Israel Palestine

  • April 1, 2018

    After at least 17 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,400 injured by Israeli fire at the Gaza border as Palestinians observed a national day of mourning on 31 March 2018.

  • January 16, 2018

    The Israeli authorities must release Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old Palestinian activist who could face up to ten years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank last month, Amnesty International said ahead of her appearance in court on 15 January 2018.

  • June 12, 2017

    Writing 100 years after the Balfour Declaration and 50 years after Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories captured in the 1967 War, the World Council of Churches’ executive committee has lamented the ongoing failure of the parties to seek a just peace..

  • May 9, 2017

    The WCC General Secretary, the Rev  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed his concern regarding the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. Over 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli prisons began a hunger strike on 17 April 2017, demanding improved prison conditions.

  • April 27, 2017

    The Israeli authorities have granted a work visa to Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch, upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport.

  • March 31, 2017

    Stakeholders, ecumenical partners and staff of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel are gathered at the annual meeting 27-31 March this week in Geneva to nurture and strengthen a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis. 

  • March 14, 2017

    In mid-February, 16 African-American pastors from the USA toured the Holy Land to learn more about the Israel- Palestine conflict. The visit was an initiative by the Lott Carey Global Christian Missional Community and led by its president, the Rev. Dr Alyn E. Waller, who is a senior pastor at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia..

  • February 28, 2017

    On 26 February 2017, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas formally received the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, for a meeting to discuss just peace in Palestine and Israel.

  • February 17, 2017

    Extremism, bloodshed and displacement continue to plague the Middle East, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council yesterday, warning that these phenomena are feeding intolerance, violence, and religious radicalism far beyond the region.

  • December 27, 2016

    The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity”, constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law and are a “major obstacle” to a two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.