Kairos Palestine

About the Kairos Palestine Document

KAIROS LogoThis document is the Christian Palestinians' word to the world about what is happening in Palestine. It is written at this time when we wanted to see the Glory of the grace of God in this land and in the sufferings of its people. In this spirit the document requests the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades. The suffering continues while the international community silently looks on at the occupying State, Israel. Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in our region, calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against our people and the dispossession of the land.

In this historic document, we Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples.

This document did not come about spontaneously, and it is not the result of a coincidence. It is not a theoretical theological study or a policy paper, but is rather a document of faith and work. Its importance stems from the sincere expression of the concerns of the people and their view of this moment in history we are living through. It seeks to be prophetic in addressing things as they are without equivocation and with boldness, in addition it puts forward ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and all forms of discrimination as the solution that will lead to a just and lasting peace. The document also demands that all peoples, political leaders and decision-makers put pressure on Israel and take legal measures in order to oblige its government to put an end to its oppression and disregard for the international law. The document also holds a clear position that non-violent resistance to this injustice is a right and duty for all Palestinians including Christians.

The initiators of this document have been working on it for more than a year, in prayer and discussion, guided by their faith in God and their love for their people, accepting advice from many friends: Palestinians, Arabs and those from the wider international community. We are grateful to our friends for their solidarity with us.

Kairos Palestine Committee

As Palestinian Christians we hope that this document will provide the turning point to focus the efforts of all peace-loving peoples in the world, especially our Christian sisters and brothers. We hope also that it will be welcomed positively and will receive strong support, as was the South Africa Kairos document launched in 1985, which, at that time proved to be a tool in the struggle against oppression and occupation. We believe that liberation from occupation is in the interest of all peoples in the region because the problem is not just a political one, but one in which human beings are destroyed.

We pray God to inspire us all, particularly our leaders and policy-makers, to find the way of justice and equality, and to realize that it is the only way that leads to the genuine peace we are seeking.

  • His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah
  • His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna
  • Rev. Dr. Jamal Khader
  • Rev. Dr. Rafiq Khoury
  • Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
  • Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek
  • Rev. Dr. Yohana Katanacho
  • Rev. Fadi Diab
  • Dr. Geries Khoury
  • Ms. Cedar Duaybis
  • Ms. Nora Kort
  • Ms. Lucy Thaljieh
  • Mr. Nidal Abu Zuluf
  • Mr. Yusef Daher
  • Mr. Rifat Odeh Kassis - Coordinator

The 'Moment of Truth' document can be downloaded in several languages as PDF files:

Kairos Palestine response to the position of the Church of Norway

Category: Kairos Palestine
Created: 12 November 2020

Kairos Pal LogoKairos Palestine, the Palestinian Christian Initiative, responds with much appreciation to the position lately made by the Church of Norway on Christian Zionism. See the statement below:

Dear Friends,

The board, staff and friends of Kairos Palestine received with joy and deep gratitude the news of the Church of Norway Bishops Conference statement regarding Christian Zionism, released on the 30th of October 2020. We congratulate the Church of Norway for leading among the global churches on this important issue.

Through our 2009 Kairos Palestine document, A Moment of Truth (www.kairospalestine.ps), Palestinian Christians pleaded with churches throughout the world not to "offer a theological cover-up for the injustice we suffer." We therefore applaud the Bishops' bold statement identifying Christian Zionism as "theologically unacceptable and incompatible with human rights."

In the Conference's commitment "to continue to seek dialogue with Jews about how we, as believers, can contribute to just peace in the area," the Church of Norway is an example to churches around the world of the importance of serious inter-religious dialogue and the fact that criticism of Zionism is neither anti-Semitic nor to be taken as criticism to Judaism.

The statement reads, "Christian Zionism is not only harmful to Christians but also to Jews and Muslims as well as all humanity." In July this year, Global Kairos for Justice - a growing community of Christians across five continents - issued Cry for Hope: A Call to Decisive Action (www.cryforhope.org). We wrote, "As followers of Jesus, our response to ideologies of exclusivity and apartheid is to uphold a vision of inclusivity and equality for all peoples of the land and to persistently struggle to bring this about."

Our struggle is rooted in the logic of love that seeks to liberate both the oppressor and the oppressed in the hope of creating a new society for all the people of the land.
The Church of Norway is in our prayers as it leads the people of Norway along the path of justice and peace.

Kairos Palestine

Kairos Palestine, the most extensive Palestinian Christian ecumenical non- violent movement, is based on Kairos Palestine document: A Moment of Truth, launched in 2009, affirming that the Palestinian Christians are part and parcel of the Palestinian nation, calling for peace to end all suffering in the Holy Land by laboring for justice, hope and love, embraced by the Christian community, signed by all historically recognized Palestinian Christian organizations, and endorsed by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.