A statement issued by Kairos Palestine and the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine expresses agony over the “massacre of civilians, men, women and children” in Gaza. The statement calls on “Churches to assume their responsibilities towards the Holy Land, the land of their roots” and demands that churches “put pressure on Israel and also on their governments to end Israeli impunity and hold her accountable.”
The World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) in follow up of a recent inter-regional programme on Overcoming Violence in the Middle East has issued a statement titled “Gaza and the curious Israeli 'equality'”. It raised the questions “What to condemn? What to understand? What to promote? … What is the reality in Palestine?”
The president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA has conveyed “deep disappointment and sadness over the invasion of Gaza by Israeli Defense Forces.” The NCCUSA leader Jim Winkler said, “Israel’s invasion of Gaza will not bring a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine nor will rocket fire from Gaza bring peace. ”
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.