Tens of leading personalities and Christian Muslim clerics attended
this gathering which was sponsored by Al-Liqa’ and Sabeel Centers.
Prior to the joint Iftar, H.B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah welcomed
this large gathering and spoke of present tragic developments in
Gaza and concluded his remarks by stressing that we will be
victorious because we have the right despite that the Israelis
possess the most advanced destructive arms. We are determined to
live despite despair and fear of the future. Sheikh Maher ‘Assaf
followed with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. Rev. Dr.
Na’im ‘Ateek and Dr. Geries S. Khoury welcomed the attendees. Rev.
‘Ateek stressed the importance of this gathering because it deepens
our national identity, our belief in God and our right to live. Dr.
Khoury, in addition, stressed national unity in face of the extreme
trends in the Arab World.
Discussions of the main theme "Are the Joint Iftars Contributing to
Shared Living" followed with commentators underlining the importance
of this annual traditional gathering which makes us more familiar
with our spiritual legacy and religious traditions. The Youth group
of Al-Liqa’ also took part in the discussions.
Attendees, in addition, condemned Israeli air raids on our people in
Gaza and appealed to all those with live conscious in the world to
resist this aggression. Likewise, the gathering condemned barbaric
occupation practices against our people in the West Bank and
appealed to international organizations and human rights
associations to put an end to this massacre of women, children and
the elderly. Despite of that our people will continue to sacrifice
until out trek for liberty, independence and setting up a state of
our own is realized.