NCC signed on to a letter calling on Congress and the President to work for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. NCC Member Communions who also signed on included Alliance of Baptists, American Baptist Churches USA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Community of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Methodist Church, and United Church of Christ. The letter text is below.

 

 

We, the undersigned organizations, write to express our urgent concern regarding dire and escalating violence in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory, which continues to result in significant human suffering and loss of civilian life. 

We condemn all violence against civilians by Hamas and the Israeli military. In this critical moment, we believe it is imperative that U.S. policymakers take measures to immediately de-escalate the violence to prevent the further loss of civilian life. We urge Congress and the Administration to: 

 

    1. Publicly call for a ceasefire to prevent the further loss of life; 

 

    1. Prioritize the protection of all civilians, including by urgently securing the entrance of humanitarian aid into Gaza and working to secure the release of hostages; and 

 

    1. Urge all parties to fully respect international humanitarian law. 

We implore Congress and the Administration to abstain from rhetoric that exacerbates violence and to unequivocally condemn all violations of international law. Over the last several days, the Israeli government has cut all food, fuel, and humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. On October 12, Israel issued an evacuation order for the entire northern Gaza Strip, telling residents to evacuate south of Wadi Gaza. This amounts to approximately 1.1 million people. The U.N. is calling for this order to be rescinded, warning it will have “devastating humanitarian consequences.” 

We again urge Congress and the Administration to publicly call for, and help to facilitate, an immediate ceasefire to prevent the tragic loss of more innocent Palestinian and Israeli lives. Thank you for your urgent consideration. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Alliance of Baptists 
American Baptist Churches USA 
American Friends Service Committee 
American Muslims for Palestine 
Americans for Justice in Palestine 
Anera 
Arab American Institute 
Auburn Theological Seminary 
Center for Civilians in Conflict 
Center for Jewish Nonviolence 
Center for Victims of Torture 
Charity & Security Networtk 
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 
Church of the Brethren, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy 
Churches for Middle East Peace 
CODEPINK 
Common Defense 
Community of Christ 
Council on American-Islamic Relations 
Demand Progress 
Democracy for the Arab World Now 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 
Extend Programs 
Fellowship of Reconciliation 
Freedom Forward 
Friends Committee on National Legislation 
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect 
Grassroots International 
Historians for Peace and Democracy 
Humanity & Inclusion 
If Not Now 
Institute for Policy Studies New Internationalism Project 
International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) 
Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
Jewish Voice for Peace Action 
Just Foreign Policy 
Justice Democrats 
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention 
MADRE 
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns 
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. 
Migrant Roots Media 
Minnesota Peace Project 
MPower Change Action Fund 
National Council of Churches 
National Iranian American Council 
Neighbors for Peace 
Nonviolent Peaceforce 
PAX 
Pax Christi USA 
Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness 
Peace Action 
Project on Middle East Democracy 
Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft 
Quixote Center 
ReThinking Foreign Policy 
RootsAction 
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows 
Sojourners 
The Duty Legacy 
The Episcopal Church 
The Unitarian Universalist Association 
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society 
The Zomia Center 
Unitarian Universalist Association 
United Church of Christ 
United for Peace and Justice 
UNRWA USA 
Women for Weapons Trade Transparency 
Working Families Party 
World BEYOND War 
Yemen Freedom Council 
Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation 
Yemeni Alliance Committee