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Council of Churches expresses deep concern over violence in Gaza/Israel

Council of Churches expresses deep concern over violence in Gaza/Israel

Episcopal News Service reports on the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches statement on the violence in Gaza and Israel:

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed deep concern about the conflict in Gaza and Israel. In a recent statement he urged both sides to “cease hostilities” to ensure that “civilians will be protected”


He went on to say that “the loss of peoples’ precious lives in the eyes of God, on both sides, cannot be accepted as a price to be paid in the unresolved political problems and in political agendas.”

“We call upon the UN Security Council and the Arab League to take immediate resolutions and measures to put an end to the escalation of violence, in the interest of both parties,” he added.

In his statement, he also reiterated the WCC’s call for an end of the six-year blockade imposed on Gaza by Israel.

“The WCC declares that the rocket attacks from Gaza into civilian communities in Israel, which are reprehensible and never justifiable, might also have very negative effects at a time when Palestinians are seeking international support of, and recognition by, the international community for a future viable and contiguous state,” concluded Tveit.

Giles Fraser tweets about what he wrote in 2004 “so little has changed”.

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi – an Anglican and PLO Executive Committee member denounces

the attacks.

An op-ed Eric Yoffie, retired president of the Union for Reform Judaism, in Haaretz calls for support of “get tough” policy.


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Donna Hicks

The reference to Haaretz is misleading. The piece referenced is an op-ed Eric Yoffie, retired president of the Union for Reform Judaism, a USer, a bit different from Haaretz itself calling for a ‘get tough’ policy.

Thanks for raising this up.

Thanks for the correction ~ed.

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