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 Christian cemetery of the Salesian monastery not far from West Jerusalem has been desecrated by unknown perpetrators. The Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem has reported that numerous crosses were toppled or destroyed. The monastery authorities pointed to previous incidents of vandalism, including blasphemous graffiti written in Hebrew.
The 2015 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the Palestinian pastor Rev. Dr Mitri Raheb, and the Israeli journalist Gideon Levy.
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.