July, 9th 1997
Just these two last months,
We heard about Muslims in Jerusalem taking a room from the Orthodox
Church in the Holy Sepulcher.
We heard and/or some of us saw the anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab film worked by HBO "Path to Paradise.
We read on many American and Israeli Newspapers about Persecutions (Muslim, Christian, Jews or about fundamentalism
In few words they were accusing our Brothers and sisters the MUSLIMS!!
A lot of us tried to send Emails and chat about these things...
Then we had that thing in Hebron depicting the Founder of Islam, Prophet
Muhammad (SAL), as well an important figure for
Christians and Muslims, the Virgin Mary, with things that we did not like and we all have condemned.
Then the Holy Qoran was desecrated, then the question of the Orthodox
Church in Hebron, just look out these last two months
Headlines. And in every time the Israelis seem to help and try to intervene so as to put peace and/or sometimes the P.A are to be blamed, then the Muslim Palestinians are to be feared etc...etc.
AND EVERYBODY as always is speaking about it: SOMBODY is trying to PREPARE THE PUBLIC OPPINON FOR SOMETHING, when the main issue that we should look at was our RIGHTS in JERUSALEM, and that our People there were loosing their ID's, their homes and lands and what remains of their FUTURE...
Do you see, with me, that really someone intelligently is preparing something?
Please, try to look on your hearts. We Arab Christians and Muslims, we love each other.
We lived for centuries in Harmony everywhere. We built together our
national aspirations and countries: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine,
Muslims and Christian martyrs offered together their lives for the future of our sons and daughters in our home countries.
Muslims and Christians refuse and have refused fundamentalism that was nurished from outside...
Muslims and Christians want to live in peace with Jews, they have already lived in peace with them in the past; Muslims, Christians and Jews: in Egypt, Syria, Marocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestine before and after the creation of Israel.
Christian and Jews: in the West, Asia and the Americas.
We are all innocent of what Extremisms and Fundamentalism (religious
or as ideology) did in the past against Jews, Christians
and Muslims and what they are trying to do also today.
Please let us stop that SOMEONE for that SOMETHING that he is intelligently preparing.
We cannot accept to build that NEW COLD WAR AGINST ISLAM.
Muslims are our BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
Would we condemn all people for some fanatic individuals.
We should be fair in condemning then at the same time and in the same way the JEWISH and CHRISTIAN fundamentalism and name them the way they were labeling sometimes the Muslim fundamentalists: Terrorism.
Some Jewish and Christian fundamentalism are acting as terrorists as well.
Just look around you and read facts on the ground you will find it not only in the Holy Land but also in the USA and Europe.
We should stand with the TRUTH. And be fair.
Please stop feeding the Public Opinion with things that speak to that
SOMEONE who is trying to build in us hatred and
Violence, and build, instead of it, love, cooperation and sharing.
The Moderate Head of Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities in the Holy Land (They are the Majority there) are trying to build bridges. The Catholic, the Orthodox, some Protestant and some Christian Communities are trying to build trust.
Please, STAND against that COLD WAR against our Brothers and Sisters the MUSLIMS. Stand with the TRUTH.
Fr. Labib Kobti Al-Bushra:http://www.al-bushra