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United Christian Communities, The American Mideast Leadership Network and The Raq Rega Project
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“For . . . centuries, the Christian community has breathed daily life into the sacred sites of Christianity - caring for them, worshipping at them, preserving them. However, while the overall population of Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem is increasing, the Palestinian Christian community is steadily declining. If this trend does not change, the sacred sites of Christianity will soon be reduced to museums for visiting tourists - and Jerusalem, with its universal and sacred importance, will cease to be the home of three living faith communities.”  Letter to Pres Bush, December 2007 from Senators Julian Bond and John Rockefeller

IIf a living Christian presence disappears from the Holy Land, and it seems more and more thinkable that it may, we will all be dimished by the loss of connection with our heritage that it will represent. 
And, in addition, the disappearance of Christian communities from the Holy Land, or their continued marginalization, has and will have have practical consequences for all of us.

“The Christian presence in the Holy Land is a potentially important, possibly essential, voice in the dialogue for peace, but it is a voice that has been reduced to a hoarse whisper. Historically, Christianity has provided a kind of leavening in the Middle East, a small but necessary buffer between the [opposing radical elements in the surrounding society in the Middle East] . . .If the Christians disappear, the Middle East will become that much more vulnerable to this embittered dichotomy.
”The Body and the Blood, by Charles M. Sennott

 “The fate of Palestinian Christians should not be a matter of interest only on religious and cultural grounds. . . .  The [continued] presence of Christian populations and their active participation in civil society is critical to maintaining a pluralistic Middle East and developing tolerant, open, democratic forms of government that respect human rights, including minority rights. Ensuring the vitality of the Palestinian Christian community is integral to achieving peace and stability in the Holy Land and throughout the region” . . . Letter to President Bush, December 2007 from Senators Julian Bond and John Rockefeller

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