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Lutheran statement regarding the SEPARATION WALL
http://www.lutheranworld.org/News/LWI/EN/1406.EN.html (copied Feb 28, 2004)Break Down the Walls
The Lutheran World Federation
Lutheran World Information
LWF Executive Committee Calls for Peace and Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine
LWF Governing Body Issues Statement against Separation Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
GENEVA, 23 February 2004 (LWI) - “Break Down the Walls” is the title of a statement adopted February 22 by the Executive Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) protesting against the construction of the separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
At its February 21-23 meeting here, the 13-member committee reiterated the LWF’s conviction “that peace and security for all the people of Israel-Palestine can only be found through dialogue, mutual understanding and the restoration of broken relationships.”
The committee members condemned indiscriminate acts of violence that target civilians, and emphasized that “all of the people of Israel-Palestine have a right to be protected from such indiscriminate violence and collective attacks and punishments.” At the same time, however, they stressed that the wall “cannot create the peace that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve,” describing it is an obstacle to dialogue, mutual understanding and a just peace.
The committee also drew attention to the fact that the construction of the separation wall is worsening “the already intolerable situation that is forcing the exodus of Palestinian Christians." In this respect, its members expressed their fear “of the imminent extinction of the indigenous Christian church in the Holy Land.”
They quoted LWF Executive Committee member Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (ELCJ) and LWF vice-president for the Asia region, who said, “we need to find ways to bring about more communication, not less; more face-to-face encounters, not less; more avenues to peace and reconciliation, not less.” The ELCJ has congregations in Israel, Jordan and Palestine.
The Executive Committee is made up of the LWF President, five Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and chairpersons of the seven Program Committees. It oversees the proper functioning of the LWF between meetings of the Council, and acts as the LWF Board of Trustees and Personnel Committee. The current committee was appointed at the July 2003 LWF Council meeting in Winnipeg, Canada. It is chaired by LWF President Bishop Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The committee normally meets twice a year. (368 words)
The full text of the statement by the LWF Executive Committee follows:
Statement of the LWF Executive Committee on the construction of the separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
The Executive Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21-23 February 2004, joins the chorus of concern expressed by churches and ecumenical organizations around the world regarding the construction of the separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem. In particular, we endorse and affirm the statements of the heads of churches in Jerusalem on this topic.
The LWF unreservedly condemns indiscriminate acts of violence targeting civilians. Our prayers are with the victims of all such crimes, and with their families. All of the people of Israel-Palestine have a right to be protected from such indiscriminate violence and collective attacks and punishments.
We reiterate the conviction, often expressed by the LWF, that peace and security for all the people of Israel-Palestine can only be found through dialogue, mutual understanding and the restoration of broken relationships. Israelis and Palestinians live and must continue to live side-by-side on a small piece of land, holy to three of the world’s major faiths. Ultimately, a way must be found for all of the children of Abraham to share this heritage in peace and with justice. The separation wall represents a denial of this self-evident fact and a rejection of this inevitable responsibility.
The wall cannot create the peace that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve, and that we desire and pray for. On the contrary, history demonstrates that such efforts to divide people with physical barriers only promote the deepening of enemy images, mutual demonization, and extremism. As Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jerusalem has said, “we need to find ways to bring about more communication, not less; more face-to-face encounters, not less; more avenues to peace and reconciliation, not less.”
The separation wall in Israel-Palestine is an obstacle to dialogue and mutual understanding. It is an obstacle to a just peace. It violates applicable principles of international humanitarian and human rights law. Since the course of the wall runs well inside the West Bank, it constitutes a further unilateral and illegal annexation of territory. Its construction entails the destruction of yet more Palestinian homes and olive groves, and separates Palestinians from each other and from their farmlands, water resources and health and other essential services. It results in a worsening of the already intolerable situation that is forcing the exodus of Palestinian Christians, and heightens our fear of the imminent extinction of the indigenous Christian church in the Holy Land. The course of the wall is drawn so as to encompass the locations of over half of the settler population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and further entrenches those settlements. The wall and the settlements it protects create new facts on the ground which will prevent the establishment of a viable contiguous Palestinian state as part of the accepted two-state solution.
We call for an end to both the construction of the wall and to the creation and support of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Both must be removed from the landscape of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, if a just peace is to be genuinely pursued. The LWF continues to work and pray for a future in which Israeli and Palestinian children can live together in peace and can share a future in the land that all call ‘holy’.
The God that we proclaim and serve is a God of relationships and reconciliation, who works to break down barriers created by human beings, to reconcile and to make peace. We echo the words of His Holiness Pope John Paul II in declaring that what the Holy Land needs today is bridges, not walls. We pray that God will break through the dividing wall being constructed on the land of God’s gift, and through the walls of hostility that rise ever higher in the minds of the peoples that now inhabit it. “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14).
Adopted on 22 February 2004
The Lutheran World Federation
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STATEMENT regarding the SEPARATION WALL
by THE PATRIARCHS AND HEADS OF CHURCHES IN Jerusalem
Jerusalem 26th August, 2003
We, the heads of churches in Jerusalem affirm our determination to do all in our power to work for Peace in this Holy Land, a Peace that is concerned with the well-being of every resident of this land, be they Israeli or Palestinian, to give the security, justice, freedom, independence and personal dignity.
Let no one doubt our abhorrence of violence, whoever the perpetrator. Peace will only be established when all violence, is eradicated from both sides. If the present road Map for Peace is to bring positive results, we believe the Separation Wall constitutes a grave obstacle. For both nations the Wall will result in a feeling of isolation. Moreover, for many Palestinians it means the deprivation of land, (some 10% more than that of the Occupation in 1967), livelihood, statehood and family life. Occupation remains the root cause of the conflict and of the continuing suffering in the Holy Land.
Take for example the proposed Separation Wall around Bethlehem, for us Christians, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace. The consequences will be devastating to the Christian Community; not least, the psychological impact on daily life. The community will be isolated following the deprivation of access to land and the freedom of movement. Visits of pilgrims will be further discouraged.
We appeal to both authorities -Israeli and Palestinian - and to all Peace loving peoples around the world, who should make urgent contact with their leaders, both Political and Religious, in an effort to remove this impediment to a comprehensive and lasting peace.
Patriarch Michal Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Patriarch Torkom II, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
FR. Giovanni Battistalli, OFM, Custos of the Holy Land
Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem
Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem
Abba Cuostos, Ethiopian Orthodox Archbishop of Jerusalem
Riah Abu El-Assal, Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
Munib A. Younan, Lutheran Evangelical Bishop of Jerusalem
Archimandrite Mtanious Haddad, Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarch. Jerusalem
Butros Malki, Syrian Catholic Bishop in Jerusalem
THE PATRIARCHS AND HEADS OF CHURCHES IN Jerusalem
Preacher Doc here comments:
We Christians have more, or at least as much, rights to that "Holy Land" as
any Other Religion !
Brother Dave here comments:
Many Trumpets of Truth are blowing worldwide to bring down that wall, and for all to learn to walk in peace with all Persons. This is God's will. Otherwise, the nation of Israel will continue to decay, as seen worldwide, into merely an "israWall - all secular and isolated - without God".
Also, "All land on earth belongs to God"; we are merely brief sojourners here to learn, under Jesus, to love and serve all Persons, without favor, and in equality, fairness and justice, as He would certainly do !
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