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14 December 2017

BU Statement on Jerusalem

Bethlehem University expresses its concern at the change in the status of Jerusalem resulting from the decision of President Trump to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. It joins the call of an ecumenical group of thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, who have written that their land is called to be a land of peace. “Jerusalem, the city of God, is a city of peace for all, but, unfortunately, the Holy Land and Jerusalem, the Holy City, is today a land of conflict.” They call on the United States to respect the international status of Jerusalem.

Pope Francis stated that Jerusalem has "a special vocation to peace", and appealed for all to agree to respect the long-standing status of Jerusalem. He said the resolutions of the United Nations make it clear that Jerusalem is a unique international city, sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Bethlehem University, as a LaSallian and Palestinian institution, is committed to peace and justice for all and reiterates these local and international calls. Bethlehem University wholeheartedly supports the many UN Security Council resolutions to the present day, which give Jerusalem a special status, that unites rather than separates peoples. It calls on the International community to respect this special status of Jerusalem until a final agreed upon arrangement for the city is reached.

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine