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

A Message of Men and Women Religious in the Holy Land to the Political Leadership in Israel and Pale

It is our love for this Land and its two peoples that motivates us, men and women religious of the Holy Land, Arabic and Hebrew speakers as well as expatriates, to humbly address this letter to you. We live within the local Christian community that has been in this Land since the beginnings of Christianity. With all our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, we seek to follow the path of non-violence that He has taught us. Together, we keep alive the hope that light will indeed triumph over darkness

Pray for peace in Jerusalem ” (Ps 122,6)

It is our love for this Land and its two peoples that motivates us, men and women religious of the Holy Land, Arabic and Hebrew speakers as well as expatriates, to humbly address this letter to you. We live within the local Christian community that has been in this Land since the beginnings of Christianity. With all our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, we seek to follow the path of non-violence that He has taught us. Together, we keep alive the hope that light will indeed triumph over darkness.

We love the Jewish people, their millenia-long history and their monotheistic faith. It is they who have given us the Bible and with it the firm conviction regarding the unique dignity of each and every human person, created in the image of God. We totally reject every form of anti-Semitism.

We love our Muslim brothers and sisters, who worship the One, Almighty and Merciful God and refer regularly to Abraham, our father in faith. Together we work to build up respectful dialogue with all the children of Abraham.

Concretely, we give expression to our love for the two peoples of this Land and our solidarity with the local Churches through our social, medical, educational and charitable institutions. We wish to constitute a bridge between the two peoples in order to promote justice, peace and reconciliation. Constant prayer for peace and the well-being of all occupies a central place in our religious vocation.

Due to the ancient and strong ties that link these two peoples to the same Land, we see no other solution than sharing and collaboration. For love of Israel and for love of Palestine, we join our voices to those of the entire world, crying out: Stop this war! This is a cry of the love that drives us. Violence will not halt violence. Only peace can give security to all.

There is no peace without justice; there is no reconciliation without mutual forgiveness. H.H. Pope John Paul II has reminded us of that in his message for the World Peace Day, at the beginning of this year. The terrible sufferings that have afflicted this Land and all its inhabitants remind us of the urgency to build peace together. Relying on Scripture, we know that the suffering of the Servant will bring healing for the whole world (Is 53,5).

We pray that the prophecy of Isaiah will be realized, that nations will no longer lift up the sword against each other and that they will no longer practise the art of war. House of Jacob, come, let us go in the light of the Lord (Is 2,5).
Respectfully,
Men and Women Religious of the Holy Land
Friday, April 26, 2002

 

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