Remember the value of human life
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center statement

March 12, 2002

In the context of the rapid escalation of conflict in Palestine and Israel, we at the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center remember the call of the prophet Micah to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. In the spirit of this call, we ask the global community to raise one voice together:
  • To intervene and bring to an end the present deadly cycle of violence: the current Israeli invasion of the refugee camps and the terror it has created including the killing of Palestinian medical workers, the continuing bombardment of civilian areas under the Palestinian Authority by the Israeli forces, and the killing of civilians on both sides

  • To protest Israel's brutal policy against the Palestinian people: the prolonged siege, collective punishment and humiliation of the whole population
  • To support the protests against the Occupation voiced by Palestinians and those Israelis who stand for a just peace

  • To lift up in prayer the multitude of non-violent methods that people are using to resist

  • To request once again for international protection for the Palestinian people

  • To pray for the victims of violence, the wounded, and all of their families on both sides of the conflict

  • To call on all the leaders of the region to come to the table with real offers for a just peace -- to implement the United Nations Resolutions 242, 194, and 338 and other related UN resolutions immediately

  • To call for an end of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories The Palestinian people are struggling for freedom and independence. Occupation is the source of this conflict. Until it ends, more suffering will take place. We appeal to the global community to bring about a just resolution to this long-standing conflict by enforcing the implementation of the UN resolutions and the Geneva Conventions.

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