As Heads of Churches we are very much concerned for the well-being of our people who are now faced with even greater hardships if your countries persist in their decision to cut off the aid to the Palestinian People …
We greet you in the name of Peace and Justice from the Holy City of Jerusalem!
As Heads of Churches we are very much concerned for the well-being of our people who are now faced with even greater hardships if your countries persist in their decision to cut off the aid to the Palestinian People and isolate the newly-elected Palestinian Authority.
In God’s name we would urge you to re-consider your decision. After all, your own International Observers declared the elections to be conducted in a just and honest manner and the outcome the wish of the greater number of the Electorate – hopeful of gaining an improvement in their daily lives through a more accountable Authority.
More than this, we would ask that you seriously consider the potential for change which you might influence if you resolved to work with the Authority. Consultation has the possibility of encouraging efforts for good government and the abandonment of acts of terrorism; in the present volatile situation neglect of such an opportunity could lead to an even worse scenario.
We much appreciate the assistance given to Church Institutions – particularly schools and hospitals – where we are struggling to ensure their continuing work to some 25% of Palestinian society. However, we strongly oppose any attempt to set parallel funding mechanisms.
In conclusion, we would seek your support for our work as peacemakers and carers whilst pleading that you ensure that the demands of international law be upheld equally for Israel and the Palestinians. We condemn acts of violence and terrorism regardless of the perpetrators.
Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem