As European ministers meet in Brussels on proposals to upgrade political and trade links with Israel, British foreign secretary David Miliband faces pressure to call for the suspension of an agreement which gives Israel preferential trade deals
Change is in the air as churches in many parts of the world hold a "World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel" that began on 4 June 2009, say organisers and participants. New voices are advocating steps toward peace.
It is important to remember that "many people in Israel belong to the peace movement", a group that should not be forgotten, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said, encouraging moves toward a just peace.
A broad coalition of church groups has sent a message of support for President Obama’s efforts at reaching out to Muslims across the world and towards making Israeli-Palestinian peace a top priority of his administration.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has told peace campaigner Harmeet Sooden - a former kidnap victim in Iraq - that it will not act on his official complaint regarding his mistreatment by Israeli authorities.
As President Barack Obama's efforts towards a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine continue, religious leaders in the region and in the USA are urging him to press forward toward a lasting peace in the Middle East.
A wide range of events will form the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 4-10 June. Churches and related organizations in over 20 countries are taking part. The week is about prayer, education and action to end to the 60-year conflict.
The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, meeting in Edinburgh this week, today decided to continue selling goods from illegally occupied territories at its hotel centre in Tiberias in northern Israel - to the dismay of many in the Church.