Jerusalem Church Leaders Call for an End to Violence in the Holy Land

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Patriarchs and leaders of churches in Jerusalem have called for the immediate establishment of peace in the Holy Land. They stress the importance of ending military actions and initiating negotiations as soon as possible. Their collective statement was published by the press service of the Jerusalem Patriarchate.

The heads of the churches emphasize that conflicts between states cause suffering primarily to innocent civilians. In their statement, they condemned "any actions against peaceful citizens, regardless of their citizenship, nationality, or faith," expressing solidarity with the peoples of the region who are experiencing the devastating consequences of the ongoing conflict.

"As spiritual leaders, we reach out to all who are suffering and pray that Almighty God provides comfort to the oppressed and wisdom to those in leadership positions. We call on the international community to maximize its mediating efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land, based on human rights and international legality," the statement said.

Earlier on October 7th, Israel was subjected to a massive rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. Several groups of militants infiltrated from Gaza into Israeli territory, targeting civilians, breaking into homes, and taking hostages. Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared the start of a war. A state of emergency was declared in Israel, and mobilization was announced.

The Russian Orthodox Church called on Israel and Palestine to halt hostilities. As stated by the Moscow Patriarchate, Patriarch Kirill prays for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the healing of the wounded.

Pope Francis also commented on the escalation of the conflict in the Holy Land. He emphasized that any war is a defeat and called on the warring parties to cease violence and initiate negotiations.

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