Friday, October 06, 2006

Middle East Task Force Report for October

The Middle East Task Force (METF) of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) of Ann Arbor, MI, met at its regular time and place last Tuesday. There were twelve members in attendance. The Task Force adopted its fourth statement to the ICPJ Steering Committee and reaffirmed its September endorsement of the "The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism"--a statement by the Patriarch and local heads of churches in Jerusalem--with the recommendation that the Steering Committee (SC) of the ICPJ do likewise and publicize the statement among its members, the local faith community, and the media.

The METF also reaffirmed its September endorsement of the following resolution proposed for adoption by the SC:
Taking note of the Israeli government's recent decision to further expand its illegal settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice reaffirms its March 14, 2006, "Resolution On Withdrawal Of All Settlers From Israel’s Illegal Ma’ale Adumim Colony" and directs ICPJ staff to publicize the resolution among ICPJ members, the local faith community, and the media and to transmit copies of it to our local, state, and federal elected officials.
The METF decided to reaffirm its September actions because the matters were not brought to the SC at it September meeting as was requested by the METF.

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