Head of Christian Churches on Jerusalem

By Rev. Labib Kobti

The USA, who should help to resolve the problem could not press Israel to close the Tunnel after about a hundred death because of a tunnel! Will The USA be able to stop the buildings in East Jerusalem before any new wave of violence?

On September 29, 1996 The Patriarchs, Bishops, clergy and people of Jerusalem made a peaceful march to the Tunnel that Prime Minister Netanyaho opened. They wrote a statement that was sent world wide.

The USA, who should help to resolve the problem could not press Israel to close the Tunnel after about a hundred death because of a tunnel!

Will The USA be able to stop the buildings in East Jerusalem before any new wave of violence? Will the USA take in charge seriously its obligation as the main SPONSOR for peace between the Isaraelis and Palestinians and stop all kinds of violence. Building in East Jerusalem is violence against the fundamental rights of Palestinians, it is violence angainst the good will of many Jews, Christians and Muslims, against the International Community that condamned the building, it is against the will of USA who objected the buildings in differents ways despite voting veto on the UN.

We pray the USA govenment to stop all kind of violence. Confiscating lands and building on them is a real violence against fundamental Palestinian rights.

Please USA. help Jerusalem to stay a HOLY CITY and not a VIOLENT CITY.

In fact: In their Statement after a peaceful Walk in Jerusalem, on September 29, 1996 the Patriarchs, Bishops, Clergy and People of the Christian Churches of Jerusalem underlined very important issues, please read the Statement, it was sent world wide you can find it at http://www.al-bushra.org under the webpage Christian Head Churches. It will help you to understand the will of those who wrote it for Justice and comprehensive peace in the Holy Land:

what the statement said needs to be repeated:

1- The Statement calls for: JERUSALEM FIRST. "JERUSALEM IS NOW A PRIORITY. IT IS THE HEART OF CONFLICT AND THE KEY TO PEACE...If Israel maintains an exclusive sovereignty over the city, and continues its "Judaization", Jerusalem will never be the city of Peace. Any peace imposed by the iron first will remain a fake and temporary peace. Jews will never feel secure and Palestinians will never submit to it. We therefore insist on an open Jerusalem, the capital for two states; a city that will be a model for the peaceful coexistence between two peoples, Palestinian and Israelis. Thus, Jerusalem will become a genuine symbole of authentic brotherhood and tolerance between the three faiths: Islam, Judaism and Christianity" We do not understand then, why Israel, is afaid of peace. We do not understand why Israel is looking for the needed security, and do not want the same security for the Palestinians. We do not understand why Jerusalem as capital for Palestine as well Capital of Israel is

2- The Statment of September 29, quoted a verse from Prophet Isaiah 32:17. This prophet is the prophet of the Jews, Christians and Muslims. He said "The effect of Justice will be peace and the result of justice, quietness and security forever".

3- The Statement shows that Israel is not a real democratic country. The USA repeats always this slogan: "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East". "A just and democratic government does not violate the religious sensibility of others", says the Statement.

Please, USA, help Israel, help the Palestinains, help justice and peace for Jerusalem. Please

Rev. Labib Kobti