Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy
In response to pastor Terry Jones' determination to burn the Holy Qur'an
Al-Liqa' Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land issued the
following statement in response to pastor Terry Jones' determination to burn
texts of Islam's Holy Qur'an.
We implore all people of good will to condemn this uncalled for unethical
behavior of Terry Jones which plants the seeds of hate in the hearts of heavenly
religions' followers. In addition, this contradicts the spirit of the Holy Bible
and Christianity's teachings that call for love and brotherhood. Terry Jones'
unethical behavior contradicts as well the logic of dialogue with other
religions, civilizations and cultures.
The freedom of expression does not mean under any circumstances the insult of
"the Holy" of the other. We as Arabs in Palestine, both Muslims and Christians,
insist on our national unity and shared living and we are proud of that. We
believe in the respect of the other, his/her freedom and his/her dogma. At the
same time we believe that the uncivilized act of Terry Jones will never
influence the brotherly ties which unite us. On the contrary, it will strength
our heartfelt love which we have been living under for many centuries and which
we expect to live and experience for ever.