An open letter signed by more than 200 bishops, clerics, members of religious orders, and theologians from several faith traditions, has been delivered to Pope Francis. It advocates that the pope "publicly call upon the government of Israel to end its mistreatment of Palestinian children" and invite other nations to revise policies toward Israel.
Under the call to “Keep Hope Alive”, volunteers from Australia, North America, Europe and Palestine joined the collaborative Joint Advocacy Initiative and Alternative Tourism Group Olive Planting Program in February 2014.
Naim Ateek, director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem, spoke for most Palestinian Christians when he sharply criticized the Israeli parliament's enactment of a new law that establishes Muslim and Christian Arab communities as separate identities. Ateek asks: "For the last sixty‐five years, the government of Israel has not shown favoritism or bias towards the Christian community of the land, so why now?"
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) was launched by the WCC in 2007 to catalyze and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
PIEF acts to
- challenge government support for the occupation
- challenge public support for the occupation
- challenge theological and biblical justifications for the occupation and
- maintain viable the Palestinian Christian presence in the Holy Land.