A group of Italian Pilgrims Visit
A group of Italians, especially from Northern Italy, visited Al-Liqa Center.
They were led by Fr. Nandino and Mr. Julini. The group’s aim is to get
acquainted with the activities of Al-Liqa’: interfaith, Palestinian contextual
theology, the Palestinian Christian situation and whit the peace process. Dr.
Adnan Musallam welcomed the group and then Dr. Khoury addressed them concerning
the present situation in the Arab world which is chaotic. The responsibility for
this situation rests chiefly with the policies of Western countries and
specially the United States and some Arab Countries that support extremist
groups who butcher those who are different from them. Dr. Khoury condemned them
and stressed that Al-Liqa’ is for changes in all Arab countries which abuse
human rights, freedom and life with dignity. Everyone is demanding democratic
regimes with freedom, equality and pluralism among its citizens.
Likewise, Dr. Khoury focused on the present situation in Egypt and he said: more
than 20 million people in 30 June 2013 went to the streets to ask for the
removal of president Mursi from office with the support of the armed forces and
security forces. Western leaders rejected this massive movement and accused it
of being a coup d’état. My question today to you all: what happened in these
days in Ukraine, is it a coup d’état or not? And all Europe and America are
concerned about Ukraine. They sent delegations to support the protestors and
hailed the downfall of the democratic elected president. What is the difference
between the Egyptian and the Ukrainian situations? I believe strongly that the
real Western interest is to have a chaotic Egypt where no political or social
stability are realized. So Egypt and similar countries can remain consuming
societies for European and American goods and arms as well as being totally
dependent on these great powers. We, of course, reject the West’s double
standard policies. Dr. Khoury, in addition, spoke about local Palestinian
theology and Muslim-Christian dialogue and added that the future of Christian
Arabs is not different than that of Muslim Arabs. For both belong to the same
people and the same nation. All of us desire a quiet future and a democratic
country which preserves the dignity of its citizens. Following the lecture, the
group had lunch and continued its discussions with Dr. Khoury.