ICUJP SUPPORTS UNITED NATIONS RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE
Submitted by icujpadmin on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 10:42am
Released September 22, 2011 In 2002, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace issued a comprehensive Statement On the Middle East. See below. Among other demands, ICUJP affirmed "the two-State solution: the State of Israel alongside a viable Palestinian State, with secure borders for both." ICUJP has never wavered from that Statement and reaffirms it today. Consequently, ICUJP urges the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly to grant the Palestinian Authority statehood and full U.N. membership and urges the United States not to veto that decision. Approved by the ICUJP Board of Directors, September 22, 2011 ICUJP Statement On The Middle East Released 02 August 2002 The terrible escalation of violence in Israel - Palestine over the last few weeks is a clear and bitter testimony to the utter failure of violence as a means to end violence. Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) is a coalition of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Native Americans and representatives of other faith traditions as well as secular peace organizations. We grieve for the untold numbers of people who are being killed. From ICUJP's mission statement: "The big lie back of all killings - whether street gang murders, deaths among Israelis and Palestinians, death at the hands of terrorists on September 11 or deaths in Afghanistan - the lie behind them all is that the victims deserved to die. Our consciences, shaped by the Divine Spirit, proclaim that when life is cheap and disposable anywhere, life becomes cheap and disposable everywhere. Every human being is of sacred worth - both friend and foe. They bear on themselves the image of the Divine. All are children of God." Therefore:
- We cherish all the efforts of peace-loving people in the Middle East who are struggling for a nonviolent resolution to the conflict.
- We affirm the two-State solution: the State of Israel alongside a viable Palestinian State, with secure borders for both.
- We welcome the Saudi initiative that calls for Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders and for all Arab States to normalize relations with Israel.
- We support the deployment of an international peacekeeping force, under the command of the United Nations, to enhance security of both Israelis and Palestinians.
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