I found the following news announcement on the website of the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation. (H.E.Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Church serves on its advisory board, as does Archbishop Vicken Aykazian of the Armenian Orthodox Church of America):
Religious leaders ask Congress to condition Israel military aid on human rights compliance
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Fifteen religious leaders representing many major faith groups in the country, have written a letter to Congress seeking to make U.S. military aid to Israel contingent upon its government’s “compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies.”
The signers say they “have worked for decades to support both Israelis and Palestinians in their desire to live in peace and well-being” and “have witnessed the pain and suffering of Israelis as a result of Palestinian actions and of Palestinians as a result of Israeli actions.”
The letter says in part:
In response to our Christian call to be peacemakers, we have worked for decades to support both Israelis and Palestinians in their desire to live in peace and well-being. We have worked alongside our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers to help build a peaceful and resilient Palestinian civil society by supporting hospitals, schools, clinics, and social service agencies. These ministries include cooperative efforts with Israelis and Palestinians as well as with Jews, Muslims, and other neighbors here in the United States. Through our presence in the region, and regular visits to our partners there, we see first-hand the impacts of the conflict on both Palestinians and Israelis and hear from them directly about the reality of their lives.
As Christian leaders in the United States, it is our moral responsibility to question the continuation of unconditional U.S. financial assistance to the government of Israel. Realizing a just and lasting peace will require this accountability, as continued U.S. military assistance to Israel -- offered without conditions or accountability -- will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Peg Birk, transitional general secretary of the National Council of Churches
Alexander Patico, North American secretary for the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
Eli S. McCarthy, justice and peace director for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men;
Kathy McKneely, acting director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
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