Statement Regarding Escalating Violence Between Israel and Hamas

We are watching with horror as the events in the Middle East are unfolding and rapidly escalating.

All human life is precious. We mourn the innocent victims and we wholeheartedly condemn all attacks on civilians. We also grieve for the potential loss of more life and the ominous drumbeat of a larger-scale war that would have long-term ramifications.

Our common goal is peace and safety for all. To achieve this, we must address the issue at its root and end the occupation that has oppressed millions of Palestinians for decades. Palestinians in Gaza have endured Israel’s brutal siege for over 15 years. Israel’s repeated large-scale military attacks on Gaza have taken thousands of Palestinian civilian lives, including hundreds of children.

We call on all outside powers to do what they can to advance the cause of peace and justice.