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WCC gravely concerned over violent confrontation in Israel and Palestine

18 November 2015

Horrified by recent developments in Israel and Palestine, the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed again “the WCC’s rejection of violence and injustice” and has reiterated “its frequent call for respect for human rights for all people of the region, regardless of their national, ethnic or religious identity”. The action was taken at the 13-18 November meeting of the Executive Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.

The committee expressed grave concern over violent attacks against both Israelis and Palestinians, and over “measures entailing long-term time division of access to Al-Aqsa mosque and affecting access to other holy sites.” Such measures, the statement underlined, diminish hope in the realization of peace.

The WCC reaffirmed “the vision of Jerusalem as an open city, a city of two peoples and holy to three religions.”

Statement made by the WCC Executive Committee on 18 November 2015

WCC member churches in the Middle East