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World Council of Churches Declares Palestine, Israel Peace Week

 The World Council of Churches will mark “World Week for Peace in Palestine, Israel” from June 4-10. Pro-Israel critics of the effort argue that while the goal of the week is to “pray, educate and advocate for peace,” virtually all of the efforts center on criticism of Israeli policies. Describing the event, the council’s website “calls participants to seek justice for Palestinians so that both Israelis and Palestinians can finally live in peace,” wording critics say omits half of the conflict. A participating church in Edinburgh, Scotland, will require attendees to walk around a replica of Israel’s security barrier before entering. Efforts in Israel and the Palestinian areas will center on protests at checkpoints, refugee camps and Jewish communities in post-1967 territories. At least 20 nations will be represented in the World Council activities.