Open Call by for an Immediate Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe and Further Loss of Innocent Lives

Open Call by for an Immediate Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe and Further Loss of Innocent Lives

18 October 2023

This call is now open for organization and individual signatories. 

We have witnessed unfathomable death and destruction in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Thousands of people have been killed, injured, displaced, and nearly two hundred remain held hostage, including children and elderly.

In Gaza, the UN has said that water, food, fuel, medical supplies, and even body bags, are running out due to the siege. The UN warned that people – particularly young children – will soon start dying of severe dehydration. Neighbourhoods have been destroyed and turned into complete rubble. Palestinians in search of safety have nowhere to go. Many of those who relocated from northern Gaza to the south after the relocation order by the Israeli army were reportedly bombed as they attempted to flee or once they arrived in southern Gaza.  

The events of the last week have led us to the precipice of a humanitarian catastrophe and the world can no longer wait to act. It is our collective responsibility.

On Sunday, October 15th, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator to the Occupied Palestinian Territory appealed to all parties to the conflict, and to Member States with influence, to urgently agree to a humanitarian ceasefire.

Today, we put our voices together and call on all Heads of State, the UN Security Council, and actors on the ground, to prioritize the preservation of human life above all else. During this ceasefire, we call on all parties to unconditionally:

  1. Facilitate the delivery of lifesaving assistance, including food, medical supplies, fuel, and the resumption of electricity and internet to Gaza, in addition to safe passage of humanitarian and medical staff  
  2. Free all civilian hostages, especially children and elderly
  3. Allow humanitarian convoys to reach UN facilities, schools, hospitals, and health facilities in northern Gaza and commit to protecting them along with the civilians and staff inside them at all times
  4. Rescind orders by the Government of Israel for civilians to depart northern Gaza
  5. Allow patients in critical condition to be medically evacuated for urgent care

The UN Security Council, the UN Secretary General and all world leaders with influence must take immediate action to ensure a ceasefire comes into effect. It remains our only option to avert further loss of civilian life and humanitarian catastrophe. Anything less will forever be a stain on our collective conscience.

Civilians are not bargaining chips. Families need a chance to bury and mourn their dead. The cycle of violence against innocent civilians needs to stop.


