The PIEF is an international, inter-church advocacy initiative for peace in Israel and Palestine

    How Gaza’s Christians view the Hamas-Israeli conflict

    In an interview published on the Christianity Today website, Baptist pastor Hanna Massad speaks about what he sees happening as he helps to shelter Gaza’s Christians and others during the current conflict. "This suffering afflicts both Christian and Muslims," he states, and also explains: "For us as Christians, for me, one person killed is too many, either Palestinian or Jew, because each of us is created in the image of God."

    EWN's exposure to the water crisis in Gaza

    During the meeting of the International Reference Group (IRG) of the Ecumenical Water Network of the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem in early June 2014, the IRG members embarked on a fact-finding mission to Gaza to assess the situation of water and sanitation there. What they witnessed and experienced in Gaza has been reported by some of the IRG members.

    Palestinians seek Indian Christian support

    A Palestinian theologian visiting India has called on Indian Christians to work for the cause of Palestinian Christians and visit the Holy Land to experience their life in the war-torn country. “Time has come not only for the Indian but for the global Christian leadership to help the cause of justice in Palestine,” Munther B. Issac, who works at the Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine, told a Catholic news agency.

    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.