The violent carnage cannot go on! The killing and injuring of innocent civilians in Gaza as well as and in Israel must stop.
Israeli airstrikes must end along with further threats of increased military action. Palestinian militant groups must also cease all current and future attacks on Israel. Violence only breeds more violence and impedes the path that leads to lasting peace.
The “right to self defense” can never be an excuse to inflict violence and wanton destruction to civilian communities. It is morally unjustifiable and it is against international law.
The CCM supports the call of the World Council of Churches for an immediate negotiated ceasefire between the political leaders in Israel and Gaza.
They must ensure that all measures are taken to protect civilians and for international relief agencies to have unfettered access to provide the humanitarian aid urgently required.
The CCM also supports the call of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, for the United Nations to hold a special session on resolving the current crisis in Gaza.
The CCM calls upon all its member churches to pray for the progress of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, with the accompaniment and full support of peace-loving countries around the world.
The CCM also calls upon all powerful nations of the West to exert pressure to stop Israel from using violence disproportionately executed upon the helpless Palestinians.
A special Gaza Humanitarian Fund has been set-up in order that churches can contribute generously to help churches in Gaza to assist in humanitarian relief by funds provided by international Christian funders.
Cheques are to be made out in favour of
“Council of Churches of Malaysia”
And to be written at the back
“Gaza Humanitarian Relief Fund”
Rev’d Dr Hermen Shastri
Council of Churches of Malaysia
8th January, 2008
God of mercy and compassion,
Of grace and reconciliation,
Pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East.
Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust,
Despair to hope, oppression to freedom,
Occupation to liberation,
That violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces,
And peace and justice could be experienced by all.
From Imagine Peace,a devotional resource from the
WCC Decade to Overcome Violence, 2008