Joint Ecumenical Statement: Annexation will undermine peace and justice

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WCCThe World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches, ACT Alliance and Lutheran World Federation have released an “Ecumenical Statement on the Planned Annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

The statement expresses concern over the planned annexation of occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank by Israel.

“Annexation of such territories is in direct violation of international law and goes against several international agreements, UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, the 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949,” the statement reads. “We urgently call on the international community to take immediate action to directly address this unilateral action.”

The statement recognizes that this present crisis has historical and complex roots. “Peace can never be unilaterally imposed; or achieved by violent means,” the text reads. “We offer our solidarity and support with the understanding that the God of life calls us into actions of justice for all the oppressed.”

Both organizations pledged continued prayer and active advocacy. “We call for a steadfast hope that inspires action rather than passivity,” the statement reads. “We resolve to continue working for a long lasting and true peace in the Holy Land.”

Link to the full statement, 29 June 2020

Church leaders across the globe express deep concern over Israeli plan to annex parts of West Bank (WCC press release 17 June)

World Council of Churches, Middle East Council of Churches write letter appealing to EU for firm stance against annexing occupied Palestinian territory (WCC press release of 11 May 2020)

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