1. 11.11.11
2. 38 Degrees
3. 50:50 NI
4. ABCD Bethlehem
5. Abductees Mothers Association
6. Academic Foundation for Peace-Conflict Studies
7. ACAT France
8. Access Now
9. ACT Church of Sweden
11. Action Corps
12. Action For Humanity
13. ActionAid International
14. Africa4Palestine
15. Africans Rising
16. Afro-Middle East Centre
17. Agaji Global Unity Foundation, Nigeria
18. Agriculture Developmrnt Associations PARC
19. AIDOS – Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo ETS
20. Ajyal Foundation for Education
21. Al Basma Club for the Disabled
22. Al-Nidal Association for Human Rights
23. Alfaf for development and reconstruction
24. Alliance Internationale -AIDL
25. Alquds center for Political Studies
26. American Friends Service Committee
27. Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action)
28. Americares
29. Amis de Sabeel France
30. Amos Trust
31. Anera
32. Another Europe is Possible
33. AOI
34. Arab Foundation for Civil Society and Human Rights
35. Arab NGO Network for Development
36. Armadilla Scs
37. ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth
38. Asamblea de Cooperación por la Paz
39. Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE)-Philippines
40. Asociación de Familiares de Presos y Desaparecidos Saharauis (Asociacón de Familiares de Presos y Desaparecidos Saharauis (AFAPREDESA)
41. Asociación Otra Escuela
42. Association for Rengein Tanjoji International Cooperation
43. Association Ifriqiya
44. Association of War Affected Women
46. Avaaz
47. Baptist Union of Wales
48. Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development
49. Baytna
50. BELaady Organization for Human Rights
51. Belgian Academics and Artists for Palestine
52. bina
53. Bond, the UK network for INGOs
54. Broederlijk Delen
55. Bytes For All, Pakistan
56. Caesar Families Association
58. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
59. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
61. Care International
62. Carolina Peace Center
63. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
64. Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights
65. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
66. Center for Human Rights in Iran
67. Center for Peace Education, Miriam College
68. Central Asian Network on Statelessness
69. Centre for human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED)
70. Centre for Peace Research and Advocacy -CPRA
72. cfd – The feminist Peace Organisation
73. Change Horizons Forum
74. Charity & Security Network
75. Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
76. ChildFund Alliance
77. Christian Aid Ireland
78. Christian Aid UK
79. Church and Peace – Ecumenical peace church network in Europe
80. Church World Service
81. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
83. CISP
85. City of Sanctuary Sheffield
87. Civil Rights Program Kosovo
88. Climate Refugees
89. CNCD-11.11.11
90. Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia Pacific
91. Coexist Community kitchen CIC
92. Committee of the Families of the Kidnapped and Disappeared in Lebanon (CFKDL)
93. Committee to Protect Journalists
94. Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights
95. COPE Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti
96. Cordaid
98. Cotidiana Mujer AFM
99. Council for Arab-British Understanding
100. Council on American-Islamic Relations
101. Counterpoints Arts
102. CRIC – Centro Regionale d’Intervento per la Cooperazione ETS
103. Cultura è libertà, una campagna per la Palestina
104. Culturel Center Beethoven Bettounssi
105. Cyprus Refugee Council
106. DanChurchAid
107. Danish Refugee Council
108. Daraj Media
109. Dawlaty
110. DC Peace Team
111. Dedar organization
112. Défense des Enfants International – Belgique
113. Defense Foundation for Rights and Freedom
114. Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights
115. Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)
116. Democracy School
117. Denis Hurley Peace Institute
118. Deutsch-Palsätinensiche Gesellschaft (DPG) e.V.
119. Diakonia
120. Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality
121. Dóchas
122. docP – BDS Netherlands
123. Economistas sin Fronteras
124. EducAid
125. Educo Member of ChildFund Alliance
127. Embrace the Middle East
128. empowervan
129. English for Action (EFA) London
130. Entraide & Fraternité
131. Episcopal Relief & Development
132. Equal Legal Aid
133. Escola de Cultura de Pau (School for a Culture of Peace)
134. Eşit Haklar İçin İzleme Derneği
135. Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor
136. European Alternatives
137. European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)
138. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine – ECCP
139. European Network on Statelessness
140. Farmers and Herders Initiative for peace and development Fhipd
141. Fédération Internationale pour les droits humains (FIDH)
142. Feminist Task Force
143. Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid
144. Fields of Peace
145. Foro Ciudadano Relaciones Celac-UE
146. Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD)
147. ForumCiv
148. Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI)
149. France Palestine Mental Health Network
150. Friends Committee on National Legislation
151. Friends of Nablus and Surrounding areas (FONSA)
152. Fundación Cultura de Paz
153. Fundación ISCOD – Sindicalistas sin fronteras
155. Futuro en Común
156. Gandhi Development Trust Phoenix Settlement Trust
157. Gender Action for Peace and Security
158. Gender Advisory Team
159. Gender Studies and Information Organization ~GSIO
