Patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem conveyed Easter greetings to their faithful. They reaffirmed their call to “share the good news about our risen Lord with the whole human family” and offered prayers for “endurance, perseverance and hope” so that “all people may enjoy the fullness of life of which the Resurrection is itself the foretaste and promise.”
Robert Serry, the United Nations' Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has called for "all parties to respect the right of religious freedom, granting access to holy sites for worshipers of all faiths and refraining from provocations not least during the religious holidays.”
The new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the “illegal collective punishment” unleashed on the population of the Gaza Strip.
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.