Interfaith Peace Initiative Principles

  • We are people of many faiths committed to a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We believe such a permanent peace must be based on the principles of international law and human rights.

  • We believe the illegal occupation of Palestinian land violates international law and human rights, and must end.

  • We support a negotiated settlement that respects the equal rights of all the people living in the region.

  • We are opposed to violence in all its forms, whether initiated by Israelis or Palestinians.

  • We call for an end to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli communities, and a continuation of the Palestinians' cease-fire with Israel. Suicide attacks on innocent civilians must never be repeated. Israel's policies of targeted assassination and attacks on Palestinians must end.

  • We oppose the separation wall built inside the West Bank, and all efforts to acquire land through illegal means. This wall must not be allowed to form a new border for Israel.

  • We call for an end to demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli forces and for the right of people to build or enlarge their homes on land that belongs to them.

  • We call for an equal distribution of water among Palestinians and Israelis, and a lifting of the Israeli ban on drilling wells for Palestinians.

  • We believe Jerusalem must be maintained as an open city for people of different faiths under international supervision.

  • The Interfaith Peace Initiative deplores the current violence in Gaza, Lebanon and Israel, and calls for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon and Gaza, and negotiations among all parties to settle the underlying issues according to international law and human rights.

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