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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Iraq, Syria, Palestine: The Middle East Council of Churches calls upon the International Community

BEIRUT – The Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement condemning the wars and the violence in Irak, Siria and Palestine, with a special mention to the Christians of Irak.

The  Middle   East  Council   of Churches

Head Office
Beirut,  Lebanon·  POBox    11-5376
Tel: +961-1-353938/   +961-1-344896
Fax· +961-1-344894
E-mail:  secretary   general@mecc.org
Website:  www.mecc.org

The MECC general Secretary issued the following statement:

In the midst of the painful events that are swiping across Syria, Palestine and Iraq, and what the Christians in Mosul are experiencing in particular, the Middle East Council of Churches joins the patriarchs and heads of the Churches in the East in their Call to the international community  to take bold initiatives and stand against this fierce attack on the passive Christians of Iraq who remained steadfast in the land of their fathers and forefathers  where  Christianity  started,  and who  were the precursors  of culture  and civilisation.

Therefore,  the Council declares the following:

1- MECC condemns  all that the attempts  to displace the Christians and others out of Mosul city and its surroundings  in addition to the desecration of sacred places and the systematic attempts  to change the cultural and religious image of a city known  for its churches, monasteries that are open for dialogue and building the culture of love.

2- NIECC is in full solidarity with H.B. Patriarch Louis Sako and the prelates of all the Churches in Iraq. The Council endorses  the Statement-Call of his Beatitude whereby he draws the attention of the world leaders to the threats and hardships that the government  and  the  people  of  Iraq,  Christians  and  Muslims,  are  facing with  the attempts to change the image of Iraq as a cradle of civilisations.

3- MECC calls upon of human and spiritual communities, Christians and Muslims, to put pressure on their governments  and voice out their concerns about what is going on today in Iraq which if not stopped  immediately, it will result in human calamities and wars and will affect those who were behind these incidents or did not denounce them.

4- MECC  calls all believers  of all religions  and people  of good  will to pray God  to come for the rescue  of people  of Iraq  especially  the Christians  who  are deeply  suffering  as if they  are sheep  taken  to be  slaughtered   and  no  one  is there  to  advocate   for  their  right for justice, mercy  and life.

5-  MECC   reiterates   its  condemnation     of  the  tragic  events   occurnng    In  Syria  and Palestine  and  declares  that  we  can  not  stay silent  about  all that  threatens   the  life and safety  of  the  people.   It  is not  permitted   to violate  the  dignity  and  kill innocents   and children.  It  seems  as if in the  era of openness   and  globalisation,   we are going  back  to the prehistory  period  where  human  beings  were predators   and not  brothers.

Beirut, ]uly   21, 2014

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