Approved by the Board of Directors on July 22, 2014.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a bi-national organization (United States and Canada), dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers, and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. Due to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, PJSA has prepared the following statement.
We call on all actors in the current violent conflict between Hamas and Israel to end their military offensives immediately. We are alarmed by the rising number of casualties — the majority of whom are civilians and Palestinian.
We believe that all people in Israel and Palestine have the human right to live in peace, and to not be subjected to violence and the fear of violence. The current retaliatory violence from both sides is not only morally wrong, but strategically very short sighted, and will not bring peace or justice to either the Palestinians or the Israelis.