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    UK Methodist Church briefing on BDS

    Should the Methodist Church in Britain support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement? In order to find out what people think about this question, an online survey has been launched by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. In July 2013 the Methodist Conference had passed a motion requesting the organization of a briefing on the arguments for and against BDS.

    EU asked to honour its position on Israeli settlements

    EU asked to honour its position on Israeli settlements

    Nine volunteers with the WCC's Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel have met with European Union officials, urging them to honour recently issued guidelines on grants and loans to Israeli settlements.

    Churches urge a political solution for peace process in Syria

    Churches urge a political solution for peace process in Syria

    Church leaders from Syria, Russia, the United States and European nations have called a political solution the only way towards peace in Syria. This stance was shared in a communique they issued following their meeting with Kofi Annan, former United Nations general secretary, and Lakhdar Brahimi, UN-Arab League joint representative for Syria.

    Churches to observe World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

    The WCC invites its member churches, faith-based organizations and civil society to observe the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel from 22 to 28 September, invoking prayers, action and advocacy for justice and peace in Palestine.

    WCC general secretary speaks on challenges facing Arab Christians

    Christians in the Arab world “do not consider themselves as minorities, but rather want to understand themselves as full citizens of their nations, with all that this status entails in terms of duties, responsibilities and full rights.”

    WCC general secretary: military actions cannot bring peace in Syria

    While condemning all use of chemical weapons in Syria, the WCC general secretary said that “we must do everything possible to starve the fire of war rather than feeding it with further deadly armaments.”

    Kairos Palestine condemns call for war in Syria

    Kairos Palestine has issued a statement on the situation in Syria. They decry the justification of the war on false claims of acting in the name of democracy, human rights, and humanity itself.

    Bishop Hanna rejects aggression on Syria

    The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation reports that the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah Hanna addressed a large number of "occupied Jerusalem' citizens" at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

    Bishop Younan appeals for political solution, not military intervention

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land and its Bishop Munib Younan called for diplomacy and a political solution to the situation in Syria rather than military intervention. Bishop Younan said: "Arab and Middle Eastern Christians and Christians throughout the world have a responsibility to raise a critical public voice, thus contributing to civil society".

    Heads of Churches in Jerusalem on Egypt situation

    The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued a statement expressing deep anxiety at the alarming situation in Egypt. The statement notes that there are “internal divisions, deliberate violence and terrorist acts against innocent people, both Muslims and Christians.” Referring to the “desecration and burning of churches”, the statement appreciated “the fact that many Muslim compatriots have stood by the side of Christians in defending churches and institutions.”

    WCC condemns chemical weapons use and calls on UN to fulfil its responsibility to protect Syrians

    The spectre of chemical weapons recently used in the conflict in Syria against civilians has raised international alarms, led to calls for an investigation and met with strong condemnation from the WCC general secretary, who called on the United Nations to fulfil its responsibility to protect the Syrian people from gross human rights violations.

    WCC invokes prayers for peace in Egypt

    The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has called for prayers for healing, justice and peace for all Egyptians.

    Kairos Palestine searches volunteer translators for Advent resource

    PIEF Alert, 24 July 2013

    Kairos Palestine condemns eviction of Palestinian Bedouins from Israel

    A recent statement by Kairos Palestine condemned “the planned displacement, dispossession and eviction of tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel.”

    Egypt needs peaceful and inclusive transformation in its political process

    The WCC general secretary encouraged peaceful and inclusive transformation in political systems in Egypt, while expressing “deep concern” over the escalation of violence in the country.

    Increasing violence against religious communities in Syria alarming

    The WCC general secretary has issued a statement on recent violence in Syria targeting religious communities.

    More United Methodists divest from occupation

    The United Methodist Kairos Response initiative reports that four United Methodist annual or regional conferences in the United States (New England, Minnesota, Pacific Northwest and Upper New York) have voted this month to divest or have their funds divested from companies involved with Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.

    Canadian Presbyterians adopt significant measures on Palestine 

    At its 139th General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church of Canada adopted a report dealing with the impact of the occupation; the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement; the church's investments in General Electrics and Caterpillar; and tax receipts issued by charitable organizations for donations to activities in settlements. The report also provided suggestions of what Presbyterians can do with regards to Christian Zionism.

    Church leaders protest closure measures

    Patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem have issued a joint communiqué to protest closure measures adopted by Israeli police at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. They lamented the interruptions and inconvenience caused by the frequent closure of Jaffa Gate - the only access to their patriarchates, churches and convents. Most recently, on the occasion of the Festival of Lights, heads of churches and priests were refused permission to drive through Jaffa Gate to their homes and churches.

    Palestinian Christian graves desecrated

    According to news reports a Palestinian Christian cemetery in Jaffa has been desecrated. Nearby property was damaged. The incident has been described as one that bore the hallmarks of a "price tag" hate crime, by police on Thursday. Police also stated that headstones in the Orthodox Christian graveyard in Jaffa, a mixed Palestinian-Jewish area in southern Tel Aviv, were sprayed with Hebrew graffiti and the tires of five vehicles parked nearby were slashed.