ADAMS Expresses Concern about Trump Administration’s Decision on Jerusalem and encourages us all of the critical need for peace, protection of life, religious freedom, self-determination and liberty of all people in the Holy Land

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ADAMS encourages all Americans to support the critical need for peace, protection of life, religious freedom, self-determination and liberty of all people in the Holy Land – Palestinians and Israelis, and all Muslim, Jewish, & Christian communities there.  Americans of all faiths are deeply saddened by the tension in the Holy Land and we urge all sides there, and around the world, to seek and find a Peaceful solution.
 
We fully support His Holiness Pope Francis’ statement that the status quo of Jerusalem should remain in accordance with relevant resolutions of the United Nations. The Trump Administration’s decision contradicts many decades of bipartisan Presidential policy, and does nothing to advance its professed commitment to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  These actions in fact only destabilize the Middle East and undercut America’s interests around the World.  Moreover, this will embolden extremists and make America’s work harder there and around the world.
 
The Final status of Jerusalem should be determined in Peace negotiations, and implemented in a way that enhances and not damages the peace process.  This must consider the aspirations and beliefs of Palestinians and Israelis including its Muslim, Jewish, & Christian communities.
 
We note the following Interfaith responses expressing concern on this issue:
TRUAH(The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights)  
J-Street
Union For Reform Judaism
Catholic News  – His Holiness Pope Francis statement
The heads of several Christian churches in Jerusalem
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran group in the U.S.
ADAMS will continue to work with our Jewish communities here for the Common Good in America and to advocate for peace in the Holy Land, and to counter Anti-Muslim sentiment, Anti-Semitism, and any hate & bigotry. We believe our own experience at ADAMS Mosque can be a model for a way forward there, in developing close ties with our Jewish partners and friends.  For many years ADAMS has shared worship space at two Synagogues, and has hosted many joint Passover Seders and other Jewish/Muslim programs, both at the mosque and in those and other synagogues.  We have also hosted very productive events with both Palestinians and Israelis, to discuss hopes and prospects for Peace.  We consequently believe true peace and harmony is possible in the Holy Land.


The world knows the only moral path to a Holy Land solution is dialogue and negotiation between Israelis (Jews, Muslims and Christians)  and Palestinians (Muslim and Christian). Despite a long and arduous path, the faith inherent in all our traditions can sustain this steady progress of history.  We have all witnessed many centuries of opposing narratives, political differences and ideological differences that defied any military operations, but the many relevant verses from the Quran (and the Bible) can remind us to work for the protection of life.  We must always respond with good and forgiveness in times of major challenge and conflict.


“Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) humans;-for God loves those who do good” (Quran 3:134)


“Whoever kills a person, unless [as punishment through due process] for murder or mischief in the land, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)

We cannot pretend to know the pain of those who have suffered directly and lost loved ones in recent events, but we can urge them to honor their loved ones not by a tribal urge for revenge, but rather to build societies of justice and mercy. These values are the cornerstones of civilization, and the paving stones to peace.  We urge all our brothers and sisters across the Middle East to seek a solution that protects life while simultaneously fostering compassion for the other, and to end this seemingly endless cycle of hatred and violence.

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