160. Genera: Red de mujeres feministas por la equidad de género en el desarrollo
161. Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
162. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
163. Global Communities
164. Global Health Italian Network
165. Global Justice Center
166. Global Justice Now
167. Global Link
168. Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
169. Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)
170. Global Rights
171. Global Witness
172. GPPAC Pacific-Pacific Women Mediators Network
173. Graduate Women International
174. Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)
175. Greek Forum of Migrants
176. Haliéus
177. Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion
178. Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights
179. Health Justice Initiative (HJI) South Africa
180. Health Poverty Action
181. HEKS/EPER – Swiss Church Aid
182. Helen Suzman Foundation
183. HelpAge Interational
184. HIAS
185. Hope and Homes for Children
186. Human Life Foundation for Development and Relief
187. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center ‎‏“‏SHAMS‏”‏
188. Human Rights Sentinel
189. Humance Heal For Human Rights
190. Humans for Rights Network
191. Husna Foundation
192. ICAHD Finland
194. ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICNA CSJ)
195. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
196. IM Swedish Development Partner
197. In Place of War
198. Ina autra senda – Swiss Friends of Combatants for Peace
200. Innovation for Change – Middle East and North Africa
201. Innovation for Change South Asia
202. Institute for Policy Studies – New Internationalism Project
203. Institute for Security Studies
204. Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
205. International Federation for Human Rights
206. International Federation for Rights and Development
207. International Press Institute
208. International Rescue Committee
210. IPMHN Ireland Palestine Mental Health Network
211. Iraqi Alamal Association
212. Iraqi Women Network
213. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
214. Islamic Center of Boca Raton
215. Islamic Center of Detroit
216. Islamic Center of Yorba Linda
217. Islamic Relief
218. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
219. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK- UK
220. Israelisches Komitee gegen Hauszerstörungen (ICAHD) Germany
221. Itar for Social Development
222. Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines
223. Japan international Volunteer Center(JVC)
224. Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
225. Jewish Network for Palestine
226. Jewish Voice for Democracy and Justice in Israel/Palestine jvjp, Switzerland
227. Jewish Voice for Labour
228. Jewish Voice for Peace Albuquerque
229. Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council
230. Jews against the Occupation Sydney
231. Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
232. Jusoor Center for Studies and Development
233. Kairos Palestine
234. Kairos Palestine – Sweden
235. Kairos Sabeel Netherlands
236. Kenya Human Rights Commission
237. Khulumani Support Group (supporting victims and survivors of gross human rights violations)
238. Kırkayak Kültür
239. KnK Japan
240. KURVE Wustrow – Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action e.V.
241. La Coordinadora de ONGD -España
242. Law Center of Advocates
243. Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
244. Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
245. Lebanese Union for persons with physical disability/Arab forum for the rights of persons with disabilities
246. Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)
247. Liberian Energy Network
248. Libya Crimes Watch (LCW)
249. Libyan Anti-Torture Network
250. Ligue Algérienne de Défense des Droits de l’Homme – LADDH
251. Lutheran World Federation
252. MADRE
253. Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia)
254. Marib Girls Foundation
255. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
256. Medact
257. Médecins du Monde Belgique
258. Médecins du Monde International Network
259. Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
260. MedGlobal
261. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
262. medico international germany
263. medico international schweiz
264. Medicus Mundi Italia
265. Mehad
266. MENA Statelessness Network (Hawiati)
267. Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
268. Mercy Corps
269. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
270. Middle East and North Africa Partnership for Preventing of Armed Conflict – MENAPPAC
271. Middle East Children’s Alliance
272. Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND)
273. Migrant Roots Media
274. Min Haqi Foundation to empower women politically and economically
275. Misereor
276. Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Justice and Peace Centre (Australian Province)
277. Mouvement Social
278. Musaala Organisation for Human Rights
279. Muslim Aid
280. Muslim Delegates and Allies
281. Muslim Legal Fund of America
282. Mwatana for Human Rights
283. Naseef Muallem
284. National Cancer Control Foundatin – Yemen
285. Nationality For All
286. Nederlands Palestina Komitee
287. Network for Children’s Rights
288. Network of the independent Commission for Human rights in North Africa
290. NGOs Platform of Saida – Tajamoh
291. Nobel Women’s Initiative
292. Nonviolence Network in the Arab Countries
293. Nonviolent Peaceforce
294. Nophotozone
295. North American Imams Fellow
296. North West Migrants Forum
297. Northern Friends Peace Board
298. Norwegian Church Aid
