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WCC statement reiterates call for just peace in Palestine and Israel

WCC statement reiterates call for just peace in Palestine and Israel

Ecumenical Accompaniers from the WCC EAPPI program offer a peaceful protective presence for Palestinian children as they go to school at Al-Maniya near Bethlehem, West Bank. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

27 May 2019

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee, in a statement, reiterated its call for a just peace in Israel and Palestine. “That commitment is part of the fabric of our faith, and of the heritage of the ecumenical movement,” reads the statement. "We seek to express it by accompanying the churches, interfaith partners and communities of these lands in their witness and work for justice and for peace.”

The WCC called for a peace founded on justice. “Just as we categorically denounce antisemitism as sin against God and humanity, so do we reject discrimination, marginalization, collective punishment and violence against Palestinian people on the basis of ethnicity, race or religion also as sin against God and humanity,” reads the statement. “We call for an approach to the situation in Israel and Palestine that does not reduce it to a competition of binary opposites, in which one must choose one side or the other, but that recognizes and affirms the common humanity and equal God-given dignity and rights of all people of the region.”

The WCC continues to support and promote the vision of the two-state solution as the only practicable configuration for peaceful coexistence.

The WCC calls on “all WCC member churches, ecumenical and interfaith partners and all people of conscience and goodwill to continue to uphold and assert the equal human dignity and rights of all people, both Israelis and Palestinians,” reads the statement.

The WCC Executive Committee statement on Just Peace in Palestine And Israel, 27 May 2019

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WCC Executive Committee convening at Bossey Ecumenical Institute, WCC press release 21 May 2019

WCC's Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)

Invitation to the World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel 2019