Open Call for an Immediate Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe and Further Loss of Innocent Lives

In Arab Countries, International Advocacy Program by CIHRS

We have witnessed unfathomable death and destruction in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Thousands of people have been killed, injured, displaced, and nearly two hundred remain held hostage, including children and elderly.

In Gaza, the UN has said that water, food, fuel, medical supplies, and even body bags, are running out due to the siege. The UN warned that people – particularly young children – will soon start dying of severe dehydration. Neighbourhoods have been destroyed and turned into complete rubble. Palestinians in search of safety have nowhere to go. Many of those who relocated from northern Gaza to the south after the relocation order by the Israeli army were reportedly bombed as they attempted to flee or once they arrived in southern Gaza.

The events of the last week have led us to the precipice of a humanitarian catastrophe and the world can no longer wait to act. It is our collective responsibility.

On Sunday, October 15th, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator to the Occupied Palestinian Territory appealed to all parties to the conflict, and to Member States with influence, to urgently agree to a humanitarian ceasefire.

Today, we put our voices together and call on all Heads of State, the UN Security Council, and actors on the ground, to prioritize the preservation of human life above all else. During this ceasefire, we call on all parties to unconditionally:

  1. Facilitate the delivery of lifesaving assistance, including food, medical supplies, fuel, and the resumption of electricity and internet to Gaza, in addition to safe passage of humanitarian and medical staff
  2. Free all civilian hostages, especially children and elderly
  3. Allow humanitarian convoys to reach UN facilities, schools, hospitals, and health facilities in northern Gaza and commit to protecting them along with the civilians and staff inside them at all times
  4. Rescind orders by the Government of Israel for civilians to depart northern Gaza
  5. Allow patients in critical condition to be medically evacuated for urgent care

The UN Security Council, the UN Secretary General and all world leaders with influence must take immediate action to ensure a ceasefire comes into effect. It remains our only option to avert further loss of civilian life and humanitarian catastrophe. Anything less will forever be a stain on our collective conscience.

Civilians are not bargaining chips. Families need a chance to bury and mourn their dead. The cycle of violence against innocent civilians needs to stop.


