is opened.
There is an urgent need for food, non-food items such as medicines, psychosocial support, and shelter.
The United Church is working with Mission and Service partners ACT Alliance and Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR). As a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, we are also working with Foodgrains Bank partners on the ground to offer lifesaving support to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Gaza.
Pray for peace with justice for the people of Palestine and Israel. As people of faith, we bring the grief, compassion and concerns of a hurting world to God. Additional prayers can be found here and at Canadian Council of Churches.
Links to traditional Palestinian music can be found with materials for World Day of Prayer 2024 Palestine.
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Here’s why writing your MP is important.
As a state party and signatory to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Canada has a legal and moral duty to prevent acts of genocide and avoid complicity in any such acts.
In their December 2023 report, “Fanning the Flames: The grave risk of Canada’s arms exports to Israel,” Project Ploughshares reveals that Canadian corporations, with permits granted by the Canadian government, regularly export military hardware and components to Israel. Project Ploughshares is the ecumenical peace research body related to the Canadian Council of Churches, of which The United Church of Canada is a member.
Only by ending its military exports to Israel can Canada meet its domestic and international obligations to eliminate violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza, including possible war crimes.
The United Church of Canada urges Canada to demonstrate its respect for the January 26, 2024 ruling of the International Court of Justice, and do everything in its power to prevent acts of genocide and avoid complicity in any such acts, by:
- using every means at its disposal to urge Israel to comply with the ICJ’s provisional measures; and,
- end any Canadian complicity in acts of genocide in Gaza by halting all arms trade with Israel.
- Letter to PM Trudeau on the ICJ Ruling Jan 2024 (356.55 KB) (PDF)