Reported by Reuters, Christian leaders in Jerusalem called for a cease-fire and an end to the bloodshed in Gaza.
From the Reuters story:
In a joint statement issued by the Vatican, patriarchs, bishops and heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem also pressed all parties to chose non-violent methods to resolve their disputes.
“We also call on the international community to fulfil its responsibilities and intervene immediately and actively to stop the bloodshed and end all forms of confrontation,” they said.
Signatories included the Catholic “Custos of the Holy Land,” who oversee major Christian pilgrimage sites, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch and a bishop from the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
“We believe that the continuation of this bloodshed and violence will not lead to peace and justice but breed more hatred and hostility — and thus continued confrontation between the two peoples,” they wrote.
Yesterday in Dearborn, over 1,000 people of diverse backgrounds, Muslims, Jews and Christians, Arabs and non-Arabs, protested the violence in Palestine and Israel and called for a ceasefire.
Let me be clear that the protest was not in favor of Hamas. Their firing of rockets, be they homemade rockets to Kaytusha & Qassam rockets, is not acceptable nor wise. However, the Israeli response has been disproportionate and is accelerating the suffering of Gazan civilians, who have been living in conditions much worse than inmates in US prisons. Children are dying, and people are starving.
Yesterday at the Dearborn rally, I urged those in attendance to contact their Federal elected officials immediately to ask them to call for a ceasefire.
Click here to listen.