The religion and society think tank Ekklesia is backing an independent initiative aimed at marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel with a call from senior Christian leaders for a just peace - a fair settlement for Palestinians and Jews alike.
Co-director Simon Barrow commented: "A just peace between Israelis and Palestinians is both vital and possible. So is global solidarity to that end."
He added: "This declaration joins human and Christian compassion for two wounded people's with the political passion to see right prevail. It is timely and essential."
Spokesperson Ben White told Ekklesia: "So far, there are Presbyterians, Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, around a dozen Church of England bishops, theologians and professors, but there is still plenty of time for new signatories. The declaration - already signed by Desmond Tutu - will stay open until May 8, Israel’s official Independence Day, when it will be sent to the national press in the UK and US."
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