Friday, February 18, 2011

ELCA Head Rips US Veto in UN Security Council; Veto Allows Israel to Build Housing in Palestine

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) website reports that the Rev. Mark Hanson -- presiding bishop of the ELCA -- said he is "dismayed" that the US government today (February 18, 2011) vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that called on Israel to stop illegal construction of settlements on Palestinian land.

The US veto, in effect, killed the resolution, which had the backing of 14 other members of the UN Security Council.

"I now am concerned that this action will increase a despondent mood about the future of such talks and will possibly strengthen extremist voices in the region who call for a less peaceful resolution of these issues," Hanson said in a statement issued shortly after today's vote.

Earlier this month, Hanson and 12 leaders of Christian churches and organizations wrote to President Barack Obama, urging his administration to support the UN Security Council resolution. Their appeal obviously had little or no impact on the Obama Administration.

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