Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim leaders denounced the “unjust” decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and demanded that it be reversed.
In a 14th December statement at the end of an interreligious summit, the leaders said “that, in addition to violating the laws and international charters,” the decision ignores the fact that Jerusalem is a city holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews.
The previous evening, in Amman, Jordan, Christian leaders led about 2,000 parishioners in a candelit march to protest the US decision.
“For us, Christian and Muslim Arabs, when we lose Jerusalem, we lose everything,” said Fr Rifat Bader, director of the Catholic Centre for Studies and Media, reading a statement. “We lose the core of our faith, because everything began in Jerusalem. We were all born in Jerusalem.”
The interreligious summit in Lebanon, led by Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite Catholic patriarch, gathered Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs and representatives, as well as leaders of the nation’s Protestant churches and Sunni, Shi’ite and Druze communities.
Picture: Catholic and Orthodox leaders and 2,000 of their parishioners in Amman, Jordan, hold a silent candlelight march on 13th December. The event marked their rejection of the recent decision by President Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy there. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Centre for Studies and Media).