Middle EastPeace InitiativePrinciples of peacebuildingUniversal Peace Federationwww.upf.org
Principles of Peacebuilding There is one God, who is the Creator andParent of all humankind. Human beings are essentially spiritual in theirnature. The highest standard in human relationships isto live for the sake of others. Interreligious and international cooperation areessential to building genuine and lastingpeace.
There isone God,who is theCreator andParent of allhumankind.Have we not all one father?Has not one God created us?- Malachi 2:10Our Father, who art inheaven, hallowed be Thyname. - Matthew 6:9All [human] creatures areGod’s children, and thosedearest to God are thosewho treat His childrenkindly. - Hadith of Baihaqi
Connecting with the root of peaceAt the Western Wall in Jerusalem,a remnant of the wall of the ancient Temple grounds
Connecting with the root of peaceAt the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem,where Jesus prayed before his crucifixion
Connecting with the root of peaceAl Aqsa Plaza in Jerusalem, where Mohammedascended to heaven on a night journey
Humanbeings areessentiallyspiritual intheirnature.Then the Lord God formedman out of the dust of theground, and breathed into hisnostrils the breath of life;and man became a living being.- Genesis 2:7It is the spirit that gives life.- John 6:63And He originated thecreation of man out of clay,then He fashioned hisprogeny of an extraction ofmean water, then He shapedhim, and breathed His spirit inhim. - Qur’an 32:8-9
Sharing faith traditionsA traditional Jewish welcome of bread and wine to Jerusalem
Sharing faith traditionsA Gospel reading inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,Jerusalem
Sharing faith traditionsPeace rally at the gate of the Old City ofJerusalem includes prayers of many faiths.
“When the high-level Ambassadors for Peacecontinue to come from all faiths and nationsit gives us strength to overcome all barriers.”- Sheikh Aziz Bukhari, Naqshabandian Sufi Method, Jerusalem“You are part of a great vision to implementpeace.”- Dr. Eliezer Glaubach, former Jerusalem city councilman“We were all created by the same God. Wemust learn how to respect each other.”- Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, former Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
The higheststandard inhumanrelationshipsis to live forthe sake ofothers.He has showed you, O man,what is good; and what doesthe LORD require of you butto do justice, and to lovekindness, and to walk humblywith your God? - Micah 6:8Let no one seek his owngood, but the good of hisneighbor. - Corinthians 10.24The best of men are thosewho are useful to others.- Hadith of Bukhari
In JerusalemBuilding bonds among faith leaders
Building bonds among faith leadersIn GazaIn the Galilee
Building bonds among womenSisterhood ceremonies inJerusalem
Building bonds among youthAn Arab youth tutors aJewish student.Winning team memberssalute the losing team in a“Play Soccer Make Peace”match between Jewish andArab youth.
The heart of reconciliationA 9/11 memorial service at Jerusalem’s Independence Park
The heart of reconciliationA wreath at Yad Vashem on Holocaust Remembrance Day
The heart of reconciliationJews and Arabs from the Parents’ Circle, who lost familymembers in violent attacks, describe their work of reconciliation.
“Without true reconciliation we willnot have true peace, not in our familiesor in our nation or region.”- Baruch Shalev, Jerusalem“All religions call for peace, qualityand respect for each other, withoutdestroying lives. We invite others tojoin us to ensure that the children ofthe future will enjoy peace.”- Kamel Thabet, Gaza
Interreligiousandinternationalcooperationare essentialto buildinggenuine andlastingpeace.They shall beat their swordsinto ploughshares, and theirspears into pruning hooks.- Isaiah 2.2-4If possible, so far as itdepends upon you, livepeaceably with all….Do notbe overcome by evil, butovercome evil with good.- Romans 12.18,21O mankind! We created youfrom a single pair of a maleand a female and made youinto nations and tribes, thatyou might know each other[not that you might despiseeach other]. - Qur’an 49.13
Promoting interreligiouscooperationInterreligious peace march in Jerusalem
Promoting interreligiouscooperationBriefings at the Israeli Knesset
Promoting interreligiouscooperationBriefingswithPalestinianofficials inRamallahin EastJerusalemin Abu Dis
Promoting interreligiouscooperationBriefings with US officials
Promoting interreligiouscooperation“Halelu: Songs ofDavid” cantatablends classicalEuropean, Jewishand Arab themes.Collaboration amongcomposers and recordingartists of different cultures
Promoting interreligiouscooperationThe mayor ofJerusalemwelcomes a NativeAmerican chief.A Native American leaderpresents a traditionalnecklace to a Gaza official.
“We need courageous leadership onboth sides for peace. Two people, bothnot really religious, are fighting overthe holy places!”- Prof. Moshe Amirav,negotiator with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak atCamp David talks, 2000“We are in the Holy Land where Godsent His three main messengers. Weare the trustees of peace and the roadto peace.”- Abu Ali Shaheen,Member, Palestinian Parliament, Gaza
If we come from one God,why allow boundaries to divide us?Girls holding a peace poster
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