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» 09/04/2013
ISLAM - VATICAN - SYRIA
Muslim doctor urges people to join the pope and raise our voices against war
For Izzeldin Abuelaisch, famous around the world for his book 'I Shall Not Hate', it is not enough to talk about peace. "Everyone must act following the example of Pope Francis. In the Middle East, crisis and hate are a consequence of a world that has forgotten its values."

Toronto (AsiaNews) - "The Day of Prayer for Syria the pope has called for helps us understand that the crisis in the Middle East is not taking place in another world, far from us, but in this world," said Izzeldin Abuelaisch, a Palestinian Muslim obstetrician and gynecologist, famous around the world for his book I Shall Not Hate, written after his three daughters and a niece were killed during Operation Cast Lead (2008-2009). Speaking to AsiaNews, he also said, "I will participate with joy in the prayer vigil. I am doing everything possible to spread" news about it.

For the Palestinian doctor, it is not enough to talk about peace. People must act and speak out following the example of the pope. This is especially true for people who believe in God, Christians and Muslims.

"Faith," he explained, "cannot be an ideal. It must involve action from the heart and bring each one of us to ask ourselves what we can do to change this world of violence."

Abuelaish points out that the violence and hatred that are killing Syria are endemic and threaten the entire world.

"In many countries of the Middle East," he noted, "there is poverty, ignorance, and little hope. Keeping the situation this was lays the foundation for the hatred that leads to wars. We must defend peace and freedom everywhere to protect our world. Human life and its meaning are the only thing that is worth fighting for. "(S.C.)

 


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See also
09/04/2013 INDIA - VATICAN - SYRIA
For Indian Muslim scholar, the pope's appeal on Syria must be heeded
01/23/2014 VATICAN - SYRIA
Geneva II: For the Vatican, dialogue, not war, is the only solution to the Syrian crisis
10/23/2013 VATICAN - SYRIA
Church provides US$ 72 million in aid to 20 Syrian cities
08/29/2013 US- SYRIA
Obama 'sure' of Damascus’ use of chemical weapons, but unsure of what action to take
08/30/2013 SYRIA -UN -US
UN:' considerable ' evidence of use of chemical weapons. The U.S. increasingly alone

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