Religious Leaders for Inernational Law and UN resolutions on the Palestinain-Israeli Conflict
April 23, 2001
Worked by Fr. labib Kobti
I update it everytime I find a new statement

A STUDY on the Christian involvement for Justice in the Holy Land and the failure of the US Administration to respect International LAW and the UN resolutions. (I chose these from many other statements that you can find on the  above mentioned URLs)

I am sure that the Jewish and Muslim Leaders have said the same and somebody can help us to have a study.


1) On April 26,1989, during the Holy Week for the Oriental Christians, the Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem published a common statement on the present situation in the Territories occupied by Israel, a situation deteriorating steadily since the beginning of the Palestinian uprising (the FIRST INTIFADA). They stated: In Jerusalem, on the West Bank and in Gaza our people experience in their daily lives: constant deprivation of their fundamental rights' because of arbitrary actions deliberately taken by the authorities. Our people are often subjected to unprovoked harassment and hardship.

2) March 5, 1995, Eight US Christian leaders, including Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, responding to the MEMORANDUM OF THEIR BEATITUDES THE PATRIARCHS AND OF THE HEADS OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN JERUSALEM ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JERUSALEM FOR CHRISTIANS on November 14, 1994, asked President Clinton in a March 6 letter to take action to place Jerusalem's future higher on the US government's agenda. They said:

We are concerned: That the administration is backing away from long-term US policy that East Jerusalem is subject to UN Security
Council Resolution 242 regarding territories occupied by Israeli armed forces in 1967.

-That the administration is failing to recognize and support Palestinian rights and interests in Jerusalem.

-That the administration is not using its considerable influence to halt Israeli construction in East Jerusalem and continuing
expansion into Palestinian areas.

3) Jerusalem, Considerations of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, Vatican, May 1996 stated that: "The holy see's attitude with regard to the territorial situation of Jerusalem is necessarily the same as that of the international
community. The latter could be summarized as follows: the part of the city militarily occupied in 1967 and annexed and declared the capital of the state of Israel, is occupied territory, and all Israeli measures which exceed the power of a belligerent occupant under international law are therefore null and void.

4) Interreligious Dialogue Message on Jerusalem: City of Peace? Aug. 25-29, 1996 in Salonika, Greece, cosponsored by the Pontifical Council for Inter religious Dialogue and the Vatican's Commission mission for Religious Relations With the Jews, the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation.
About 40 experts participated, most from Israel or Palestine stated: We urge the government of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority to regain the monumentum toward peace according to UN Resolution 242 and 338, the Declaration of Principles in 1993 and subsequent agreements in order that our peoples
may enjoy their national and human rights as God meant it to be.

5) Statement From the Counsel of the Catholic Patriarchs of Orient General Secretary Delivered on October 18, 1996 stated: "We appeal to the local and international authorities to alleviate the suffering on daily living of the Palestinian people...

6) RELIGIOUS LEADERS URGE PRESIDENT CLINTON TO SUPPORT PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS, January 26, 1999. Over 900 clergy, including over 130 Protestant and Catholic bishops sent a petition that calls on President Clinton to “publicly urge Israel and the Palestinian Authority to abide by international law and human rights conventions”.

7) STANDING CONFERENCE OF MIDDLE Eastern CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN AMERICA, September 23, 1999 stated: "We would like to make it clear that any attempt to settle the Palestinians in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon or Jordan, denying them the right to return home is a flagrant violation of UN Resolution 194, the Geneva Convention of 1949, the Tae'f Agreement of 1989, the stated policy of all Arab -countries and the international community.  It is inconceivable that millions of Jews from all over the world can settle in Palestine while the indigenous people of Palestine (the Palestinians) are denied their inalienable right return to their land."

8) Pope in Bethlehem: March 2001 “The Holy See has always recognized  that the Palestinian people have the natural right to a homeland, and the right to live in peace and tranquillity with the other peoples of this area.
In the international forum, my predecessors and I have repeatedly proclaimed that there would be no end to the sad conflict in the Holy Land without  stable guarantees for the rights of all the peoples involved, on the basis of  international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions and declarations.”

9) September 6, 2000, Head of Christian Churches in Jerusalem sent a letter to President Clinton stating: "We must emphasize that international law relevant to Jerusalem in United Nations resolutions and the Fourth Geneva Convention cannot be cast aside and is not negated by the Oslo Accords. Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem is illegal according to international law.."

10) Call of Religious Leaders October 10, 2000, it states: "The right of ALL of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and their homeland; or to receive fair current market rate compensation and/or restitution  for their properties as called for in numerous UN resolutions and other legal international documents and decisions be honored by the international community."

11) Returning to the Path of Peace in the Middle East US Catholic Conference November 15, 2000 recall that: "A just peace demands speedy implementation of relevant UN resolutions and other provisions of international law," are important.

12) Novemeber 22, 2000, A resolution was passed at the General Assembly of the NCC meeting in Atlanta stated: "...Be it resolved, that the General Assembly calls upon the President of the United States of America to continue the U.S. efforts to mediate and convene meetings of the parties and that he, along with the United Nations, be encouraged to work towards a just and lasting peace in the Middle East."

13) In a Statement by the Anglican Church of Jerusalem, received on April 5th 2001, Bishop Riah Abu Al Assal wrote:
"I was invited to and attended the Summit of the Arab League in Amman. The discussions and resolutions were very clear and positive. The basis for stability and security in the area, for all concerned, lies in the full implementation of the United Nations Resolutions regarding the plight of the Palestinian people, 242, 338, and 194. Israel must comply with the international Resolutions; the way Iraq was pressured. As we returned from the Summit, I was greatly disappointed at the deterioration of the
situation here in our Land. Added to our frustration, came the American veto of the United Nations Observer Forces, and their active plans to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is an act that shows complete disregard of the unilateral actions of Israel, in annexing large segments of the Eastern part of Jerusalem."

14) Pope John Paul II 18 April 2001, as he appealed for peace in the Middle East
“As the light of the risen Christ illumines the whole universe, we can only express solidarity with all our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have been caught in a maelstrom of armed violence and retaliation.
The roar of weapons must give way to the voice of reason and conscience:  sincere concern for the legitimate aspirations of all peoples and the scrupulous observance of international law are the only way to bring the parties back to the negotiating table and to mark out a path of brotherhood for those peoples.”

15) US  Ecumenical 10-person delegation sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Commission at the National Cathedral  April 23, 2001   "... We maintain that a fundamental cause of the violence is the illegal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the expansion of settlements in that area. This occupation and settlement construction are in violation of the Geneva accords and U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, both of which have been agreed to by the United States Government..." Full text is at:

16) Churches for Middle East Peace to Collin powel on June 7, 2001 "or over twenty years our churches have appealed to the U.S. government to require Israel to cease this transfer of its civilian population into occupied territory, a clear violation of international law and United Nations resolutions.  Each administration has spoken in opposition to the settlement activity, only to watch the settlements increase and expand as Israel ignores the advice.
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17) US Catholic bishops on June 15, 2001: According to the Bishops, the elements necessary for a just and lasting peace in the region include "real security for the state of Israel, a viable Palestinian state, just resolution of the refugee situation, an agreement on Jerusalem which protects religious freedom and other basic rights, an equitable sharing of resources, and implementation of relevant United Nations resolutions and other provisions of international law." Full article

18) World Council of Churches August 10, 2001 Deal with root causes of Middle East violence, says ecumenical leader .The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Dr Konrad Raiser, has described continued
Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory as a "clear violation  of international law".
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