Call for Peace
World Student Christian Federation - Europe Region
July 28, 2006, Budapest
On the 12th of July, Hisbollah killed eight and kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. Since Israel withdrew from South-Lebanon in 2000, after 18 years of occupation, Hisbollah has fired further rockets into Israel, but this is the first time that Israel has responded in this way.
As of today there have been two weeks of war. Hundreds of Lebanese have been killed, thousands are injured and 750.000 people are refugees. People are dying in Israel as well, thousands of people have taken refuge or are staying in bunkers.
Meanwhile, 1 in 5 Lebanese is a refugee, food, accommodation and medicines are missing. Humanitarian aid organisations have no possibility to help the victims of the war. A humanitarian catastrophe is escalating.
The international community has to seek for an immediate cease fire!
- The Hisbollah as arm of the governments of Syria and Iran has no right to attack Israel.
- The Government of Israel has the right to defend its citizens and soldiers, but it has to follow the so called “ius in bello”. The population of Lebanon has to be protected.
- With every day of this war more innocent people will die on both sides.
- With every day of this war more young people will join the Hisbollah. This war is in favour of the radical terrorist.
- It is not only Hisbollah and Israel that are responsible for this war; the international community along with Iran and Syria have to seek for peace and start negotiations.
- Everything has to be done to stop the destruction of the Lebanese infrastructure it is vital for the economic and democratic development of Lebanon.
- We all have a responsibility for stopping the killing of these innocent human beings.
“There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions.” (Dr. Hans Kung)
Therefore, we call together with our brothers and sisters of the WSCF Middle East Region upon all partners, churches, youth organizations, NGOs and people of faith in the world at large:
- To exert the maximum pressure on their governments to stop this war and call for an immediate cease fire in Lebanon and to protect civilians.
- To advocate the release of all detainees, both in Israel and Lebanon.
- To collect signatures around the world and advocate for a "just peace" in the Middle East based on the immediate implementation of all long-delayed UN Security Council resolutions pertaining to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- To expose human rights violations and call for the respect of the Geneva Conventions and all related international treaties that protect the lives of innocent people and civilians during the wars.
- To offer special prayers for the safety of the people of Lebanon and Israel in particular, and the people in the Middle East in general.