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Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land

A panel and a Joint Iftar dinner titled:

“A Call to the Brothers Fighting Each Other in this Holy Month of Ramadan”

On Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Bethlehem Hotel – Bethlehem

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Al-Liqa’ Center organized a panel titled “A Call to the Brothers Fighting Each Other in this Holy Month of Ramadan” which was moderated by Mr. Mousa Darwish, Deputy Director of Al-Liqa’ Center. This panel was attended by noted personalities from the Bethlehem area and from Birzeit and ‘Abud, both Muslim and Christian clerics, academicians, as well as representatives of various sectors of society led by H. B. Latin Patriarch Fu’ad Twal who blessed this gathering with a prayer and a meditation. Mr. Darwish welcomed all attendees thanking Fr. Dr. Louis Hazboun and the group from Birzeit and ‘Abud and their cooperation with Al-Liqa’ Center. He reiterated the importance of this panel and the joint Iftar dinner which will follow.

Panel members Sheikh ‘Abd Al-Majeed ‘Ata, Mufti of the Bethlehem Governorate; Sheikh ‘Isam Rumman of Birzeit, and Dr. Geries S. Khoury, Director of Al-Liqa’ Center, stressed the importance of dialogue, mutual understanding, the recognition of the “other”, the importance of national unity and the presentation of Christian and Muslim teaching of tolerance and love instead of hate and the exclusion of the “other” in this holy month of Ramadan”.

Following brief comments by some attendees issued a final communique asking all our brothers in the Arab nation to stop fighting each other in this holy month of Ramadan and to be guided by the teachings of Christianity and Islam. Also, they asked to avoid any bloodshed that leds to the destruction of the nation and the uprooting of the people to different parts of the world. Nothing is worth the shedding of blood of a human being whether relative, friend, or stranger. And for those outsiders who interfere in the internal affairs of Arab countries, they do not want the good of the nation. Instead, they want to tear it apart in order to prevail. On the other hand fighters must reach an accord that will put a stop to bloodshed and will attain instead the welfare of our people in order for these latter to live a dignified life.

Following the panel and final communique all attendees were invited for the traditional joint Iftar dinner.