Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Israel-Palestine: the Gaza emergency, reliable information sources, and peace workers

Here are some sources of reliable information about the on-going situation in Israel-Palestine, and in particular about the current emergency in Gaza.  Here's also some information about people and groups doing active peacemaking.  There are a lot of them.  Spreading the word about their work is one way to remind the world about the truth on the ground, which is very different from what most of us hear from the news reports. 

First: information

A good place to get reliable information about the daily situation in Gaza is the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territories, or UN OCHA OPT.  They publish a situation report every day with highlights, quick facts and figures, and brief analysis. 

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territories

Daily Situation Reports

The groups listed under the next section are also excellent sources of information. 

Second: Peacemakers

There are a LOT of individuals and groups within Israel-Palestine doing peace work, especially non-violent peace work. Here are some, just off the top of my head.  If I spent some time looking things up, I could list more. 

Please see what they have to say about the current situation, but also about their work and the overall longer-term situation.  I can pretty much promise you will learn something you didn't already know. 

The International Solidarity Movement

Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

Rabbis for Human Rights

EAPPI / Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

B'Tselem בצלם

Oasis of Peace / Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam

Breaking the Silence

You can click on any of those for more information, both about their work, and also about the current situation.

And there are more. (Feel free to post links in comments.)


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