NCC delegation visits Middle East

NCC delegation visits Middle East

May 31, 2002
Written by Staff Reports

A delegation of 13 U.S. church leaders just back from the Middle East is calling for bold steps to be taken by Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to end violence in the region and to achieve peace with justice. The delegation was assembled by the (U.S.) National Council of Churches and its general secretary, the Rev. Robert W. Edgar.

The leaders traveled in the region April 16-27 at the invitation of the Middle East Council of Churches and visited church and political leaders in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

In a statement released on April 30, the church leaders condemned "equally and unequivocally both the suicide bombings and Palestinian violence against Israeli society and the violence of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. All are counterproductive to achieving peace with justice. Both societies are caught in a cycle of violence and revenge."

Four delegation members accompanied humanitarian aid to Jenin April 25; the others went with aid to Bethlehem April 26.

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