‘A Just Peace for Palestine’ wholeheartedly welcomes the successful adoption by the Methodist Church Conference of the ‘Justice for Palestine and Israel’ report. The working group is to be congratulated for its hard work in compiling and submitting the report and its resolutions.
We admire the Methodist Church’s stand, particularly given the external pressure that was applied. As observed by a member of the Council of Christians and Jews, urging delegates to vote for the report, inter-faith dialogue is not well served “by being coy about what we believe to be true.”
On behalf of those Jews and Christians in the UK and Palestine/Israel who publicly endorsed “the working group’s humane and principled conclusions”, we would like to thank all those who gave courageous and moving statements in support of the report’s conclusions.
The Methodist Church’s response to the Palestinian cry for solidarity follows on from similar shows of support for the Kairos Palestine document by the World Council of Churches and South African church leaders.
Ben White, campaign coordinator for ‘A Just Peace for Palestine’, said: “The Methodist Church has demonstrated what it means to take action for a just peace in Palestine/Israel. Hopefully, this will encourage – and challenge – other churches to take similar steps in the future.”