Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has urged the the international community to help put an end to attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites, including Christian ones, the International Middle East Media Center reports.
The chair of the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales' Department for International Affairs, and the Church of England's lead bishop for Foreign Affairs, have released a joint statement on the House of Commons vote to recognize Palestine as an independent state, affirming that “Peace needs a bold vision."
Erik Lysén, director of International Affairs at the Church of Sweden, a member church of the WCC, has called the recognition of Palestine an important step towards the peace process.
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.