Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was catastrophic for Palestinians in Gaza. During this attack, more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed, including 521 children. Five civilians in Israel, including one child, were also killed. More than 10,000 Palestinians were injured and nearly 500,000 Palestinians living under siege in Gaza were displaced from their homes with no safe place to go. Over 16,000 homes, hospitals, businesses, schools, and places of worship were destroyed. Large numbers of Palestinians will remain without permanent shelter, adequate food, adequate running water, and regular electricity for months to come.
During the attacks, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) joined its voice with those who said that violence and killing must end, while also saying that an end to the attacks was not enough. Peace is more than the absence of outright war—it requires the presence of justice, of equality, of recognizing our common humanity. While a ceasefire has been declared, we therefore continue our work to end the coercive and corrosive control of Palestinians by Israel, and to transform the systems that continue to perpetuate injustice and death.
This page brings together AFSC's statements, resources, stories and action alerts related to Operation Protective Edge.
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Since 1948 AFSC has worked with Palestinians, Israelis, and the international community to realize a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
In order to challenge the economic systems that sustain and profit from occupation and violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, AFSC supports economic activism including the use of nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics.