A commission of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has denounced an Israeli government decision permitting Palestinian Christians to designate themselves as Arameans rather than as Arabs.
In an interview, Rifat Odeh Kassis speaks to Karibu about the Kairos document’s 5th anniversary, its contribution to bringing the situation in Palestine and Israel closer to a "just peace", and the network’s strategy moving into the future. The article was produced as part of the World Council of Churches World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, observed from 21 to 27 September.
To celebrate Kairos Palestine’s fifth anniversary of launching the document “A Moment of Truth”, Kairos Palestine, in partnership with PIEF and Alternative Tourism Group, will be holding an international conference and a series of events from 2-6 December, in Bethlehem.
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.