Church leaders urge UK government to help deter annexation of West Bank

29 June 2020

Church leaders from the United Reformed Church, Church of Scotland, the Quakers in Britain, the Methodist Church, Church of England and Catholic Church have called on the UK government to help deter annexation of the West Bank, which could begin from 1 July:

“We stand alongside the Holy Land’s Christian leaders, who have warned that the Israeli Government’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank after 1 July 'would bring about the loss of any remaining hope for the success of the peace process'."

“All our Churches are committed to promoting justice and peace for everyone who calls the Holy Land their home. If annexation proceeds, it would gravely undermine international law with serious consequences for the common good of our global society.

“The UK Government should do everything in its power to deter annexation. Only a robust response, working alongside others in the international community, can help to prevent this tragedy.

“We remain united in prayer that plans for annexation will be abandoned, allowing for renewed efforts towards a negotiated solution that upholds the human dignity of Palestinians and Israelis alike.”

Derek Estill, Moderator of the General Assembly, United Reformed Church

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain

Rev Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Methodist Conference

Rt Rev Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, Church of England

Rt Rev Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton, Catholic Church