CMEP Statement on kidnappings in West Bank
Churches for Middle East Peace statement of July 3
[The following statement was issued by Churches for Middle East Peace on July 3, in response to the kidnappiings and subsequent murder of three Israelis in the West Bank.]
Churches for Middle East Peace expresses its abhorrence and dismay at the news that the three Israeli students abducted on June 12 were found dead yesterday near Hebron in the West Bank. This is a horrific act for which there can be no excuse or rationale.
We also deplore the disproportionate response to the kidnappings by Israeli security forces that has contributed to the deaths of several Palestinian youths. This violence clearly is a symptom of a long conflict and occupation that must be resolved if more tragic losses are to be avoided.
We call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint at this difficult time.