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Christian Aid in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

Failure to secure a lasting solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is causing poverty to deepen, and allowing violence and despair to persist.

Recurring Israeli incursions and attacks, the Israeli blockade, and internal Palestinian conflict have all contributed to the fact that 75% of the population of Gaza is reliant on humanitarian aid for survival.

In the West Bank, illegal Israeli settlements take up Palestinian land and water resources and create restrictions on movement that impede Palestinian access to education, healthcare and employment, as well as restricting the economy – all contributing to poverty.

Violence targeting Israeli civilians is also an abuse of human rights.  We believe that the security of Israelis and that of Palestinians are intrinsically linked – one cannot exist without the other.

We have been working with the poorest people in the region since the early 1950s, when we provided help to Palestinian refugees. Today we are working with more than 20 Israeli and Palestinian organisations to protect human rights, access to services and resources, and to build peace based on justice for all.

Our development and humanitarian relief reaches Palestinians and Israelis; Jewish, Muslim, Christian and secular.

Our work in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory is part of our Middle East programme, which brings together work from across the region under the themes of economic and social rights, building resilient livelihoods, and rights for all.

We want to see poor and disadvantaged people in the Middle East assert their economic and social rights so that they can overcome poverty, by participating equally in the labour force, by being fairly rewarded for their work, and by engaging as employees and citizens in more equitable societies where the social and economic rights of marginalised groups are better upheld.

We want to see a region where men and women are free from discrimination and violence, and where women can be leaders of change in their community, ably representing themselves at all levels of society.

We want people in rural communities to be able to build resilient livelihoods for themselves and their families; access and manage resources; reach local, regional and international markets free from violence, discriminatory practices and restrictive policies; and be heard by decision-makers and governments to bring about change.

Further content

  • Breaking Down the Barriers - designed to help you understand more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this booklet contains voices from the region, case studies about the work of our partners, actions, prayers and a bible study. You can download it here.  

  • This template letter, accompanying the booklet, is designed to guide you in challenging your MP/TD to support a ban on Israeli settlement produce in the UK and Ireland. Download the template here.

  • Life through the lens – Our partner B'Tselem has equipped young people in the occupied Palestinian territory with video cameras to tell the world their stories.

  • Interactive Middle East timeline – our timeline takes you on a journey through 60 years of our work in the region. 

  • Remembering Palestinian refugees – Take a journey with us in pictures, looking at the historical flight of Palestinians during the creation of the state of Israel, the situation they live in today, and the work of our partners.

  • Why I break the silence – A soldier explains why he decided to speak up about his service in the occupied Palestinian territory.

  • YMCA in Bethlehem – our partner the YMCA in Bethlehem supports Palestinians disabled as a result of the conflict.  

  • Middle East reports – read our in-depth policy reports.

  • We welcome the EU's stance on Israeli settlements