A just peace in Palestine and Israel can only be achieved on the basis of international law and respect for human rights. The end of the Israeli occupation, equal rights for all, implementation of the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the release of all Palestinian political prisoners are prerequisites for a just peace.
Over the years there have been several calls for support for justice from Palestinian civil society. In 2005, they issue a call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with international law and respects the human rights of Palestinians. This call is being supported by people and organisations from all over the world, including the Israeli organisation Boycott from Within, and professionals like Naomi Klein, Roger Waters, Ken Loach, Judith Butler, Richard Falk, Alice Walker and Desmond Tutu.
In 2009, Christian Palestinians launch Kairos Palestine: “A Moment of Truth“. Kairos Palestine calls upon Christians worldwide to stand by the Palestinian people who have been facing oppression, colonisation and displacement for more than six decades.
We don’t ignore these calls. That is why we support strategies for equal rights including the right to self-determination. Essentially, the right to self-determination means that all people have the right to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development. The occupation and colonisation of Palestine, the non-recognition of the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and the lack of respect for the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties are obstacles to the fulfilment of the right to self-determination and an impediment to peace.
We collaborate closely with our partners. Together we build strategies and perspectives for action.
The program consists of two pillars: