Near East. The World Council of Churches calls for the opening of humanitarian corridors

The World Council of Churches (WCC) calls for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors in Palestine and Israel.

What is needed is the “immediate, unconditional release and safe return of all hostages,” as well as “an immediate ceasefire and the opening of humanitarian corridors,” reads a statement released Monday by the World Council Executive Committee of Churches during a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. .

It also calls for “guarantees for the uninterrupted distribution and delivery of essential humanitarian assistance, including water, food, medical supplies and fuel, as well as the restoration of electricity and internet services in the Gaza Strip.” After the seemingly endless whirlwind of violence and suffering is brought to an end as quickly as possible, the root causes must be addressed.

“We deplore the staggering inability of the international community and the political leaders in the region to persevere in the search for a lasting peace, based on justice and mutual respect for equal human dignity and equal rights of all, and to end the cycle of violence to maintain.” the statement said.

“Equal rights for all people”

The World Council of Churches says it will pray for a lasting and just peace “based ultimately on the recognition and respect of God-given human dignity and the equal human rights of all people – Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims and Christians.” ”

The WCC Executive Committee called on all parties to respect the God-given dignity of every human being and the principles of international humanitarian law. This also includes the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure – including hospitals, places of worship and holy sites.

About 350 churches and Christian communities from more than 100 countries belong to the World Council of Churches (WCC). The organization sees itself as a forum for exchange and dialogue and a source of inspiration for Christian communities in politics, culture and society.

The World Council of Churches was founded in 1948 by the European and North American Churches. The Catholic Church is not a member. However, since 1965 there has been a joint working group between the Vatican and the World Council of Churches.

Source: Do Rzeczy