The World Council of Churches (WCC) has today urged strong positive action by the United Nations on behalf of Palestine. While the WCC has advocated justice for Palestinians and Israelis for decades, the United Nations Security Council’s consideration of full membership for Palestine was hailed by the WCC and regional churches as an opportunity for peace.
In his statement, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of the WCC, said, “It is now a unique opportunity for the UN to take important decisions, to fulfil its role according to the UN charter, to make peace with justice prevail between Israelis and Palestinians, and with their neighbours.”
Tveit further adds, “Negotiations should not be seen as an alternative to the UN acceptance of the Palestinian application for membership. Different initiatives to build stability in the region should go hand in hand.”
He further signified the role of UN in positive efforts in the region, saying, “Yesterday’s announcement in Israel of plans to build 1,100 more housing units on occupied territory is a stark reminder, why sober deliberation, genuine courage and responsible actions by the UN are necessary”.
Along with the heads of churches in Jerusalem, Tveit stresses the “need to intensify the prayers and diplomatic efforts for peace between Palestinians and Israelis, considering this most appropriate time for such an opportunity”.