Arch­bishop calls for en­er­getic peace moves

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MON ROCKER

DR ROWAN Wil­liams, in his last Easter ser­mon as Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, called on Chris­tians to sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions that work for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans such as One Voice and the Be­reaved Fam­i­lies Forum.

Dr Wil­liams — who at­tended an event in sup­port of One Voice in London last month — said in his ad­dress at Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral on Satur­day: “All who love both the Is­raeli and the Pales­tinian com­mu­ni­ties and long for their se­cu­rity will feel more des­per­ate than ever.

“A visit to Yad Vashem, the Holo­caust Mu­seum in Jerusalem, will con­vince you why the state of Is­rael ex­ists and must go on ex­ist­ing. A visit to any bor­der check­point will con­vince you that the daily ha­rass­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion of Pales­tini­ans of all ages and back­grounds can­not be a jus­ti­fi­able or even sus­tain­able price to pay for se­cu­rity.

“Lis­ten­ing to a rabbi talk­ing about what it is like to wit­ness the gath­er­ing up of body parts af­ter a ter­ror­ist at­tack is some­thing that can’t be for­got­ten; nei­ther is lis­ten­ing to a Pales­tinian whose par­ent or child has been killed in front of their eyes in a mor­tar bomb­ing.”

But rather than “turn­ing up the vol­ume of part­ner­ship”, he said, the re­sponse should be to put “im­mense en­ergy into sup­port­ing those on the ground who show that they be­lieve in a God who acts — those who con­tinue, through net­works like One Voice and the Be­reaved Fam­i­lies Forum, to bring to­gether peo­ple from both sides and chal­lenge them to dis­cover em­pa­thy and mu­tual com­mit­ment.”

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