  1. 11.11.11
  2. 38 Degrees
  3. 50:50 NI
  4. ABCD Bethlehem
  5. Abductees Mothers Association
  6. Academic Foundation for Peace-Conflict Studies
  7. ACAT France
  8. Access Now
  9. ACT Alliance
  10. ACT Church of Sweden
  11. ACT Conflict Resolution
  13. Action Corps
  14. Action For Humanity
  15. ActionAid International
  16. ActionAid Sweden
  17. Africa4Palestine
  18. Africans Rising
  19. Afro-Middle East Centre
  20. Agaji Global Unity Foundation, Nigeria
  21. Agriculture Developmrnt Associations PARC
  22. Ahimsa Peace Institute
  23. AIDOS – Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo ETS
  24. Ajyal Foundation for Education
  25. Al Basma Club for the Disabled
  26. Al-Nidal Association for Human Rights
  27. Al-Rifqa Organization for Community Peace
  28. Alfaf for development and reconstruction
  29. Alliance Internationale -AIDL
  30. Alquds center for Political Studies
  31. American Friends Service Committee
  32. Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action)
  33. Americares
  34. Amis de Sabeel France
  35. Amos Trust
  36. AMREF Health Africa
  37. Anera
  38. Another Europe is Possible
  39. ANT-Hiroshima
  40. AOI
  41. Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem
  42. Arab Foundation for Civil Society and Human Rights
  43. Arab NGO Network for Development
  44. Armadilla Scs
  45. ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth
  46. Asamblea de Cooperación por la Paz
  47. Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE)-Philippines
  48. Asociación de Familiares de Presos y Desaparecidos Saharauis (Asociacón de Familiares de Presos y Desaparecidos Saharauis (AFAPREDESA)
  49. Asociación Española de Investigación para la Paz (AIPAZ)
  50. Asociación Otra Escuela
  51. Association for Rengein Tanjoji International Cooperation
  52. Association Ifriqiya
  53. Association of War Affected Women
  55. Avaaz
  56. Baptist Union of Wales
  57. Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development
  58. Baytna
  59. BELaady Organization for Human Rights
  60. Belgian Academics and Artists for Palestine
  61. Berufsverband der Präventologen e.V.
  62. bina
  63. Bond, the UK network for INGOs
  64. Broederlijk Delen
  65. Buddhist Alliance for Non-Violence and Human Rights in Israel-Palestine (BANVAHR)
  66. Bytes For All, Pakistan
  67. Caesar Families Association
  68. CAFOD
  69. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  70. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
  71. CARAS
  72. Care International
  73. Carolina Peace Center
  74. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
  75. Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights
  76. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  77. Center for Human Rights in Iran
  78. Center for Peace Education, Miriam College
  79. Center for Victims of Torture
  80. Central Asian Network on Statelessness
  81. Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED)
  82. Centre for Peace Research and Advocacy -CPRA
  83. Centro MOndialità Sviluppo Reciproco
  84. CESVI
  85. cfd – The feminist Peace Organisation
  86. Change Horizons Forum
  87. Charity & Security Network
  88. Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
  89. ChildArise
  90. ChildFund Alliance
  91. Children and Families Across Borders
  92. Christian Aid Ireland
  93. Christian Aid UK
  94. Christian Jewish Allies for a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine
  95. Church and Peace – Ecumenical peace church network in Europe
  96. Church World Service
  97. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
  98. CIDSE
  99. CISP
  101. City of Sanctuary Sheffield
  102. CIVICUS
  103. Civil Rights Program Kosovo
  104. Climate Action Network (CAN) Africa
  105. Climate Refugees
  106. Clowns without Borders Sweden
  107. CNCD-11.11.11
  108. Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia Pacific
  109. Coexist Community kitchen CIC
  110. Committee of the Families of the Kidnapped and Disappeared in Lebanon (CFKDL)
  111. Committee to Protect Journalists
  112. Community Empowerment for Peace and Development West Nile (CEPAD-WN)
  113. Community Organized Relief Network (CORE)
  114. Concerned Families of Westchester (NY)
  115. Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights
  116. COPE Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti
  117. Cordaid
  118. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
  119. COSPE
  120. Cotidiana Mujer AFM
  121. Council for Arab-British Understanding
  122. Council on American-Islamic Relations
  123. Counterpoints Arts
  124. CRIC – Centro Regionale d’Intervento per la Cooperazione ETS
  125. Crisis Management Association
  126. Cultura è libertà, una campagna per la Palestina
  127. Culturel Center Beethoven Bettounssi
  128. Cyprus Refugee Council
  129. DanChurchAid
  130. Danish Refugee Council
  131. Daraj Media
  132. Dawlaty
  133. DC Peace Team
  134. Dedar organization
  136. Défense des Enfants International – Belgique
  137. Defense Foundation for Rights and Freedom
  138. Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights
  139. Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
  140. Democracy School
  141. Denis Hurley Peace Institute
  142. Deutsch-Palsätinensiche Gesellschaft (DPG) e.V.
  143. Diakonia
