January 21, 2002
In the name of God who is Almighty, Merciful and Compassionate, we, who have gathered as religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, pray for true peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and declare our commitment to ending the violence and bloodshed that denies the right of life and dignity.
According to our faith traditions, killing innocent in the name of God is a desecration of His Holy Name, and defames religion in the world. The violence in the Holy Land is an evil which must be opposed by all people of good faith. We seek to live together as neighbors respecting the integrity of each others historical and religious inheritance. We call upon all to oppose incitement, hatred and misrepresentation of the other.
1. The Holy Land is holy to all three of our faiths. Therefore, followers of the divine religions must respect its sanctity, and bloodshed must not be allowed to pollute it. The sanctity and integrity of the holy places must be preserved, and freedom of religious worship must be ensured for all.
2. Palestinians and Israelis must respect the divinely ordained purposes of the Creator by whose grace they live in the same land that is called holy.
3. We call on the political leaders of both peoples to work for a just, secure and durable solution in the spirit of the words of the Almighty and the Prophets.
4. As a first step now, we call for a religiously sanctioned cease-fire, respected and observed on all sides, and for the implementation of the Mitchell and Tenet recommendations, including the lifting of restrictions and return to negotiations.
5. We seek to help create an atmosphere where present and future generations will co-exist with mutual respect and trust in the other. We call on all to refrain from incitement and demonization, and to educate our future generations accordingly.
6. As religious leaders, we pledge ourselves to continue a joint quest for a just peace that leads to reconciliation in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, for the common good of all our peoples.
7. We announce the establishment of a permanent joint committee to carry out the recommendations of this declaration, and to engage with our respective political leadership accordingly.
His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey
His Eminence Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, Cairo, Egypt
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron
Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Rabbi Michael Melchior
Rabbi of Tekoa, Rabbi Menachem Froman
International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee, Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi of Savyon, Rabbi David Brodman
Rabbi of Maalot Dafna, Rabbi Yitzak Ralbag
Chief Justice of the Sharia Courts, Sheikh Taisir Tamimi
Minister of State for the PA, Sheikh Tal El Sider
Mufti of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Abdelsalam Abu Schkedem
Mufti of Bethlehm, Sheikh Mohammed Taweel
Representative of the Greek Patriarch, Archibishop Aristichos
Latin Patriarch, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah
Melkite Archbishop, Archbishop Boutrous Mualem
Representative of the Armenian Patriarch, Archbishop Chinchinian
Bishop of Jerusalem, The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El Assal