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Israeli-Palestinian crisis: Calls for ceasefire shared with Foreign Secretary

2 November 2023
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More than 300,000 people have signed petitions and sent messages urging the UK government to push for an end to the violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Calls from thousands of CAFOD supporters for the UK government to push for a ceasefire in the conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory have been shared with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Ceasefire needed now to stop ‘unimaginable’ suffering

The messages, sent by CAFOD supporters to the Foreign Secretary, were delivered alongside calls for an end to the violence from more than 300,000 people in the UK.

A group of campaigners shared the call for peace as part of a candle-lit vigil on Whitehall.

The message from hundreds of thousands of people in the UK is clear: we need a ceasefire, and we need one today. Responding to the atrocities committed by Hamas with what amounts to a collective punishment of civilians living in the occupied Palestinian territory is leading to unimaginable levels of death and suffering.

Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy at CAFOD
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Violence ‘will not solve any problem’

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, has warned that the bombardment of Gaza “will only cause more death and destruction and will only increase hatred and resentment.”

The Cardinal said that continued violence “will not solve any problem, but rather create new ones. It is time to stop this war, this senseless violence.”

The organisations involved in the vigil and the delivery of messages to the UK government were CAFOD, Action Against Hunger, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children.