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Monday, October 24, 2016
Pax Christi calls for prayers for Gaza Flotilla victims
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Catholic peace movement Pax Christi issued the following statement this afternoon:

Pax Christi is deeply shocked at the  dramatic military actions  of the Israeli Defence Forces against the Gaza Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have been killed and injured.

One of the campaigners taking part is Mairead Corrigan Maguire, a peace partner of Pax Christi, and  founder of Peace People in Northern Ireland.  We have had no word from her recently. The Gaza Flotilla  is an international project  including peace campaigners, politicians, academics,  writers and film makers who  are  legitimately showing their solidarity and concern for the people of Gaza who have lived under siege since 2007.
This current tragedy reflects  the lack of rigourous political action towards the Israeli Government for the on-going siege of Gaza, for the lack of  accountability following  the war on Gaza in 2008/9 and for the continued illegal occupation by Israel of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
This week,  29 May - 4 June is a World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, a project of the World Council of Churches, supported by  Pax Christi.  We call on faith communities to come together during this week to pray for the people of Gaza and the West Bank, to pray for peacemakers  in Israel and Palestine and to explore common ways of working in solidarity for a just and peaceful resolution of the on-going conflict.

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