Issue 45, July 2005

Final Declaration
First World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace
Egmont Place, Brussels, January 6, 2005

We, leaders, representatives, Rabbis and Imams of Muslim and Jewish religious communities who have assembled from all over the world for the first world congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace affirm our commitment to strive to end all bloodshed and attacks against innocent human beings that offend the right to life and dignity given by the Almighty to all human beings.

We call upon all people to combat hate, ignorance and their causes and to build together a world of peace, rich in diversity, in which all faiths and their practices are respected and protected.

We call upon the political leaders of all peoples to work for righteous and peaceful durable solutions around the world and in particular in the Holy Land for the benefit of all peoples and faith-communities who live in the land and hold it dear.

We pledge ourselves to pursue a shared goal of respect for human rights for all people and peoples, without which no peace can be possible.

We call upon all religious leaders in Jewish and Muslim congregations around the world to devote regular sermons and addresses to their communities on the importance of inter-religious respect and reverence for all human life under all circumstances.

We announce the establishment of a permanent joint committee to help implement these commitments and propose programmatic initiatives on a regular basis, in keeping with the proposals presented during the congress and in its spirit for the wellbeing of all peoples.

The First World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, organized by the foundation Hommes de Parole, took place from the 3 to 6 January 2005 in Brussels, under the High Patronage of the Kings Albert II and Mohammed VI.

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