We are pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli. Over all, we are for the poor and anyone whose life is inhibited due to injustice. Our concern is for justice, peace and reconciliation. We believe that all people (without bias or prejudice in terms of race, religion, caste/class, gender or sexual orientation) should be able to live life as God intended. No matter what our beliefs we, as Christians have a mandate to speak against injustice. Our hope is that all sides in this conflict would be able to move towards peace and reconciliation for the common good and thus we support initiatives that enable this.
What has this issue got to do with Aid and Development?
TEAR Fund’s chief concern in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is related to the humanitarian and justice issues. We believe that these cannot be divorced from the political realities and the various theological thoughts that feed those realities. In order to truly address the humanitarian issues at hand, we need to be educated and willing to feed into the political and theological discussions. This will enable us to better understand and treat the symptoms, whilst being informed of the causes.
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