Palestine-Israel: Former PC International President H.B. Michel Sabbah joins the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries to call on people of the Holy Land to build bridges of respect and love
28/5/19 - H.B. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem and Former President of Pax Christi International, has signed onto the statement, "Righteousness and Peace will embrace each other" from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land. The statement begins:
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will embrace each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.” (Psalm 85:8-11)
The recent developments in the Palestine-Israel context, the ongoing loss of lives, the continuing evaporation of hope for a durable solution, and the failure of the international community to insist on the application of international law to save the peoples of this land from more struggle and despair, have reached a point where we witness more extremism and discrimination. Even those who once presented themselves as guardians of democracy and promoters of peace, have become power-brokers and partisan participants in the conflict.
This has led many to question whether international diplomacy and the peace process were ever actually based on justice and good will. Many in Palestine and in Israel feel that since the launch of the peace process, their lives have become more and more unbearable. Many have left, many more consider leaving and some are resorting to violence. Some die quietly and others are losing faith and hope...