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  • 21.04.10

    WCC general secretary expresses dismay over recent Israeli military order

    Expressing dismay at a recent Israeli military order redefining the notion of "infiltrator" in the occupied Palestinian territories, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, said he is "worried the new measures will be a severe obstacle toward the process for a just peace."

  • 15.04.10

    Asian Christian assembly heads for prophetic witness and reconciliation

    In a keynote speech on the theme of the 13th General Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) "Called to Prophesy, Reconcile and Heal", the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) said: "There is no true prophecy that does not speak both the critical truth and contribute to the building up of a vision, a dream of the new life in common."

  • 1.04.10

    From South Africa to Palestine, a message of peace and hope

    In an Easter message, more than 60 South African church leaders and Christian, Jewish and Muslim lay theologians have conveyed their solidarity with Palestinian Christians in their Kairos call.

  • 29.03.10

    Defying the Wall, Palm Sunday demonstrators break out of Bethlehem

    Crowds of demonstrators defied movement restrictions on Palm Sunday, marching through a checkpoint blocking access to Jerusalem before soldiers could stop them.

  • 4.02.10

    Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum launches website and newsletter

    pief.oikoumene.org is a new website launched by the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum geared to providing a springboard for advocacy, public education, and mobilization.

  • 21.12.09

    WCC general secretary applauds church support for the “Kairos Palestine” document

    World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, said the endorsement by the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem of the “Kairos Palestine” document “adds integrity, authority and force to the message of the document.”

  • 16.12.09

    Kairos initiative: a message of hope for a just peace in Palestine

    At an impressive ceremony which brought together a wide spectrum of Palestinian civil society, including church leaders, and over 50 people from every region of the world, Palestinian Christians launched the document popularly referred to as the Kairos Palestine Document.

  • 11.12.09

    A Palestinian Christian call to end the occupation

    A group of Palestinian Christians representing a variety of churches and church-related organizations have issued an animated and prayerful call for an end to occupation of Palestine by Israel.

  • 3.12.09

    No water for the neighbours

    Rows of neat suburban houses stand on the parched, barren hillside. A water tower looms over them, irrigating lush greenery in the gardens. But outside this West Bank settlement's perimeter fence sits the tiny Bedouin community of Umm Al Kher, whose residents are desperate for water.

  • 19.11.09

    Israel settlement decision "deplorable", says WCC

    Churches and other ecumenical partners of the World Council of Churches (WCC) have received an appeal to "mobilize their members and the public" in resistance to Israel's approval for the construction of 900 new housing units in the Gilo settlement on traditionally Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. The WCC general secretary, the Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, called on organizations related to the Council "to act with resolve, in concert," with the intention "to reverse this decision of the Israeli government and the settlement programme it represents."