The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organisations to join together from May 28 until June 3 for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the world who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness.
As part of last year’s World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel, churches in more than 20 countries around the world sent a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups, and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples. During World Week for Peace 2012, participants are encouraged to plan their activities around the following three principles:
- Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem and other worship resources prepared for the week.
- Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially issues related to displacement.
- Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.
The message is that now:
- It’s time for Palestinians and Israelis to share a just peace.
- It’s time for freedom from occupation.
- It’s time for equal rights.
- It’s time for the healing of wounded souls.
Sources: WCC (www.oikoumene.org/) and the Church of Scotland World Mission Council