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Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian Christian and human rights activist, co-founded the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-violence and headed the legal committee that negotiated the PLO-Israeli agreement creating the Palestinian Authority in 1994. 

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Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East

by Jonathan Kuttab 10-06-2014
Applying Christian principles to the Middle East conflict

Photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

AS CHRISTIANS concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of living waters” for people of faith:

  • We need to oppose both anti-Semitism as well as any form of discrimination and racism against Palestinian Arabs. Solutions that promote or tolerate discriminatory and racist institutions and practices should be forthrightly condemned. Settlements, illegal under international law and discriminatory against Palestinians, need to be rejected rather than tolerated and legitimized.
     
  • We need to work for justice, which requires that we work for a solution that levels the playing field rather than seek a “realistic” approach that reflects the balance of power between the parties, necessarily favoring the strong against the weak.
     
  • We need to seek reconciliation and peace between the parties, rather than assuming eternal hostility and enmity between the parties.