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Church Condemns Gaza Violence

Tuesday May 15 2018

The Church of Scotland has called for an end to the violence which has accompanied the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.

58 people were killed yesterday (Monday) when Israeli troops fired on Palestinian protesters, who were marking the mass displacement of Palestinians after Israel was formed in 1948.

The Rev Dr Richard Frazer (above), convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, condemned the killing of civilians, and the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Dr Frazer said: “The killing of civilians is a matter of international concern and the whole world should stand together in calling for an end to violence and seeking a settlement of this conflict that has continued for 70 years.

“Unilateral actions by states, such as the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, only serve to fuel the despair that Palestinians feel that their rights have been overlooked.

“Yesterday’s violence is shocking, shameful and is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

“We know from our partners in Israel and the Occupied Territories of Palestine, as well as from members of the Church of Scotland who have visited the region in recent weeks and months, that life in Gaza is becoming more precarious and the violence being perpetrated against the Palestinian people is getting worse.

“The world cannot stand by and allow this to continue. For 70 years, Palestinians have been forced to be refugees in their own land. As in so many conflicts, the shocking and needless loss of life should be a spur to the international community to reaffirm the universality of human rights and human dignity.”


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