Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East

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Seeking a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians
through political advocacy

                          
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Vision Statement:  Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME)

A Project of Abrahamic Faith Leaders for a Just Peace for Israelis and Palestinians

July 14, 2011 

Purpose

The purpose of the Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME) is to amplify a strong, local interfaith voice among spiritual leaders, as well as their fellow believers, against the injustices and human suffering of the people in Israel and Palestine.  While many interfaith groups focus on either theology and fellowship or political advocacy, AIME addresses all three.   

Common Belief

As children of Abraham, we are called to love God and neighbor, and to seek a just and merciful peace in this world.  Judaism speaks of the one God calling the covenant community to "tikkun olam," repairing the world. Christianity speaks of the power of love, as embodied in Jesus, for the healing of the world.  Islam speaks of submission to Allah in order to establish peace, justice, and a compassionate world.

 The main elements of Abrahamic ethics, as revealed in the sacred texts of our traditions and taught by Moses, Jesus, and the Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Unto Them (PBUT), are:  a deep conviction that human society be founded on justice for all; an abiding concern for the most vulnerable members of society; and a profound calling to practice compassion in thought, word, and deed.

 These core values shared by all three Abrahamic faiths compel us to act and shape our response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 Mission

Our work together is urgent.  The suffering and turmoil inflicted on both Palestinians and Israelis continues to magnify and affect our own national security.  The Obama administrationís efforts to negotiate a lasting peace are being undermined by special interests in both national and international circles.  The use of nuclear intervention is even voiced in our national media.  Interfaith work provides a moral framework to influence individuals, faith communities, legislators, and other political leaders.  And while more individuals and organizations take a stand against the current policies and practices in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, hostile attacks and slurs mount against them stifling open and honest dialogue.  A strong, shared voice of conscience is essential in our worship, political discussions, and subsequent actions.

 To raise the voices of the children of Abraham, AIME will seek to:

1) Unite a local group of religious leaders from the three faiths;

2) Understand and explore how our respective faith traditions compel us to respond to the conflict in Israel and Palestine; and

3) Act collaboratively among our faith neighbors, wider community, media, and elected officials.