The World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting people across the world to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness for peace in Palestine and Israel.
Through a World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel from 17-24 September, the WCC hopes to follow up on joint prayers for justice and peace in the Holy Land, held in Jerusalem on 5 June, and WCC Peace Consultations with global church leaders, which took place in Beit Sahour two weeks later.
During the World Week of Peace, on Thursday, 21 September, the International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed.
In a letter released this week, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reminded people that, despite 50 years of occupation and despair, hope prevails for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.
“The World Week of Peace is yet another opportunity to remind the world about the unsolved conflict in Palestine and Israel and to show solidarity with peace seeking people suffering under occupation,” wrote Tveit.
WCC also continues a worldwide social media campaign “Seek #JusticeAndPeace in the Holy Land” that introduces 12 people with different backgrounds sharing their hopes for justice and peace in the Holy Land.