Christian Leaders Say Yes to Palestine U.N. Membership

International Law, Basic Fairness at Stake, Say PC(USA)’s Parsons, Others

Presbyterian News Service, LOUISVILLE

Leaders of four denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons, have issued a statement backing the Palestinian Authority’s bid for membership in the United Nations.

U.N. membership for the Palestinians is deserved, the four leaders say, “not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness … but to preserve a multi-religious holy land that includes Christian Palestinians.

In addition to Parsons, the statement was signed by the Rev. Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Jim Winkler of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.

Read the full text of the statement, given to Presbyterian News Service on Oct. 24

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