Kairos Palestine: The Iona Call 2012
We, a group of Christians from many parts of the UK and
beyond, gathered on the Isle of Iona in Pentecost week
2012. Under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek and Dr.
Mark Braverman we considered our response to the Kairos
Palestine document: “A Moment of Truth – a word of faith,
hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering”
This is our kairos moment – our moment of truth. We are
called to respond boldly to the deepening suffering of our
sisters and brothers in Palestine under occupation by Israel.
We stand in faithfulness and solidarity with Palestinians and
Israelis who are working tirelessly for a peace based on
We believe it is necessary to challenge the deafening silence
of most churches in the face of the continuing injustice of
dispossession and denial of basic human and political rights.
We agree with the Kairos document that the occupation by
Israel is “an evil and a sin.” (Kairos Palestine 4.2.1).
We ask our churches and theological institutions to
challenge how the Bible has been used to justify
oppression and injustice. We encourage the
development and use of educational resources to raise
awareness, enrich worship and challenge
misperceptions and apathy.
Palestinian Christians have called us to “come and
see” (ibid 6.2). We urge Christians to participate only in
those pilgrimages which give opportunity to listen to
the experiences of Palestinians and engage with the
harsh realities of occupation.
We support Palestinians in their non-violent resistance
to Israeli injustice and oppression. We endorse their
call for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS)
and other forms of non-violent direct action.
We call on Christians to put pressure on governments
and the European Union to demonstrate a commitment
to justice for Palestinians and security for all people.
In pursuit of the above we intend to establish a UK Kairos
network, linked to the Kairos Palestine global movement, to
alert our churches to the urgent situation in Palestine. We
challenge Christians and churches to engage in prayerful
study of the Kairos Palestine document in openness to what
the spirit is now saying to the churches (Rev. 2.7). We must
read the signs of the times and act in obedience to God’s will
Difficult though this journey may be, we seize this kairos
moment with conviction and hope. We recognise our
responsibility as followers of Jesus Christ to speak the
prophetic word with courage.
We are called to respond to the question from Palestinian
“Are you able to help us get our freedom back, for this is the
only way you can help the two peoples attain justice, peace,
security and love?” (Kairos Palestine 6.1).