GENEVA (Dec. 11)
A Protestant church movement, the Schweiz Israel Shalom, has initiated a petition drive to collect signatures in favor of united Jerusalem and calling for the expulsion from Switzerland of the Palestine Liberation Organization delegate in ###.
The petition, which will be forwarded to the Swiss government, calls on Swiss authorities to recognize united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It also states that, given Switzerland’s neutrality, the illegal terrorist activities of the PLO cannot be condoned. “Thus we demand that the Swiss government expel without delay Daud Barakat, the PLO observer to the UN in Geneva, and that the PLO office in Geneva be closed,” the petition states.
Pastor Adolphe Hunziker, the spiritual leader of the Le Reveil church in Geneva, who distributed the petition to his congregation, said: “We do not have any illusions that our gesture will change things but it is the least we can do to show our support for Israel.” Hunziker and members of his congregation visit Israel annually.