First Day of the conference: Thursday 19 September 2013
Friday 20 September 2013
Saturday 21 September 2013
First Day of the conference: Thursday
19 September 2013
Tens of personalities and families from Galilee and the Triangle as
well as many other academicians, religious figures, politicizations,
educators , social workers from the Bethlehem and Jerusalem areas
attended this conference which was reported in Friday’s front page
of Al-Quds daily paper.
Dr. Geries S. Khoury, Director of Al-Liqa’, opened the proceedings
with some comments focusing on the dire need for national unity and
the West Bank and Gaza. He added his observation as well as about
the many works that the Center is undergoing including work’s with
other NGO’s like the Sabeel Center. He spoke about the present
situation in Arab countries in general and on Arab Christians in
particular in light of the upheavals of 2010 – 2013.
The proceedings began with a panel on points of view concerning the
concept of the state from a religious points of view by Dr. ‘Abd
Al-Rahman ‘Abbad and from a civil point of view by Dr. Walid
Mustafa. This session was moderated by Mr. Elias Makhoul from
Galilee who also commented on the concept of the state.
Following dinner, the conferees attended a literary evening to
eulogize the absent and the present, Dr. Jamal Qa’war of Galilee,
who was one of al-Liqa friends and participated in many sessions of
Al-Liqa Christian –Muslim yearly Conference.
Second day: Friday 20 September
Following breakfast, attorney ‘Ali Rafe’ of Galilee offered an
Islamic invocation and contemplation.
The proceedings of the day began with a panel on several points of
view of the future state. An Islamic point of view was presented by
Sheikh Jamil Hamameh; a Christian point of view was presented by
Rev. Dr. Rafiq Khoury and the nationalist view was given by Dr.
Mahdi ‘Abd Al-Hadi. Dr. Lu’ay Zu’ul moderated the panel and added
some comments as well.
Following a Friday Prayer and lunch breaks, Prof. Thiab ‘Ayyoush
lectured on the relation of religion and politics from an Islamic
point of view comparing in the process these relations in the West.
Mr. Mousa Darwish moderated this lecture.
Following a short coffee break, Attorney Dr. Ibrahim Sha’ban gave a
lecture which focused on his view of a one state or two states to
solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. Ms. Ta’yeed Al-Dab’i moderated this
This lecture was followed with a panel focusing on the dangers of a
Jewish State and the stand of international legitimacy from it.
Panelists included Prof. ‘Aziz Haidar, Dr. ‘Abdallah Abu ‘Eid and
Attorney Jawad Bulos. Moderator of the panel was Ziyad Shleweit of
The day was concluded with a dinner for conferees.
Third day: Saturday 21 September 2013
Following breakfast and a prayer and a blessing by Melkite Catholic
Priest of Ramallah, Fr. Julio Brunella, proceedings started.
Prof. Mahmud Abu Katteh lectured on the treatment of the political
Islamist movement in the Arab countries and in the West. Dr. Hamzeh
Theeb moderated the lecture.
Following a short break, a panel focused on the Palestinian national
scheme and where it is going. Mrs. Zahira Kamal of FIDA, Dr. Bernard
Sabella of Fateh and Qays Abu Laila of the Democratic Front took
part in this panel which was moderated by Mr. Hussein Al-Deek.
It should be noted that all lectures and panels were followed with a
question and an answer session and very in depth discussions of the
Dr, Geries S. Khoury, in concluding the conference, gave a summary
and a final communiqué of the conference. This was followed with
lunch and the departure of conferees.
Conferees condemn strongly the destruction of mosques and churches
and the assault on Christian and Muslim religious figures, including
killing and kidnapping. They consider these acts unethical which
contradicts the heavenly religion which calls for love, tolerance
and mercy. Conferees pray to the Almighty to help us to maintain our
unity and to avoid the upheavals that are taking place in the
Conferees call for all brothers in the Arab countries to stick to
their heavenly religions tolerance and to use logic and wisdom in
finding just solutions for the conflict in order to allow everyone
to live a dignified living.
The need to strengthen the foundations of national unity since this
unity guarantees the realization of Palestinian legitimate rights
including the establishment of a Palestine state an Palestinian soil
with Arab Jerusalem as its capital.
The formation of an assembles of Palestinian attorneys and law
specialists to study in depth the danger of a Jewish state and the
alternative one state or two states solutions and what is possible
to realize in all these schemes.
And since the Palestinian national scheme has reached a dead end as
a result of continuous expansion of colonial settlements, conferees
see that negotiations reached also a dead end because of Israeli
intransigence. Therefore, it is necessary to use all methods to
preserve Palestinian rights and the building of a Palestinian state.
We need to return to our heritage which emphasizes our common goal
of building our nation and which blocks any attempt to undermine
Muslim Christian fraternity.
There is a dire need to set up a civil and democratic Palestinian
state which respects and protects its citizens, their rights and
their public freedom in light of sovereignty of law.
Conferees advice the dire need to put an end to any attempt to
ferment Palestinian / Palestinian differences and to emphasize
elements which further unity, steadfastness and resistance in order
to attain national goals.
Conferees stress the importance of general and religious education
and the need to develop educational curricula which emphasizes the
understanding of the “other” and in the process to strengthen
fraternal ties between children of the nation, both Muslims and
10) Conferees greet our prisoners in Israeli prisons and look
forward to the day when all of them are liberated and victoriously
return to their family.
11) Conferees recommends that the Palestinian National Authority
become more involved in the rules of international laws and to join
a number of world agreements as well as the formation a committee of
experts to study and to submit its results and recommendations.