Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has addressed an academic congress held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, regarding Palestinian Christian Identity in Israel and the Middle East.
A delegation of Roman Catholic bishops from Europe, South Africa, and North America visited the Holy Land to pray with and support the Palestinian Christians and the cause of peace. In their visits, they traveled to Gaza and saw the small and vulnerable Christian communities there.
A member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee met with a visiting delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and with the British consul general at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah.
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.