Israel Palestine

  • 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.

  • September 23, 2016

    The latest Middle East Analysis podcast features a wide-ranging summary of significant developments relating to the region from Dr Harry Hagopian, Ekklesia associate and consultant to the Catholic

  • September 16, 2016

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

  • July 8, 2016

    Two years after war devastated large parts of the Gaza strip, claiming more than 1,500 civilian lives, Israel’s blockade stifles recovery for 1.8 million Palestinians living in the region.