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Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious and lay organisations and institutions have pledged to mobilise fresh support for peace in the Middle East.
A delegation of South African church leaders has returned from a one-week solidarity visit to the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem in Palestine-Israel.
Churches for Middle East Peace and other church and civil society groups in the United States are working to forestall a backlash against Palestinians.
Dr Harry Hagopian suggests that a recent letter to the UK Foreign Secretary from two senior bishops opens up some fruitful lines of investigation in understanding, and seeking solutions to, a long-standing grievance in the Middle East.
Two senior bishops, an Anglican and a Catholic, have written a public letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging fresh thinking about Israel-Palestine.
The Israeli government is facing international condemnation for a proposal for 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The newly upgraded status of Palestine in the United Nations has been welcomed as a positive step forward by the World Council of Churches.
International NGOs have welcomed the commencement of a ceasefire in Gaza and urged all parties to reach a lasting, comprehensive and just peace.
The Israeli seizure and occupation of Palestinian land, and the denial of a Palestinian state, is the root cause of the on-going conflict and the current flare up in Gaza.
A group of 38 development agencies has urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in Gaza as death and destruction increases.