Sabeel seeks a two-state solution

02 November 2006


From Bridget Rees, the Revd Dr Stephen Sizer, and Mrs Jennifer Oldershaw
Sir, — We write in response to Chris John’s comments on the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre (Letters, 28 April).

Chris John asked whether Sabeel could speak for Christians in the Holy Land. Sabeel is an ecumenical centre based in east Jerusalem, which also has a base in Nazareth. It has widespread support among all the denominations of Christians in Israel/Palestine, and as such is a voice that should be heard.

Most of its local supporters and members are, of course, inevitably Palestinian, though it has many Israeli supporters in the Jewish as well as the Christian community. Palestinian Christians and Sabeel are concerned for a solution to the current situation which brings a
just peace for all communities and faiths in the land and gives Palestinians a viable state.

Chris John states that Sabeel does not favour a two-state solution, when in fact it has always been committed to the democratic process and a two-state solution. Any one-state solution could come about only if both peoples agreed.

The latest statement on this from Sabeel after the recent elections makes this clear: “Sabeel’s Statement on the New Realities in Palestine” (

How tragic it is that peace-makers such as Sabeel and Canon Naim Ateek are maligned and targeted in this way; but, of course, Jesus told us to expect such attacks (Matthew 5.9-10), and many of his followers have received them.
Friends of Sabeel UK
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