We will never be silent.
Dialogue is the only way to solve conflicts!

DIALOGUE FOR A CEASEFIRE AND SUSTAINABLE PEACE IN THE NEAR EAST

Palestinian lives matter – Israeli lives matter!

Peace now!

With this event we would like to offer a space for dialogue between representatives of religions, politicians, Christians, Jews and Muslims.

We are concerned about the population in Gaza, the suffering and the ongoing Israeli campaign of annihilation of Hamas after the massacre of Oct. 7th, 2023, which at the same time extinguishes unbearable numbers of Palestinian lives and their livelihoods.

Furthermore, we are convinced that with this policy the question of the innocent hostages held by Hamas will remain unresolved and be exacerbated.

THE DECLARATION OF DIALOP ON THE WAR IN GAZA

Israeli lives and Palestinian lives matter – equally!

In its ruling of 26 January on Israel’s violation of the Convention and punishment of the crime of genocide in the Gaza Strip, the International Criminal Court in The Hague found the charge of genocide to be plausible and well-founded. Although the Court could not decide to call for an immediate ceasefire, the measures to protect the population from the genocide to which it held Israel guilty can only be implemented under the conditions of a ceasefire.

We condemn the bombing of Palestinian cities without regard for civil society, which has killed more than 25,000 people and destroyed the livelihoods of 2.2 million Palestinians, with the same disgust and passion with which we condemned Hamas’ attack on Israeli civilians on 7 October, to which 1,200 Israeli citizens fell victim.

We join all international calls, particularly the UN General Assembly resolution, for a ceasefire and the release of hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli administrative detention. We also join Pope Francis’ repeated calls for an end to the military operations with their appalling harvest of innocent civilian victims, and for a solution to the desperate humanitarian situation by an opening to the provision of humanitarian aid.

The situation has also worsened in the West Bank, especially with the new far-right Israeli government under Netanyahu. The government program of the nationalist Israeli right-wing government openly declares that the Jewish people have an “exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the land of Israel.” In doing so, the Israeli government is going against international law and the resolutions of the UN General Assembly.

There is a risk of a full-scale regional war involving Lebanon and Iran, which could also trigger the involvement of the USA and other Western armed forces in the Middle East. We reject such a dangerous and destabilizing escalation scenario and call for the demilitarisation of the Middle East.

The international community must act now and do their utmost to promote a ceasefire and negotiations for a sustainable peace, based on a sustainable solution for the two states. However, the only way to achieve a solution for two states is to negotiate with each other; we therefore call for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state of Palestine by the EU and the member states. .

 

The DIALOP coordination team

Vienna, January 2024

 

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Standing together Jews-Arabs-Christians

Since October 7th 2023 DIALOP is supporting the art collective OneStateEmbassy of Vienna Home page | OneState (onestateembassy.com), which weekly calls to Standing Together Vienna on the streets of Vienna.

We mourn for all victims of the war in Israel and Gaza without discrimination,  grieving that every victim of the war is too much, regardless nationality and faith  Standing Together Vienna | OneState (onestateembassy.com). We are calling for ceasefire, freedom for the hostages, stop of occupation, persecution and oppression of Palestinian Citizens in Israel.

Dialop supports fully this beautiful initiative, which runs with extreme punctuality, peaceful, sad and touching, but also perseverant, courageous and strong, like the drop of water that digs the stone.

A space of friendship and common ground has arisen to shape this difficult time together, to let humanity win, to plan respectful and effective acting. And further we are looking continuously for a wide band of alliances for the best impact for peaceful initiatives and solutions. Report on this coming soon.

A joint jewish-arab declaration for peace

We – movements, organizations and activists, Jews and Arabs – write these words out of heavy mourning for the thousands of people killed in recent weeks, and out of terrible anxiety for the safety of the abducted and those who will still be harmed in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

The brutal massacre carried out by Hamas on 7 october left us all – Jews and Arabs – stunned and shocked. In the weeks that have passed since that cursed Sabbath, additional atrocities have been added to the atrocities committed by Hamas: thousands of people have been killed, are are still being killed, by the Israeli bombings on Gaza, many of whose residents have even been cut off from the water and electricity. Read more

A great internationalist movement for peace

In this article of Prof. José Manuel Pureza (university Coimbra) the author describes the need of a great internationalist peace movement. This sums up the lecture given by Pureza on “War, imperialisms and challenges of peace” that took place in Lisbon on March 11th 2023 with the support of transform!europe.

Portuguese version in https://www.esquerda.net/opiniao/um-grande-movimento-internacionalista-pela-paz/85566

Peace is our victory

On February 23rd 2023 the meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe took place in Vienna. During the OSCE session, representatives of the Austrian peace movement gather at the Vienna Hofburg and project their demand for peace in Russian, Ukrainian, English and German on the façade of the building complex where the delegates meet: “Peace is our victory”.

Beschluss der pax christi

Beschluss der pax christi pax christi – Internationale Katholische Friedensbewegung – Deutsche Sektion -Delegiertenversammlung am 23.10.2022 in Fulda

New publication:

Palaver, Wolfgang (2022): “Der Ukrainekrieg als Herausforderung kirchlicher Friedensethik”, in: Theologisch-praktische Quartalschrift 170 (4): 395-403.

Petition to stop fighting in Ukraine

A petition was launched by DIALOP with over 650 signees to request a ceasefire on Christmas 2022 and the beginning of negotiations. The petition was sent a week before Christmas to both embassies in Vienna: the Ukrainian and the Russian.

Sign the petition online here

6th December – Im Krieg den Frieden vorbereiten

Ein Gastbeitrag in der Berliner Zeitung vom Dienstag 6.12.2022 vom Prof. Michael Brie, Vorsitzenden des wissenschaftlichen Beirats der  Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung und des scientific board of DIALOP

June 21st – Ceasefire first!

During the research seminar of DIALOP from 20th to 22nd of June the  Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW22Vienna) took place in Vienna.

The researcher group deliberated in those days a document with the request of an immediate ceasefire between the belligerent parties. Pls. find and spread the text.

The war in Ukraine reached in the meantime the mark of 100 days and the toll of ten thousands of lives. And it keeps going on savagely. We cannot get used to it. In this column you will find the manyfold appeals to peace of different friends and associations linked to DIALOP beginning from March 2nd 2022.

12th June: Friedensbrief von Marlene Streeruwitz und Walter Baier

Der Brief ist am 12.6.2022 im PROFIL erschienen.

 

Sign on / Unterschreiben Sie unter https://www.friedensbrief.at/

7th June: Reaching a Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine, Statement by Participants of the Science and Ethics of Happiness Study Group, meeting hosted at the Casina Pio IV, Vatican City, June 6-7, 2022 

3rd May: Commento di Luciana Castellina, giá europarlamentare, storica, giornalista. Roma

22nd March: Der Appell, Tim Herudek DIE LINKE

2nd March: A Call to Dialogue of the Platform DIALOP

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