(OGA) In the name of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) we join our voices with people around the world in expressing our profound grief and deep distress over the killing and the injuring of people at Sarona Market in Tel Aviv on June 8th. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have been killed or injured in this most recent incident, and we stand with all who are working to bring an end to the patterns of violence that touch all those who live in the region.
We pray and work for a just and lasting peace in which all people in the Holy Land may live in freedom and without fear. To this end, we urge all parties to return to the negotiation table, working with renewed energy and determination to build two states in which there is self-determination and mutual respect. In the words of the Prophet Zechariah, (8:16–17)
“These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. …”
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with its more than 1.6 million members, has been involved in mission in the Middle East since 1828 and works both nationally and internationally with local churches, church organizations, and mission partners. We continue to offer the energies and resources of our own people in support of the vision of peace that we know is God’s will for all who suffer division and violence in the region.