“Let us work together to replace despair with HOPE, fear with human SECURITY and humiliation with DIGNITY”

Appeal for a Just and lasting Peace in the Holy Land

Following the recent painful events in Gaza, His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of the Latin Church in Jerusalem, His Eminence Bishop Riah Abo El Assal, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem,  His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, and His Eminence Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, Former Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and Honorary President of the Middle East Council of Churches, issued an appeal for a Just and lasting Peace in the Holy Land, which you can find below its full text.

As fellow Shepherds we add our voices to those of our Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches of Jerusalem.

 We care deeply for every human life, whether [Israeli] or Palestinian, created in the image and likeness of God. We weep for all victims and offer our deepest condolences to all who have been bereaved or injured.

 In less than two weeks tragically more than 1,500 [Israelis] and 3,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 1,000 children, as well as medical and UN personnel and journalists. We condemn unequivocally the indiscriminate killing of all civilians both [Israelis] and Palestinians.

 We equally condemn the blockade against humanitarian supplies, the impeding of medical services, and the denial of water, food and shelter to two million displaced people in Gaza. This is collective punishment, which, together with the targeting of civilians, are war crimes in international law and the perpetrators must be held accountable.

 Hundreds of families sought refuge in the Ahli Anglican Hospital in Gaza. Instead of protection and safety, hundreds have been killed and many more injured. It is the biggest loss of life in Gaza since 2007. And yet according to the World Health Organization there have been over 115 attacks on healthcare facilities by [Israel] in Gaza in the last two weeks.

              What is happening in Gaza and the Palestinian Territories is not a military operation but a full-scale assault against the Palestinian people. There is no justification for yet another Nakba. We appeal to the UN and international community and those who consider themselves friends of [Israel] and Palestine, to use your influence to stop the ethnic cleansing, implement the rule of international law and uphold the fundamental human rights of Palestinians as well as [Israelis], to live as equals with justice, dignity and security in their historic lands.

We ask God to open hearts and minds, so that we see the humanity in one another. Let us all be taught by God Almighty that justice, peace, and reconciliation are his perfect will for all then indeed God’s land may indeed become a holy land, in which all will praise God and live in harmony with one another.

 “God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)



2023-10-24T18:00:55+00:00 October 24th, 2023|Categories: News|