srael bears the burden of responsibility for the present crisis in the Middle East, the World Council of Churches has announced, following a meeting of its Executive Committee in Geneva from May 16-19.
The Christian Left's leading ecumenical organization stated Israel's actions towards the Palestinians "cannot be justified morally, legally or even politically."
The failure "to comply with international law" had "pushed the situation on the ground to a point of no return," they concluded.
Amnesty International, meanwhile, blasts Israel's security fence and repeats the cycle-of-violence meme.
srael continued to build a "separation wall/fence" in occupied Palestinian land, restrict Palestinian movement in the West Bank which contributed to high unemployment and poverty, and conducted unlawful attacks routinely using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators, Amnesty International charged in its annual report for 2006 released Tuesday.
The report also referred to Palestinian suicide bombings, shootings and mortar attacks "that were part of a pattern of war crimes and crimes against humanity" perpetrated by both sides.