Faith leaders urge end to occupation in the Holy Land

By agency reporter
September 16, 2016

At a joint consultation on the Holy Land, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA ( NCCCUSA) released a statement calling for an end to the denial of rights and generations of suffering in the Holy Land.

More than 60 representatives of churches and church-related organisations from around the world gathered 12-14 September in Virginia (USA) to discuss the unresolved conflict in Israel and Palestine.

“We have particularly valued the participation of Palestinian, Native American, and South African Christians who have shared their insights and lived experience,” the statement read.

Those gathered insisted that the cycle of violence must be broken. “We call for an end to the occupation and the illegal extension of settlements on occupied land, with all its grave and deteriorating dimensions for the Palestinian people, but also for Israel and the whole region beyond,” the statement read.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* Read the WCC/NCCCUSA statement here

* World Council of Churches



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