July 22, 2014
[World Council of Churches press release] Expressing grave concern over the escalation of military operations in Gaza, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, “Hostilities must cease. Israel, Palestine and the surrounding region must be offered the hope of peace: a peace based in justice, a lasting peace that may lead toward reconciliation”.
In an official statement from the WCC issued on 22 July, Tveit expressed deep sadness...
July 21, 2014
- B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International is outraged by reports that the approximately 20 rockets found last week in a Gaza school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) were returned by the U.N. agency to local authorities, when control of Gaza continues to be dominated by Hamas terrorists.
The United Nations was...
[National Council of Churches USA press release] The President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA expressed deep disappointment and sadness Friday over the invasion of Gaza by Israeli Defense Forces.
The Israeli government said it is “hitting Hamas hard” following the Palestinian faction’s refusal to accept a peace plan brokered by Egypt.
NCC President and General...
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached the following sermon July 20 at Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia.
Christ Church, Savannah
20 July 2014
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
It is very good to be with you again – and to be here...
July 18, 2014
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/18/14)—In extended comments, Dr. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, has expressed the deep anguish of American Baptists in the face of the continued escalation of conflict in the world this summer. ”From the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to the mutual acts of violence between Israel and Hamas, more and more innocents are being killed as the perpetrators refuse the ways of peace.”
- B’nai B’rith International is stunned by the sentiments of a Catholic bishop in the United Kingdom holding Israel responsible for the intensified conflict with Hamas.
In response to a recent statement by Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, who serves as chair of the International Affairs Department at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, B’nai B’rith International Director of United...
- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an agency that promotes the interests of Palestinian refugees, discovered a stockpile of some 20 rockets hidden by Palestinian terrorists inside an UNRWA school in Gaza. This discovery is further proof of Palestinian terrorists using Palestinian civilians and civilian infrastructure—in this case a U.N. facility for children—as cover for operations targeting the people of Israel.
July 17, 2014
[Episcopal Relief & Development press release]Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City with funding for food and fuel as it responds to urgent needs during the current crisis.
Despite structural damage to the hospital from the impact of Israeli airstrikes, Al-Ahli staff have maintained round-the-clock presence and care for those who have been wounded. Further adding to the strain are...