Kairos Palestine

Bethlehem, Palestine


Phone: +970-(0) 599 469 380
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Organisational Profile
Kairos Palestine is working with Theology, Human rights, Tourism Ecumenism & Interfaith, Neo-liberal globalization, Conflict resolution & reconciliation


Mr. Rifat Kassis - Coordinator

Kairos Palestine Document Authors

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

Document Background

Published in December 2009, the Kairos Palestine Document is the Christian Palestinians’ word to the world about what is happening in Palestine.

Description from its Authors

The Kairos Palestine Document is written at this time when we (Palestinian Christians) 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, 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.

Resource persons
Rifat Odeh Kassis

Resource documents
Leveling the Scales by Force
Tunnel Vision
Kairos Palestine Leaders Visit Norway
Kairos Palestine Newsletter
Counter-BDS Campaign Launched in Israel
The Bethlehem Call
South Africa, Denmark and Switzerland to correctly label Israeli settlement products
Statement from Christian Community Leaders in the Holy Land to European Countries
Christmas, Peace, and the Wall: The Segregation Wall and Checkpoints in and around Bethlehem
Palestinian only bus lines resemble South African-style apartheid practices
Kairos Palestine Statement on Syria Crisis
Kairos Palestine after 5 Years
Life with Dignity
Palestinian Christians:

Associated Calender Events
Kairos for Global Justice Encounter
"Sannhetens Řyeblikk" Book Launch
Kairos Palestine International Conference

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Last updated 24.01.2012