[Opinion] World Council of Churches Presents: World Week for Release of Palestinian Terrorists
Click here for NGO Monitor’s factsheet on the World Council of Churches’ “World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel”
Despite its self-styled role as a prophetic voice, the World Council of Churches (WCC) again displayed its bias against Israel. Last week, September 21-27, WCC observed its fourth annual “World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel” (WWPPI), organized by WCC’s Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF).
Last week’s theme was “Let My People Go” and, based on the input of many highly politicized non-governmental organizations (NGOs), called for the release of all Palestinian “political prisoners” held by Israel. This, in WCC’s definition, includes those convicted of murder and other acts of terrorism against civilians.
The misinformation provided by WCC is made possible through the distorted reality portrayed by many one-sided, political NGOs that partner with WCC and PIEF. The claims and allegations inevitably originate with groups such as Addameer, Breaking the Silence, Defence for Children International- Palestine (DCI-PS), Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) and New Profile. These NGOs, funded by European governments, call for “an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine,” promote narratives that reject the legitimacy of the Jewish State, and make legal and factual claims without the necessary expertise or access to objective and independent facts. These “facts” are then widely accepted as truth, and reproduced at events such as the WWPPI, despite their distortions and fabrications.
WCC describes itself as a “prophetic voice” that “speaks truth to power.” But, speaking truth to power first requires having the truth. WCC has failed to fearlessly speak the simple truth that terror attacks on Israeli civilians are unspeakably immoral acts. The WCC’s disguising of terrorists as “political prisoners” is an affront to the victims and to morality, and releasing terrorists fuels conflict and undermines peace. These missing truths in the WCC’s witness, amount to nothing more than false prophecy.