Peace and justice in Israel and Palestine
The conflict in Israel/Palestine is one that receives a great deal of attention world-wide. Global political interests, religion and history all impact on the possibility of an end to the violence. Diakonia is cooperating with Israeli and Palestinian organizations that are working for peace and respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights.
A humanitarian disaster
The world’s focus on the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine means that the humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has been largely forgotten. Neglect, corruption and insufficient respect for human rights within the Palestinian government make daily life even more difficult for the Palestinian people. In addition the Hamas lead de-factor government in Gaza as well as other armed actors have complicated the situation even further.
Worsened poverty in Gaza
The occupation and illegal blockade of Gaza has exposed the civil population of Gaza to poverty and aid dependency.
Diakonia's partners in Gaza are active in monitoring and reporting the constant violations of the rights of the civilian population from Israel, Hamas and Egypt.
Diakonia is also active in advocacy to counter aid dependency by making it possible for Gaza's population to support themselvesthrough lifting the blockade on personal movement, as well as export and import of gods.
Diakonia’s partner working for peace
Diakonia has a long tradition of cooperation with the Christian churches in the region. Our partners include Christian, Jewish and Muslim secular organizations. Our partners are working in many different ways to improve the situation for the poorest and most vulnerable Palestinians. The rights of women and children, the functionally impaired as well as good governance and human rights are priority areas. Another important focus is our partner organizations’ work for a just and viable peace.
The world's responsibility
Diakonia work with information and advocacy to influence on Swedish and European politicians to secure the respect for human rights and international humanitarian law from all sides. And to end the Israeli blockade and settlement policy that is an obstacle to peace and a cause for the Palestinian aid dependency.