Statement from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Westminster on the crisis in Gaza.
13th January 2009
Fr. Joe Ryan, Chair of the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Westminster wishes to join with all those who are calling for peace in Gaza. Both parties need to agree to a truce and an end to warfare. For many weeks there has been a huge loss of life in Gaza, including children, women and men. We call for our political leaders to take immediate steps to put the utmost pressure on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to cease all conflict.
The blockade of Gaza has left Palestinian people without medical supplies or proper access to food, water, electricity and other basic goods. Hospitals with no resources overflow and ambulances are replaced by donkey carts as fuel runs out.
We demand an immediate end to this blockade of Gaza: no matter what the political situation, the Palestinian people have a right to food, water, shelter, medical supplies and the other necessities denied to them by the blockade.
We would also express our concern about the lack of access to Gaza for independent journalists, concealing the massacre inside Gaza.
The massive human rights abuses perpetrated against the Palestinian people both through the blockade and the invasion must be ended and peace achieved. We support all those who are working for peace in Gaza and recognise that only it is only a just peace, based on listening and negotiation and not on military coercion, which can be sustainable.
Further thoughts and reflections may be seen at http://www.rcdow.org.uk/justicepeace