Survivors of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz appealed Thursday for peace in the Middle East, saying the fighting creates hate and "threatens humanity." The International Auschwitz Council, which includes Holocaust survivors, scholars and religious leaders, appealed to international leaders to launch peace initiatives, "insignificant though they may appear to be, with the view to overcome the hateful antagonisms while promoting dialogue and cooperation." The IAF began bombing Lebanon on July 12 after Hizbullah guerillas crossed over the border and killed eight Israeli soldiers and kidnapped two others. "The war in the Middle East kills people, destroys their homes, roads and bridges, as well as their hopes for normal life and development," the council said in a statement. "It awakens despair and hate ... and threatens humanity." The Nazis killed about 1.5 million Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The council was set up in 1990 to oversee preservation and educational efforts at the site.