09 July 2012
The Chief Executive of the UK Christian development charity BibleLands has called on the General Synod of the Church of England to approve the Private Members’ Motion affirming support for agencies such as the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel which work for a just peace in the Middle East. He described as “fantastical” suggestions from some quarters that support for the EAPPI would fan anti-Jewish sentiment in the UK. On the contrary, he argued that the best way forward for people of all faiths is the very outcome which organisations such as EAPPI and BibleLands seek to achieve: “an equitable peace settlement that leads to an end to occupation and illegal settlements, and justice, human rights and a viable state for the Palestinian people”.
Jeremy Moodey, CEO of BibleLands, applauded the EAPPI for its “excellent work” in the region. He urged the General Synod to build on the support which the Church of England has already given to EAPPI and other agencies working in Israel-Palestine by approving the motion, and thereby offer encouragement to all mission and other aid agencies working amongst Palestinians.
Full statement and background information are available.
BibleLands is a non-governmental, inter-denominational charity supporting humanitarian projects in the Middle East. For almost 160 years it has been working to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, and it has extensive experience and expertise in this region. BibleLands supports over 50 partner organisations Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine which are Christian-led but who provide care for all those in need, regardless of faith or nationality. For further information about BibleLands, visit our website.