Faith groups plan joint rally to mark 40 years of Israeli occupation

 Pax Christi will join with other faith groups at a demonstration in Trafalgar Square to mark the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War and the start of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, on Saturday 9 June. Former Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, Riah Abul Asal, and Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, will be among those addressing the rally which begins at 2.30pm. The event is organised by the Enough! Coalition, which was formed in the UK to advocate the end of the Israeli occupation. Pax Christi UK, the Quakers, the Scottish Episcopal Church's Justice Peace and Creation Network, and the Amos Trust have joined charities, trade unions, British Muslim and Jewish groups and MPs to commemorate the anniversary. Church Leaders in Jerusalem, including Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, issued a message on Pentecost Sunday which says: "This year marks the 40th anniversary of occupation by the Israelis of land previously held by Palestinians. It is totally unacceptable for the situation to continue where the Palestinians endure daily hardships and humiliations with deprivations of international human rights, allegedly to ensure the safety and security of the Israelis, whereas we believe the security of Israel is dependent on the freedom and justice of the Palestinians" The Church leaders have also called upon Christians and all people of goodwill to join in the International Church Action for Peace in Palestine & Israel between 3rd and 9th June. Pax Christi is urging its members and churches in the UK to offer prayers for peace in Palestine & Israel at this time. Supporters of the Enough! coalition include Lord Hylton, Rev Kathy Galloway, Leader of the Iona Community, Rev Garth Hewitt, director of the Amos Trust, Professor Mary Grey and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate. Full statement from the Church Leaders of Jerusalem and copy of the Ecumenical Service produced for the International Church Action for Peace in Palestine & Israel available from the Pax Christi website: Source: Pax Christi

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