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Concern on escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel

WCC GS deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel

16 November 2012

The WCC is closely following the tragic violent developments that occurred the last days in Gaza and Israel, which have resulted in the loss of many lives, including children and women. This violence should stop immediately so that the lives of civilians, who are always the main victims, be spared. The loss of peoples’ precious lives in the eyes of God, on both sides, cannot be accepted as a price to be paid for the unresolved political problems and political agendas.

The WCC urges both sides to cease hostilities, and ensure civilians will be protected. We call upon the UN Security Council and the Arab League to take immediate resolutions and measures to put an end to the escalation of violence, in the interest of both parties.

The WCC reiterates its call for the end of the six-year blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel. A fast facts sheet report issued in June 2012 by the UN OCHA in the occupied Palestinian territories reminded us of the dramatic unbearable humanitarian situation of the population in the Gaza Strip. As Israel continues to control Gaza by air, land and sea, the international humanitarian law holds its Government responsible and accountable for the safety of all civilians in Gaza and Israel.

The WCC declares that the rocket attacks from Gaza into civilian communities in Israel, which are reprehensible and never justifiable, might also have very negative effects at a time when Palestinians are seeking international support of, and recognition by, the international community for a future viable and contiguous state.

WCC general secretary
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit