Pleas from church leaders follow UN call to defuse tensions
Jul 25, 2006
The international community needs “to take bold and novel actions to uphold international law and break the vicious cycle of violence” in the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to World Council of Churches general secretary Samuel Kobia.
“The unwarranted upsurge in violence if allowed to continue will only add to the untold sufferings of the Palestine people, the primary victims of this ongoing conflict,” said Kobia in a letter sent on June 30 to representatives of the group known as the Quartet, consisting of the U.S., the European Union, the UN and Russia.
Kobia said retaliatory measures taken by Israel, including the detention of Hamas leaders after the seizing of an Israeli soldier on June 25, “are not going to resolve the problem” but will likely result in “further embitterment and hate.”