  144. Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality
  145. Dóchas
  146. docP – BDS Netherlands
  147. Economistas sin Fronteras
  148. EducAid
  149. Educo Member of ChildFund Alliance
  150. EL SPACE
  151. Embrace the Middle East
  152. empowervan
  153. English for Action (EFA) London
  154. Entraide & Fraternité
  155. Episcopal Relief & Development
  156. Equal Legal Aid
  158. Equipop
  159. Escola de Cultura de Pau (School for a Culture of Peace)
  160. Eşit Haklar İçin İzleme Derneği
  161. Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor
  162. EuroMed Rights
  163. European Alternatives
  164. European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)
  165. European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)
  166. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine – ECCP
  167. European Network on Statelessness
  168. Farmers and Herders Initiative for peace and development Fhipd
  169. Fédération Internationale pour les droits humains (FIDH)
  170. Fellowship of Reconcilation – USA
  171. Feminist Humanitarian Network (FHN)
  172. Feminist Task Force
  173. Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid
  174. Fields of Peace
  175. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society
  176. Foro Ciudadano Relaciones Celac-UE
  177. Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD)
  178. ForumCiv
  179. Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)
  180. France Palestine Mental Health Network
  181. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  182. Friends of Nablus and Surrounding areas (FONSA)
  184. Fundación Cultura de Paz
  185. Fundación ISCOD – Sindicalistas sin fronteras
  187. Futuro en Común
  188. Gandhi Development Trust Phoenix Settlement Trust
  189. Gender Action for Peace and Security
  190. Gender Advisory Team
  191. Gender Studies and Information Organization ~GSIO
  192. Genera: Red de mujeres feministas por la equidad de género en el desarrollo
  193. Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
  194. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  195. Global Communities
  196. Global Fund for Women
  197. Global Health Italian Network
  198. Global Justice Center
  199. Global Justice Now
  200. Global Link
  201. Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  202. Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)
  203. Global Rights
  204. Global Witness
  205. GPPAC Pacific-Pacific Women Mediators Network
  206. Graduate Women International
  207. Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)
  208. Greek Forum of Migrants
  209. Haliéus
  210. Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion
  211. Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights
  212. Health Justice Initiative (HJI) South Africa
  213. Health Poverty Action
  214. HEKS/EPER – Swiss Church Aid
  215. Helen Suzman Foundation
  216. HelpAge Interational
  217. HIAS
  218. Hivos
  219. Hope and Homes for Children
  220. Hope Society (India)
  221. Human Life Foundation for Development and Relief
  222. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center ‎‏“‏SHAMS‏”‏
  223. Human Rights Sentinel
  224. Humance Heal For Human Rights
  225. Humans for Rights Network
  226. Husna Foundation
  227. ICAHD Finland
  228. ICERAS
  229. ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICNA CSJ)
  230. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
  231. IM Swedish Development Partner
  232. In Place of War
  233. In Transformation Initiative
  234. Ina autra senda – Swiss Friends of Combatants for Peace
  236. Innovation for Change – Middle East and North Africa
  237. Innovation for Change – South Asia
  238. Institute for Policy Studies – New Internationalism Project
  239. Institute for Security Studies
  240. Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
  241. International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
  242. International Federation for Human Rights
  243. International Federation for Rights and Development
  244. International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)
  245. International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
  246. International Press Institute
  247. International Rescue Committee
  248. International Treatment Preparedness Coalition – Global
  250. IPMHN Ireland Palestine Mental Health Network
  251. IPPNW Germany
  252. IPPNW Regionalgruppe Nürnberg-Fürth-Erlangen
  253. Iraqi Alamal Association
  254. Iraqi Women Network
  255. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  256. Islamic Center of Boca Raton
  257. Islamic Center of Detroit
  258. Islamic Center of Yorba Linda
  259. Islamic Relief
  260. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
  261. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK- UK
  262. Israelisches Komitee gegen Hauszerstörungen (ICAHD) Germany
  263. Itar for Social Development
  264. Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines
  265. Japan international Volunteer Center(JVC)
  266. Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
  267. Jewish Network for Palestine
  268. Jewish Voice for Democracy and Justice in Israel/Palestine jvjp, Switzerland
  269. Jewish Voice for Labour
  270. Jewish Voice for Peace Albuquerque
  271. Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio
