ELCA joins more than a dozen other churches and Christian organizations in a statement “70 Years On: Seeking a Hopeful Future in a Time of Yearning”

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In joining in this ecumenical statement, the ELCA recalls a number of desired outcomes it has stated previously with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

1. Israelis and Palestinians co-existing in justice and peace, as citizens of viable and secure Israeli and Palestinian states.

In that regard, our Palestinian Lutheran partners have often said, the security of Israelis depends on the freedom of Palestinians and the freedom of Palestinians depends on the security of Israelis.

2. An end to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

3. An end to terrorism and violence by individuals, groups, and states.

4. The establishment of and international support for a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.

5. An end to further expansion of the separation wall on Palestinian territory and the related appropriation of natural resources (e.g., water, farmland).

6. A cessation of all settlement activities and withdrawal from settlements on Palestinian territory to the 1967 boundaries.

7. A negotiated, final status agreement, which includes a “shared Jerusalem” that can serve as a capital to both Palestine and Israel, with access by and full rights in the city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Full text of the “70 Years On: Seeking a Hopeful Future in a Time of Yearning” statement.

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