In Paris, “The World Congress Of Imams and Rabbis for Peace” approve a “Declaration and Action Plan for Peace.”
DECEMBER 22, 2008 – A “Road Map” has been established. The Congress was held in Paris from 15 to 17 December 2008, under the patronage of UNESCO and with the support of His Excellency Maitre Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal and Chairman of the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference.
Highlights of the Declaration and Action Plan for Peace include:
-To set up a permanent multi-religious group that will begin its activities immediately. The first update meeting will be held in Jerusalem during March 2009.
-Their commitment to denounce and condemn publicly, all forms of violence, terror, and individual and collective injustice committed in the name of God and/or their respective religions or holy scriptures.
-Their determination to be active custodians of the Sacredness of Peace.
-To organise and guarantee the systematic involvement of women and young people in designing and implementing educational programmes on peace.
-To expand their dialogue to include Christians.
-To draft a charter of ethics on religions that will be a veritable manual on “living together” to be disseminated using all modern means of transmission and will highlight the golden rules and common values of religions.
-To adopt a common stand in the event of crises or conflicts stemming from the ethical and peace values of the three monotheisms.
The full text of “The Declaration and Action Plan” will be made available through: www.hommesdeparole.org
DECEMBER 2, 2008 – ‘The World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace’ brings together imams and rabbis who formally seek to initiate rapprochement between Judaism and Islam. Two congresses have been held to date, one in Brussels, January 2005, and one in Seville, March 2006.
In the presence of international observers, experts and representatives of other religions, imams and rabbis expressed their disagreements and their differing visions, but they also stressed their common heritage and the ethical philosophy of their respective religion, as well as a strong public stand against terrorism, poverty and extremism.
On December 15 2008, UNESCO in Paris will be hosting the ‘Third World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace’ on the theme ‘Israel-Palestine, the Sacredness of Peace.’
The Congress, which was organised at the request of imams and rabbis of the Middle East, will be attended by 85 religious experts and leaders from 21 countries, – 30 of whom are Israeli rabbis and Palestinian imams, all with a unique, common purpose: Peace in the Middle East.
The Third World Congress is more than an inter-religious meeting. For the first time in 60 years, an official meeting will bring together some of the highest religious authorities from Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Palestine.
The Congress believes peace is not only the concern of governments or political leaders. Efforts to bring about peace need active support from people all around the world. The conflict in the Middle East, Islamophobia and antisemitism are usually fed and exacerbated by the preachings of fundamentalists using God or the Holy writings as a pretext.
These religious leaders, because of the current economic crisis and the political situation, are more aware than ever before of their role as custodians of the sacredness of life and peace. They believe that since governments have not been able to solve conflict in the Middle East, the time perhaps has finally come to realise that no solution can be found without the tangible involvement of religious leaders in all negotiations, meetings and official discussions.
They also know that all their efforts for peace will be destroyed by extremists if they do not condemn and delegitimize now, once and for all, every act of violence committed ‘in the name of God.’
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