  272. Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council
  273. Jews Against the Occupation Sydney
  274. JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning)
  275. Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
  276. Joud Foundation for Sustainable Development – Yemen
  277. Jusoor Center for Studies and Development
  278. Just Foreign Policy
  279. Kairos Palestine
  280. Kairos Palestine – Sweden
  281. Kairos Sabeel Netherlands
  282. Kenya Human Rights Commission
  283. Kesh Malek
  284. Khulumani Support Group (supporting victims and survivors of gross human rights violations)
  285. Kırkayak Kültür
  286. KnK Japan
  287. KURVE Wustrow – Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action e.V.
  288. La Coordinadora de ONGD -España
  289. Law Center of Advocates
  290. Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
  291. Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
  292. Lebanese Union for persons with physical disability/Arab forum for the rights of persons with disabilities
  293. Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)
  294. Liberian Energy Network
  295. Libya Crimes Watch (LCW)
  296. Libyan Anti-Torture Network
  297. Ligue Algérienne de Défense des Droits de l’Homme – LADDH
  298. Lutheran World Federation
  299. MADRE
  300. Malala Fund
  301. Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia)
  302. Marib Girls Foundation
  303. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  304. Medact
  305. Médecins du Monde Belgique
  306. Médecins du Monde International Network
  307. Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  308. MedGlobal
  309. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
  310. Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW), Australia
  311. medico international germany
  312. medico international schweiz
  313. Medicus Mundi Italia
  314. Mehad
  315. MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati)
  316. Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
  317. Mercy Corps
  318. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
  319. Middle East and North Africa Partnership for Preventing of Armed Conflict – MENAPPAC
  320. Middle East Children’s Alliance
  321. Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND)
  322. Migrant Roots Media
  323. Min Haqi Foundation to empower women politically and economically
  324. Misereor
  325. Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre (Australian Province)
  326. Mizan, Law Group for Human Rights
  327. Mouvement Social
  328. Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI)
  329. Musaala Organisation for Human Rights
  330. Muslim Aid
  331. Muslim Delegates and Allies
  332. Muslim Legal Fund of America
  333. Muslim Peace Fellowship
  334. Mwatana for Human Rights
  335. My Vote Counts
  336. Naseef Muallem
  337. National Cancer Control Foundatin – Yemen
  338. Nationality For All
  339. Nederlands Palestina Komitee
  340. Network for Children’s Rights
  341. Network of the Independent Commission for Human Rights in North Africa
  342. NGO SPES
  343. NGOs Platform of Saida – Tajamoh
  344. Nobel Women’s Initiative
  345. Nonviolence Network in the Arab Countries
  346. Nonviolent Peaceforce
  347. Nophotozone
  348. North American Imams Fellow
  349. North West Migrants Forum
  350. Northern Friends Peace Board
  351. Norwegian Church Aid
  352. Norwegian Refugee Council
  353. Ofogh NGO
  354. Oikos Cooperação e Desenvolvimento
  355. OMCT Tunisia
  356. Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS)
  357. Outright International
  358. Oxfam
  359. Palestinian Human Rights Organisation “PHRO”
  360. PARCIC
  361. PASS Foundation – Peace for Sustainable Societies
  362. PAX
  363. Pax Christi Australia
  364. Pax Christi Flanders
  365. Pax Christi International
  366. Pax Christi Pilipinas
  367. Pax Christi USA
  368. Peace & Justice (Scotland)
  369. Peace and Freedom ORG ( PFO)
  370. Peace Boat
  371. Peace Committee, 15th St. Friends Meeting, NYC
  372. Peace Direct
  373. Peace Organization for Building Community Cohesion, Nineveh Office
  374. Peace Organization for Peaceful Coexistence
  375. Peace Watch Switzerland
  376. Peace Winds Japan
  377. Peacemaker Trust
  378. PELDA
  379. PEN Malta
  380. Permanent Peace Movement
  381. Physicians for Human Rights Israel
  382. Piattaforma OSC italiane in Medio Oriente e Mediterraneo
  383. Plan International
  384. Plan International USA
  385. Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine
  386. Première Urgence Internationale
  387. Project on Middle East Democracy
  388. Protection Approaches
  389. Public Aid Organization
  390. PVE for Peace
  391. PVE Works
  392. Quakers in Britain
  393. Rainbow Refugees NI
  394. RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research)
  395. REACT Disaster Response
  396. Rebuilding Alliance
  397. Reclaim The Sea
  398. Red Dot Foundation Global
  399. ReFOCUS Media Labs
  400. RefuAid
  401. Refugee Resilience Collective
  402. Refugee Support Group
  403. Relief International
  404. Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED)
  405. ReThinking Foreign Policy
  406. Revista La Mar de Onuba
  407. Right to Movement Palestine
  408. Rights Realization Centre
  409. Roma Active Albania
  410. Roma Youth Organization “Walk with us – Phiren Amenca”
