Declaration supports Palestinians

09 April 2008

by Bill Bowder

CHURCH of England bishops, preparing to mark Israel’s 60th birthday next month, are signatories to a declaration saying that many Christians, in supporting Israel’s struggle for independence, have been deaf to the pain of the Palestinians.

“We acknowledge with sorrow that for the last 60 years, while extending empathy and support to the Israeli narrative of independence and struggle, many of us in the Church worldwide have denied the same solidarity to the Palestinians, deaf to their cries of pain and distress,” the declaration states.

But, it says, both histories have to be acknowledged for the sake of peace.

Other signatories to the declaration, on the website justpeace60., include lecturers and Evangelists. They commit themselves “in prophetic word and practical deed to a courageous settlement whose details will honour both peoples’ shared love for the land, and protect the individual and collective rights of Jews and Palestinians in the Holy Land”.

On Wednesday, the UK Advertising Standards Authority ordered the Israeli Tourist Office to withdraw an advertisement on ThinkIsrael. com implying that Qumran is in Israel. It is in the Occupied West Bank.

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