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"Behind the News" bulletin to focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

30 avril 2002

"Behind the News" bulletin to focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

"Behind the News" bulletin to focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

cf. WCC Press Update, Up-02-08, of 5 April 2002

cf. WCC Press Release, PR-02-14, of 2 April 2002

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be the subject of the next two issues of Behind the News: Visions for Peace - Voices of Faith (BTN). BTN is a joint effort by the World Council of Churches (WCC), Action by Churches Together (ACT International), and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) to share information with their broad church constituency.

Originally created as a response to the threatening global situation following the attacks of September 11, the electronic bulletin and website will now focus on church, ecumenical and other faith statements and actions related to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Behind the News focuses on alternative voices and perspectives behind stories in, or conspicuously absent from, the international news.

Visions for Peace highlights statements, ideas and actions that aim to build peace and reconciliation in situations of conflict and violence.

Voices of Faith shares information, particularly from churches, ecumenical organizations and other faiths, emphasizing different regional perspectives.

The forthcoming issue (no. 16) will feature:

  • statements and actions from the local Christian community

"Many churches and ecumenical organizations have been working for decades on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and their past policies and statements now provide a foundation for action in the midst of the current violence. This bulletin won't attempt to summarize such long-standing advocacy, but will highlight some of the statements and actions of the past two months," explains Sara Speicher from the WCC Public Information Team.

"We are very aware that this issue of BTN only scratches the surface of what the national and international organizations, churches and faith groups are saying and doing for a just peace in this conflict. But we hope and pray that this service can bring together voices and common resolve to speak clearly, act decisively and maintain a vision of justice, dignity and peace for all," she concludes.

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Behind the News: Visions for Peace - Voices of Faith is on the WCC website

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is a global action network of churches and church-related organizations who have pledged themselves to change unjust policies and practices related to global trade and HIV/AIDS.

Action by Churches Together (ACT) is an international alliance of churches and relief agencies assisting thousands of people recovering from emergencies in more than 50 countries worldwide.