American and Palestinian Christians
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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and Bright Stars of Bethlehem hosted a special consultation , convened in cooperation with the National Council of Churches (NCC), World Council of Churches (WCC), and the Diyar Consortium, and building on previous engagement, US and Palestinian Christians addressed the current context in Israel/Palestine, the US-sponsored economic workshop in Bahrain, and the elements necessary to reach a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
Building on previous gatherings at the Carter Center in Atlanta, in Washington, DC and in Houston, this week’s meeting reflected on developments that have contributed to rising tensions, exacerbated deadlock, and rendered an agreement based on international law, conventions, and UN resolutions more remote than ever, and affirmed that a just peace can only be based on equality and rights for all, with the participation of, and ultimate agreement by, all parties.
Even as the US-organized Bahrain workshop sought pledges of economic support for Palestinians, American and Palestinian Christians asserted that, without a political settlement, efforts to build up the Palestinian economy alone is an empty gesture that is neither sustainable nor viable in the long term, nor can it offset the damage of continued Israeli military occupation on the Palestinian economy.
Participants affirmed that a political solution must result in the realization of Palestinian self-determination, an end of occupation based on the 1967 borders, Jerusalem as a shared capital and an inclusive city, lifting the blockade on Gaza, and recognition of the rights of Palestinian refugees.
Source: IMEMC news