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Pax Christi & Israel and Palestine

This page is about Pax Christi’s work relating to Israel and Palestine. Please also see below for links to pages with further resources, action ideas and information.

WCC 2022 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel.

As the 2022 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel approaches in September, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites people and churches all over the world to pray, advocate, and stand in solidarity with people in the Holy Land suggesting the theme ‘Faith, Hope and Love in Action’.

Call to Prayer for Palestine (13/5/22)

Ann Farr, Chair of Pax Christi England and Wales called for prayer on the day of the funeral of journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh killed by Israeli Forces on 11 May. Read the full text here on Independent Catholic News.

Statement by the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem on the Recent Outbreak of Violence—April 2, 2022

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.’” (Psalm 122:6–7)

Over the past two weeks, indiscriminate acts of violence have taken place in various parts of our Holy Land. These have in turn led to violent confrontations throughout the region. More than a dozen people have lost their lives as a result of these attacks and ensuing conflicts. Others have suffered serious injury.

We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches of Jerusalem, condemn and decry these and all acts of violence against every human person, and we offer our prayers and sympathies on behalf of the families and friends who grieve over the loss of their loved ones because of them. We also pray for the recovery of those who have been wounded as a result.

With this sudden increase in bloodshed, we share the widespread concern that tensions will continue to increase during the rare confluence of major religious festivals among the three Abrahamic faiths: Ramadan, Pesach, and Holy Week/Easter. We therefore call upon the faithful within each of these three traditions to show forth the mutual respect and care for one’s neighbor that is central to the teachings of each.

We likewise call upon the overseeing governmental authorities to exercise policies of religious tolerance, restraint of force, and de-escalation of conflict—and we commend them to the extent that they have already done so.

In these coming weeks that are sacred to our respective religious traditions, we encourage all people of good faith to walk in the pathway of peace that is so central to the symbolism of Jerusalem, “the City of Peace.” In this way, we can be true witnesses to the world of the common vision of Peace/Shalom/Salaam that is enshrined within the heart of our separate but intertwined religious beliefs.

—The Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem

A beautiful video message from our partners at the Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem.

Up-dated Pax Christi leaflet on solidarity with peacemakers in Palestine & Israel (August 2019)

‘Violence, imposed solutions cannot bring about peace’ – 2019 Article from H.B. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarchate Emeritus of Jerusalem on the present situation in Israel/Palestine. H.B. Michel Sabbah was  President of Pax Christi International from 1999 till 2007.  Read full text

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Pax Christi calls for an end to illegal occupation of Palestine.  In this month of the commemoration of 50 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, Pax Christi International in collaboration with its members, urges the international community to call for the immediate end of the 50-year Israeli occupation and for the parties to reengage in a peace process in compliance with international law. (May 2016)

WKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAorking in solidarity with  peacemakers  in Palestine & Israel.

In 2015  our World Assembly, was held in Bethlehem, Palestine. This is the  statement affirming  our  stand in favour of nonviolent struggle against the occupation.

The World Assembly of Pax Christi urges all UN-member states to recognize the state of Palestine and to ban Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine…  are deeply concerned about Israeli policies that deny the rights of the Palestinian people and preclude the possibility of a two state solution. Pax Christi International supports Palestinians in their nonviolent struggle to end occupation and Israelis who stand for human rights and international law, including as applied to Palestinians.

 See photographs of our World Assembly and exposure visits in Hebron, South Hebron Hills, Jordan Valley .  Read more here 

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Actions and Resources

2022 Amnesty International has published a report (1/2/22) with the title: Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity. Available here. 2021 May Circles of Silence  – Nakba Memorial – May 15th 2021 With other Pax Christi International Sections, Pax Christi England and Wales is calling for Circles of Silence …

Links to partners

Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem,  video of work, our partner group in Palestine British Friends of Neve Shalom Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) Sabeel-Kairos Britain, founded in response to the 2009 Kairos Call from Palestinian Christians New Profile  an Israeli NGO challenging militarism in Israel.  Details of current Conscientious Objectors in Israel and how you …

World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel

2021 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel 18th-25th September Theme: ‘Forced Displacement of Palestinians’ As the 2021 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel approaches, the World Council of Churches invites people and churches all over the world to pray, advocate, and stand in solidarity with people in the Holy Land. “The …