Dutch development NGO, Kerkinactie, left the "United Civilians for Peace" (UCP) coalition on December 22, over UCP’s bias against Israel.  UCP was founded in 2001 and other members include Oxfam-Novib and Pax Christi.  Kerkinactie stated that the UCP paid “too little attention . . . to the necessity of security for all peoples in the region, including Israel itself,” and due to its "reputation of being ‘one-sidedly pro-Palestinian’" UCP could no longer “be sufficiently effective in its advocacy and lobbying work."