Johannesburg, 28 June, 2020 / 8:46 pm (ACI Africa).
Representatives of the various Christian denominations in South Africa have appealed to the Vatican and the World Council of Churches (WCC) to intervene in Israel’s plan to take over the West Bank, a landlocked territory claimed by both Israel and Palestine.
“The South African Council of Churches (SACC) calls on the World Council of Churches and the Vatican to approach the United Nations Security Council as a matter of priority, to act against this imminent act of flagrant aggression on a defenseless people, and what is left of their territory,” the representatives of churches in South Africa state in their collective statement issued June 25.
SACC is an inter-denominational forum that brings together some 36 members churches and organizations in South Africa. Some of the member churches include the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), the African Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church of South Africa and the Moravian Church in Southern Africa.
According to the members of SACC, the Vatican and WCC should also “send a message of encouragement and support to the Christians of the Holy Land, the ones whose faith became the evangelical source of the Christian Faith in the world.”
Located on the banks of River Jordan, the West Bank has been occupied by Israel since the 1960s but has an unresolved status as both Israel and Palestine claim rights over it.