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“Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell.[a] Be restored; listen to my appeal;[b] agree with one another; live in peace;

and the God of love and peace will be with you.”

  – 2 Corinthians 13:11, NRSVUE


Washington, D.C., March 26, 2024— The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) applauds the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for its 14-0 vote on Monday in favor of calling for an unconditional release of all hostages and an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. This is a critical step towards ending a horrific war that has claimed more than 1,200 Israeli lives and more than 32,000 Palestinian lives since the terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7, 2023. NCC maintains its position of calling for a permanent ceasefire, the release of all hostages, and unhindered humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

This resolution passed after the United States abstained from exercising a veto, a notable contrast from its decisions to veto previous ceasefire resolutions.

“During Holy Week, which is an opportunity for reflection, community, and prayer—we will continue to amplify the call for our global family to reflect and lament over the tragedy and lives lost during this ongoing war in Gaza. It is also the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and we join the global community in praying for all who are suffering and grieving, and prioritize holding our leaders accountable for a permanent ceasefire that will end this egregious carnage and uphold peace, justice, compassion, and unity,” stated NCC President and General Secretary Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. 

NCC welcomes the progress made through the UNSC ceasefire resolution but will continue to advocate for a resolution in the Israel-Hamas war that seeks and maintains permanent peace.