299. Norwegian Refugee Council
300. Ofogh NGO
301. OMCT Tunisia
302. Outright International
303. Oxfam
304. Palestinian Human Rights Organisation “PHRO”
306. PASS Foundation – Peace for Sustainable Societies
307. PAX
308. Pax Christi Australia
309. Pax Christi Flanders
310. Pax Christi International
311. Pax Christi Pilipinas
312. Pax Christi USA
313. Peace & Justice (Scotland)
314. Peace and freedom ORG.( PFO)
315. Peace Boat
316. Peace Committee, 15th St. Friends Meeting, NYC
317. Peace Direct
318. Peace Organization for Peaceful Coexistence
319. Peace Watch Switzerland
320. Peace Winds Japan
321. Peacemaker Trust
322. Permanent Peace Movement
323. Physicians for Human Rights Israel
324. Piattaforma OSC italiane in Medio Oriente e Mediterraneo
325. Plan International
326. Plan International USA
327. Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine
329. Première Urgence Internationale
330. Project on Middle East Democracy
331. Protection Approaches
332. Public Aid Organization
333. PVE for Peace
334. PVE Works
335. Quakers in Britain
336. Rainbow Refugees NI
337. REACT Disaster Response
338. Rebuilding Alliance
339. Reclaim The Sea
340. Red Dot Foundation Global
341. RefuAid
342. Refugee Support Group
343. Relief International
344. Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED)
345. ReThinking Foreign Policy
346. Revista La Mar de Onuba
347. Right to Movement Palestine
348. Rights Realization Centre
349. Roma Active Albania
350. Romanian Peace Institute – PATRIR
351. Roshanka
352. Sabeel
353. Sabeel Kairos Norway
354. Sabeel-Kairos UK
355. Saferworld
356. Salam for Democracy and Human Rights
357. Salam For Yemen
359. SAM Organization for Rights and Libertie
360. Sanad alBasra Organization for Human Rights
361. Save the Children
362. SB Overseas Soutien Belge
363. Schengen Peace Foundation
364. Search for Common Ground
365. Secours Islamique France (SIF)
366. Secure Scotland
368. SEEN.TV
369. Seenaryo
370. Sheba Youth Foundation
371. Shining Star educational organization of Afghanistan
372. Shma Koleinu – Alternative Jewish Voices of NZ
373. Social Development Hodeida Girls Foundation
374. Solidaridad Internacional Andalucia
375. Solutions for a Small Planet
376. SOS Children’s Villages International
377. SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands
378. SOS Children’s Villages Palestine
379. Statefree
380. Ster
381. Stichting Vluchteling
383. Strategic Dialogue Group
384. Study sky academy
385. SUDS – International association of solidarity and cooperation
386. Svalorna Latinamerika
387. Swiss Palestine Association
388. Syrian American Medical Society
389. Syrian Forum
390. Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).
391. Syrians for Truth and Justice
392. Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights
393. Tanzania Community Health Information and Support
394. Terre Des Hommes Foundation Lausanne
395. Terre des Hommes International Federation
396. Terre des Hommes Italia
397. The Center for Mind Body Medicine
398. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
399. The Episcopal Church
400. The Foundation for Middle East Peace
401. The Khalifa Ihler Institute
402. The Mosque Cares | Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
403. The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS)
404. The Palestinian Return Centre
405. The Pickwell Foundation
406. The Syria Campaign
407. The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
408. The United Church of Canada
409. the3million
410. Tirana Legal Aid Society, TLAS
411. Together
412. Train of Hope Dortmund e.V.
413. Tripla Difesa O.N.L.U.S
414. TWANA Organisation for sustainable development-iraq
415. UK-Palestine Mental Health Network
416. UN Association of San Diego
417. UN Youth Association of Romania – Cluj Branch
418. United Against Inhumanity
419. United Nations Association – UK
420. University Network for Human Rights
421. UOSSM International
422. US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)
423. Vento di Terra
424. Veterinarians Without Borders/Vétérinaires Sans Frontières North America
425. VIS
426. Viva Salud
427. Voicing the Void
429. Vrede vzw
430. War Child Canada
431. War Child Holland
432. War Child Sweden
433. War Child UK
434. War Childhood Museum
435. War on Want
436. We Effect
437. Welfare Association (UK)
438. WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
439. WeWorld – Member of ChildFund Alliance
440. WILPF Spain
441. Woman Rights Center in Samawah
442. Womankind Worldwide
443. Women and Gender Institute
444. Women for Peace
445. Women for Women International
446. Women in Black Vienna
447. Women Political Alliance – Kenya
448. Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)
449. Women’s Institute for Leadership Development
450. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom UK
451. Women’s International Peace Centre
452. Women’s Platform
453. Womens Refugee Commission
454. World Federalist Movement/ Institute for Global Policy
455. World Organisation Against Torture
456. World Student Christian Federation
457. Worldwide Women’s Forum
458. Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
459. Yemen without Conflict Organization
460. Yoga and Sport with Refugees
461. Youth Against Irregular Migration
462. Youth Vision Society
463. Youths Volunteering for Sustainable Development (YOVSUD)
464. Zhian health organization
465. منظمة الدراسات و المعلومات الجندرية (Organization on Gender Studies and Information)
466. منظمة المسلة لتنمية الموارد البشرية (Al-Masala Organization for Human Resources Development)

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