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Statement on the situation in the Middle East

The Management Team of the World Methodist Council, meeting in Cape
Town, South Africa, on March 11th/12 th , calls on Methodists world-wide to join
in prayer for the people of Gaza, the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel
at this time of unprecedented and deepening crisis.

We condemn unequivocally the indiscriminate killing by Hamas of innocent
Israeli civilians and the taking of hostages, men, women and children, which
has precipitated the current situation. We are appalled by the killing of
thousands of innocent civilians in Gaza in the continued and intensive bombing
of the enclave and its cities by Israeli forces. While affirming the right of the
State of Israel to defend itself, we urge the immediate recognition of
international law in respect of civilian populations and occupied territories.

We join the many calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in order that
adequate humanitarian aid may reach the people of Gaza who are without
power, water, food and medical supplies and are living in increasingly desperate
conditions, now amounting to famine.

Ps 130.1 Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear our voice.

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