YMCA statement on Israel and Palestine

Topic: Vision 2030 - Just World

Date: 25 October 2023

We watch with horror the unfolding tragedies in Israel and Palestine, which have already taken thousands of innocent lives and which could easily escalate into greater regional violence, in the West Bank, in Lebanon, and even further afield.

Our hearts go out to all who have lost loved ones, and to all living with the trauma of the current situation.

We have called unequivocally for an immediate end to hostilities, the release of hostages, and the removal of restrictions on civilians which range from a lack of basic necessities such as water, to inadequate access to education.

The World Alliance of YMCAs is in contact with all of the YMCAs in the region, in Gaza, East and West Jerusalem, and Beirut.

Read our full statement and words from World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee here.

East Jerusalem YMCA has launched an emergency humanitarian appeal to support its continuing work. A further appeal may be launched by YMCA Gaza when the extent of its needs is established.

The 20th YMCA World Council in 2022 passed a Resolution pledging to help work for a just peace in Israel and Palestine, and to involve young people in that quest.