  411. Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR
  412. Roshanka
  413. Sabeel
  414. Sabeel Kairos Norway
  415. Sabeel-Kairos UK
  416. Safe Passage International
  417. Saferworld
  418. Salam for Democracy and Human Rights
  419. Salam For Yemen
  420. SALAM NGO
  421. SAM Organization for Rights and Libertie
  422. Sanad alBasra Organization for Human Rights
  423. Save the Children
  424. Sawa for Development and Aid
  425. SB Overseas Soutien Belge
  426. Schengen Peace Foundation
  427. Search for Common Ground
  428. Secours Islamique France (SIF)
  429. Secure Scotland
  431. SEEN.TV
  432. Seenaryo
  433. Sheba Youth Foundation
  434. Shining Star educational organization of Afghanistan
  435. Shma Koleinu – Alternative Jewish Voices of NZ
  436. Social Development Hodeida Girls Foundation
  437. Social Impact Movement
  438. SOLARIS
  439. Solidaridad Internacional Andalucia
  440. Solutions for a Small Planet
  441. SOS Children’s Villages International
  442. SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands
  443. SOS Children’s Villages Palestine
  444. Sphere
  445. Spirituality & Sustainability Global Network
  446. Statefree
  447. Ster
  448. Stichting Vluchteling
  450. Strategic Dialogue Group
  451. Study sky academy
  452. SUDS – International association of solidarity and cooperation
  453. Svalorna Latinamerika
  454. Swiss Palestine Association
  455. Syrian American Medical Society
  456. Syrian Forum
  457. Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).
  458. Syrians for Truth and Justice
  459. Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
  460. Tanzania Community Health Information and Support
  461. Terre Des Hommes Foundation Lausanne
  462. Terre des Hommes International Federation
  463. Terre des Hommes Italia
  464. Terre des Hommes Netherlands
  465. The Asfari Foundation
  466. The Center for Mind Body Medicine
  467. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
  468. The Episcopal Church
  469. The Foundation for Middle East Peace
  470. The Fund for Global Human Rights
  471. The Khalifa Ihler Institute
  472. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
  473. The Mosque Cares | Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
  474. The National Organization of Yemeni Reporters SADA
  475. The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS)
  476. The Palestinian Return Centre
  477. The Pickwell Foundation
  478. The Rights Forum
  479. The Syria Campaign
  480. The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
  481. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
  482. The United Church of Canada
  483. the3million
  484. Tirana Legal Aid Society, TLAS
  485. Together
  486. Together to Protect Human & Environment Association (Iraq)
  487. Train of Hope Dortmund e.V.
  488. Trainer’s League of Human rights
  489. Tree of Life Educational Fund
  490. Tripla Difesa O.N.L.U.S
  491. Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  492. TWANA Organisation for sustainable development-iraq
  493. UK-Palestine Mental Health Network
  494. UN Association of San Diego
  495. UN Etxea-UNESCO Association Basque Country
  496. UN Youth Association of Romania – Cluj Branch
  497. United Against Inhumanity
  498. United Nations Association – UK
  499. University Network for Human Rights
  500. UOSSM International
  501. Upper New York Peace with Justice for Israel/Palestine
  502. US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)
  503. Vento di Terra
  504. Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières North America
  505. VIS
  506. Viva Salud
  507. Voicing the Void
  509. Vrede vzw
  510. War Child Canada
  511. War Child Holland
  512. War Child Sweden
  513. War Child UK
  514. War Childhood Museum
  515. War on Want
  516. We Effect
  517. Weaponized Drone Ban Treaty Campaign
  518. Welfare Association (UK)
  519. WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
  520. WeWorld – Member of ChildFund Alliance
  521. WILPF Spain
  522. Woman Rights Center in Samawah
  523. Womankind Worldwide
  524. Women and Gender Institute
  525. Women Empowerment Organization
  526. Women for Peace
  527. Women for Women International
  528. Women in Black Vienna
  529. Women Political Alliance – Kenya
  530. Women Without Borders- Cameroon
  531. Women’s Human Rights Centre (Iraq)
  532. Women’s Institute for Leadership Development
  533. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom UK
  534. Women’s International Peace Centre
  535. Women’s Platform
  536. Women Human Rights Defenders Hub
  537. Womens Refugee Commission
  538. World Federalist Movement/ Institute for Global Policy
  539. World Organisation Against Torture
  540. World Student Christian Federation
  541. Worldwide Women’s Forum
  542. Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
  543. Yemen without Conflict Organization
  544. Yoga and Sport with Refugees
  545. Youth Against Irregular Migration
  546. Youth Vision Society
  547. Youths Volunteering for Sustainable Development (YOVSUD)
  548. Zhian health organization
  549. منظمة الدراسات و المعلومات الجندرية (Organization on Gender Studies and Information)
  550. منظمة المسلة لتنمية الموارد البشرية (Al-Masala Organization for Human Resources Development)

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