ACT Alliance is a global alliance of over 100 churches and church related organizations. Members of the Alliance are committed to working towards a world community where all God’s creation lives with dignity, justice, peace and full respect for human rights and the environment.
The main objective of the ACT Palestine Forum (APF) is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the humanitarian assistance and development work being undertaken by members through improved coordination. One of the projects of the APF is to conduct joint advocacy on behalf of the members of the forum.
Introduction to APF
The establishment of the ACT Palestine Forum (APF) during 2008 was a response to:
- human needs in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) caused by ongoing emergency situations arising from the continued Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories,
- the need for effective long-term development initiatives, and
- the necessity for improved advocacy by ACT members.
The APF does not aim to replace the comprehensive range of emergency responses, long-term development initiatives or advocacy work undertaken by individual ACT members in Palestine.
The APF is committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of ACT responses through enhanced cooperation and coordination, as well as identifying and building the capacity of ACT members to meet emergency and long-term development needs in the occupied Palestinian territory.
It is anticipated that the APF participation and support will contribute to reducing vulnerability, alleviate critical human needs, and address some of the long-term development needs in the occupied Palestinian territory – which have resulted from decades of conflict, forced isolation and political upheaval.
The APF is committed to sharing information and cooperating closely with the churches in the oPt.
The advocacy work of the ACT Palestine Forum related to development is in concert with the aim of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF):
“The aim is to bring an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate commitment for inter-religious action for peace and justice that serves all the peoples of the region. The PIEF believes that non-violence and rigorous dialogue between people, regardless of religious affiliation, are the pillars around which peace, justice, and reconciliation can originate in the region.”
Within this context, it is the objective of the ACT Palestine Forum to contribute to a global discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that addresses the consequences of occupation, promotes access of individuals to resources, and ultimately brings an end to the occupation.
The APF seeks to spread awareness of the humanitarian consequences of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to promote humanitarian access for goods, personnel and services.
APF aims to target the Christian communities on the International level through highlighting the general violations of the Israeli State against the Palestinians’ human rights and their continuous breaching of Human Rights Resolutions, International Law, and International Humanitarian Law by stressing Christians’ suffering in the Holy Land and seek to preserve Christians presence in Palestine.