PRESS STATEMENT: Church leaders representing over 50 million Christians urge for “economic pressure” against Israel
American and African Christian leaders, representing churches with over 50 million members, have issued a joint statement comparing the situation of Palestinians under Israeli occupation to that of black South Africans under Apartheid. The statement follows a “Pilgrimage Group Visit” to Israel-Palestine by a delegation of American and African church leaders. Part of the joint statement reads:
We visited Palestinian communities and homes where people are not allowed to have freedom of movement or self-determination […]
We visited a refugee camp of displaced persons who still hold the keys to their homes confiscated over 70 years ago.
We met and heard stories of men, women, and children who have themselves or family members been victims of state sanctioned violence in the form of detention, interrogation, teargassed, beatings, forced confessions, and death…
We met with families who are fighting to keep their homes from being taken for Jewish settlements and developments […]
We saw the patterns that seem to have been borrowed and perfected from other previous oppressive regimes [including] the ever-present physical walls that wall in Palestinians in a political wall reminiscent of the Berlin Wall […]
Roads built through occupied Palestinian villages, on which Palestinians are not permitted to drive, and homes and families divided by walls and barriers […]
The heavy militarization of the [Palestinian] West Bank was reminiscent of the military occupation of Namibia by Apartheid South Africa
[and] the laws of segregation that allow one thing for the Jewish people and another for the Palestinians; we saw evidence of forced removals […]
In their statement the church leaders conclude with urging for the option of “economic pressure” and commit to “work alongside the oppressed Palestinian people, to advocating in our own countries among our governments for actions and policies that will help lead to a resolution of the conflict”.
Source: Palestine Home