Fr Paul Lansu, Pax Christi International policy advisor and a member of the PIEF core group, attended the Holy Land Coordination 2016 - an event that brought together Roman Catholic bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa. A final statement, “You are not forgotten,” has been published.
Twelve Roman Catholic bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America visited the Cremisan Valley on 10 January as part of the Holy Land Coordination, in which they come to show solidarity with Palestinian Christians. A Cremisan Valley landowner told them how the situation was not "simply politics" but about "people's lives and about their dignity."
The Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church, worth 20 billion U.S. dollars, has declared the five largest Israeli banks "off limits for investment". It has divested funds from two of these banks, which had previously been part of its portfolios.
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.