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March 24, 2011

PC(USA) Stated Clerk Condemns Jerusalem Bombing

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Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church(USA)

Mainline churches remained silent about the massacre of two adults and three children in Itamar, but at least one mainline church -- the PC(USA) -- has condemned yesterday's attack in Jerusalem, which killed one person and injured more than 30 others. The statement, issued late yesterday by Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reads as follows:

We have received word today of the detonation of a bomb near a bus stop in the city of Jerusalem. At least one death and numerous serious injuries are being reported.

We condemn this act of violence and the hatred out of which such acts spring.

On behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we call all people of good will to pray for those who have been victimized by this deadly act, and we renew our petitions to God to help us find a way to facilitate a future of peace in the region.

We recognize that this is not an isolated incident, but reflects the culture of violence that has troubled relationships between Palestinians and Israelis for so long. We urge swift action to identify and punish the perpetrators of this heinous act. We also urge all parties to refrain from using this incident to further escalate the cycle of violence and repression affecting both Israelis and Palestinians.

Every such incident reminds us all of the urgency of the quest to find common ground on which peace can be built.

The shopworn reference to the "cycle of violence" and the failure to mention exactly who is responsible for the incitement that generates and justifies violence against Israeli civilians is troubling. Still, the condemnation indicates that the attack has attracted the attention of people within the PC(USA). It did not go by the boards altogether.

Posted by dvz at March 24, 2011 10:16 AM


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