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World Council of Churches, Middle East Council of Churches write letter appealing to EU for firm stance against annexing occupied Palestinian territory

World Council of Churches, Middle East Council of Churches write letter appealing to EU for firm stance against annexing occupied Palestinian territory

Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF, 2020

11 May 2020

In a joint letter to foreign ministers that are part of the European Union, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) appealed for a firm and principled stance by the European Union against any annexation by Israel of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

The organizations are “calling on the EU to ensure that any such annexation is met with real consequences, at least commensurate with those adopted by the EU in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.”

The letter also expresses the WCC and MECC’s commitment “to the vision of a just peace for all people in the Holy Land.”

The unilateral annexation of yet more of the territory that remains to Palestinians cannot lead to justice or to peace, but only to greater injustice, dispossession, escalating tensions, regional destabilization, and the further erosion of respect for international law, the letter notes.

“The EU must not be complicit – by inaction or inadequate reaction – in this outcome,” the letter concludes.

Read the full letter

WCC member churches in Israel and Palestine

Solidarity with churches in the Middle East