Statements Calling for Peace, Justice, and Understanding

Author: Rebekah Go

The Ansari Institute grieves the loss of innocent life in Israel and Gaza. We invite our audience to read statements issued by the University of Notre Dame’s leadership and by prominent peacebuilding, human rights, and academic institutions. Click on the links below to view the complete statements.

Father John I. Jenkins, CSC, President of the University of Notre Dame (Updated February 9, 2024)

“Just as I condemn the heinous killings, kidnappings and assaults on Israeli civilians on October 7 and all expressions of antisemitism that have emerged since, I add my voice to those calling for an end to the violence and death in Gaza, particularly children and innocent civilians.”

Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace is horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place in Israel this weekend. Our heavy hearts and collective prayers go out to all those affected, especially those who have lost loved ones and those who remain captive.”

Jewish Voice for Peace

“Right now, Palestinians, Israelis and all of us with family on the ground are terrified for loved ones. We grieve the lives of those already lost and remain committed to a future where every life is precious, and all people live in freedom and safety.”

Churches for Middle East Peace

“The actions of Hamas and the Israeli response in Gaza in no way advance peace, but rather cause loss of life and harm, grief, and devastation, not only to the individuals affected, but also to the legitimate cause of the Palestinian people in seeking an end to the decades long occupation and the blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

Amnesty International

“Israeli security forces and Palestinian armed groups must make every effort to protect the lives of civilians in today’s outbreak of fighting in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

American Association of Colleges & Universities

“As the horrific events in Israel and Gaza continue to unfold, we call upon colleges and universities to promote free and open dialogue on the conflict and the issues underlying it.”

Updates from Around Campus
Father John I. Jenkins, CSC, is a founding member of a coalition that has issued this statement to "Stand with Israel Against the Terrorism of Hamas."
The Kroc Institute has developed a Resource Page complete with articles, interviews, and op-eds.
The Religious Liberties Initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Law School is hosted a panel discussion in late November 2023 called "The Rising Tide of Antisemintism on American Campuses and Beyond" - more details can be found here.
The Ansari Instute is hosted an Abrahamic Family Fireside Chat on January 24, 2024.
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