On 7 October 2015, a group of local Christians convened by the Co-Moderators of the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum met to assess the current situation and discern how Christians should act in the local context and on the international level regarding the conflictive situation in Palestine and Israel. Asserting that the conflict will not end until the occupation ends, the group focused on the moment’s many causes. They raised anxiety that a sovereign Palestinian state by peaceful means seemed increasingly out of reach. Israeli intrusions on the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound had worsened matters.
في إعلان رسمي صدر في 12 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، عبر مجلس الكنائس العالمي عن قلقه الشديد حيال التصعيد الدراماتيكي للنزاع في سوريا
In an official statement issued on 12 October, the WCC has expressed grave concern over the dramatic escalation of the conflict in Syria.
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.