Statement issued by the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East for the Syriac Orthodox Church

‏‏”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9
‏Two weeks after the war in Gaza, witnessing unprecedented destruction and a rising number of Palestinian martyrs and casualties, and in the face of the complexity of solutions, it is our collective duty to stand united in prayer, demanding an end to this heinous war, the cessation of bloodshed, and the protection of lives.

‏The images of hundreds of dead children, grieving mothers, and the remains of civilians, especially after the targeting of the Baptist hospital, bring sorrow to our hearts. Targeting innocent children, their mothers, and the extermination of entire families, is beyond the logic of divine values. The people of Gaza and Palestine have lost their security; neither hospitals nor schools, mosques nor churches, nor international organizations’ headquarters protect the fundamental human right to life, in addition to the prevention of the entry of water, medicine, and food.

‏The human spirit, which enjoys freedom, is a gift from God, and what is happening contradicts His will. Faced with this horrifying humanitarian and moral disaster, we appeal to the Eastern churches, the Vatican, Western churches, international organizations, and the United Nations to work towards a ceasefire and to protect human life, a gift from God to humanity, and to open crossings to deliver water, food, and medicine to those in need in Gaza.

‏We pray for the cessation of hostilities and the arrival of peace in the land of peace, and we ask God to grant this region the grace of honorable free life.”

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