The Presbyterian Church has been very active in the bringing of peace in the areas affected by the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Several denominations have been working for a very long time, both individually and in congregation with several other relief and aid organizations. The work is being done one a multitude of levels on both sides and there has been a constant effort to bring down the level and frequency of the fights as much as possible. The efforts include both going right into ground zero and seeing the situation first hand and at the same time facing the media to promote the efforts for peace and stability in the region. The efforts that were made and the presence on the media that the Presbyterian Church has had regarding the conflict have been reviewed here in detail.
Being at Ground Zero
The Presbyterian Church has had a lot of focus on being an active part of resolving the issue between Israel and Palestine and one of the biggest entities that have been playing a huge role is the Israel/Palestine Mission Network. The entity is a part of the Presbyterian Church USA and is actively playing its role in the resolution of the conflict. Their efforts involve providing real time support to the affected civilians and at the same time, studying the situation while being on the ground to better understand the conflict and resolve the problem. A lot of different press releases have also been coming from them regarding the clear stance of the Presbyterian Church on the issue.
One of the most recent developments in the worsening of the situation of the conflict between Israel and Palestine is the recent increase in tension by Israel through giving a call to demolish the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The fact that such a thing could bring a huge escalation in an already worsening situation is realized by everyone who is either trying to resolve the issue or is working for relief on ground zero. The Presbyterian Church, being an active part of the resolution of the conflict has clearly said like its partners that the Israeli authorities are bound to respect the right of Muslims to worship in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Jerusalem and Israeli control
The status of Jerusalem is currently not resolved and it is recognized as so by the State Department of the USA as well. Even under such circumstances, the Presbyterian Church has made a very clear statement that the encroachment of land being done by the Israeli authorities in Jerusalem is against the law and should be stopped. Since the point of the entrenchment is to gain access to the holy land completely, the Israeli authorities want to take away the rights of the Muslims in the area to worship freely at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock and that is itself in conflict with the international law.
Supporting freedom of worship
The Presbyterian Church completely respects the right of Muslim in the Jerusalem area to go and worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The Freedom of Worship is a part of international law too and the Presbyterian Church USA, being a denomination based in the United States is working hard to make sure the U.S law for foreign aid is implemented fully. After all, Israel is one of the biggest recipients of US aid in the whole world.
Unbiased Opposition of Violence
The Presbyterian Church strongly believes that it is extremely necessary to bring about a change in the situation by ending the violence from all sides. It doesn’t matter if one is Palestinian or Israeli or from any other side, inflicting violence on either side is completely wrong. It is only through the complete removal of this violence that the first step can be taken towards liberation for both sides. Special efforts have been made by the Presbyterian Church to influence Israel into complying with this approach and the Presbyterian Mission Agency has also released a complete guide on boycotting the products that are being made from the Israeli settlements. The Israel/Palestine Mission Network is also urging the members and general public to submit applications in order to exert pressure on the United States government to protect the human rights of the Palestinians against Israeli aggression.
All in all, the Presbyterian Church is one of the most active groups working toward the resolution of the conflict between Palestine and Israel and it is working in every manner to effectively eradicate the problem from the region, no matter what it takes.