The First Alexandria Declaration of the Religious Leaders of the Holy Land

 January 21, 2002 In the Name of God who is Almighty, Merciful and Compassionate, we, who have gathered as religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, pray for true peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and declare our commitment to ending the violence and bloodshed that denies the right to life and dignity.

 

According to our faith traditions, killing innocents in the name of God is a desecration of his Holy Name, and defames religion in the world. The violence in the Holy Land is an evil which must be opposed by all people of good faith. We seek to live together as neighbors, respecting the integrity of each other's historical and religious inheritance. We call upon all to oppose incitement, hatred and the misrepresentation of the other.

The Holy Land is Holy to all three of our faiths. Therefore, followers of the divine religions must respect its sanctity, and bloodshed must not be allowed to pollute it. The sanctity and integrity of the Holy Places must be preserved, and freedom of religious worship must be ensured for all.Palestinians and Israelis must respect the divinely ordained purposes of the Creator by whose grace they live in the same land that is called Holy.We call on the political leaders of both parties to work for a just, secure and durable solution in the spirit of the words of the Almighty and the Prophets.As a first step now, we call for a religiously sanctioned cease-fire, respected and observed on all sides, and for the implementation of the Mitchell and Tenet recommendations, including the lifting of restrictions and a return to negotiations.We seek to help create an atmosphere where present and future generations will co-exist with mutual respect and trust in the other. We call on all to refrain from incitement and demonization, and to educate our future generations accordingly.As religious leaders, we pledge ourselves to continue a joint quest for a just peace that leads to reconciliation in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, for the common good of all our peoples.We announce the establishment of a permanent joint committee to carry out the recommendations of this declaration, and to engage with our respective political leadership accordingly.

Delegates:

  • His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey
  • The Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi
  • The Sephardi Chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron
  • The Deputy Foreign Minister, Rabbi Michael Melchior
  • The Rabbi of Tekoa, Rabbi Menachem Fromen
  • Rabbi David Rosen, President of the WCRP
  • The Rabbi of Savyon, Rabbi David Brodman
  • Rabbi Yitzak Ralbag, Rabbi of Maalot Dafna
  • Chief Justice of the Sharia Courts, Sheikh Taisir Tamimi
  • Minister of State for the Palestinian Authority, Sheikh Talal El Sider
  • Mufti of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Abdulsalam Abu Schkedem
  • The Mufti of Bethlehem, Sheikh Taweel
  • Representative of the Greek Patriarch, Archbishop Aristarchos
  • The Latin Patriarch, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah
  • The Melkite Archbishop, Archbishop Boutrous Mu'alem
  • Representative of the Armenian Patriarch, Archbishop Chinchinian
  • The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El Assal

Actual Copy of the Signed declaration

Photograph of the signing ceremony

God Bless the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God - Matthew V

 

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