Pope Tawadros: Church refuses extremist Torah explanations toward Jerusalem

Pope Tawadros delivers speech during the International Conference in Support of Jerusalem that kicked off on Wednesday- TV screenshot
Pope Tawadros delivers speech during the International Conference in Support of Jerusalem that kicked off on Wednesday- TV screenshot

CAIRO , EGYPT – “We refuse violence, coercion and religiousness of Arab Palestinian conflict. We also refuse the use of religion away from its main purposes. We refuse extremist explanations of Torah that deny others and impinge on their rights,” said Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

During his speech at the International Conference in support of Jerusalem on Wednesday, Pope Tawadros said that the Coptic Orthodox Church’s firm stance regarding Jerusalem comes from its commitment toward common living aspirations and the common destiny.

He also said that the church declared its complete rejection of the U.S. decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, adding that this decision will lead to judaizing Jerusalem.

He further remarked that the church has never gone into conflicts with any entity or religion, and refuses intolerance and wars.

The cause has cultural, economical and historical aspects, and putting the cause into the religious dimension is a disaster; consequently, Pope Tawadros said that the church is committed to the rights of subjugated, persecuted and exiled people.

“We always stand beside those who struggle for their rights and humanitarian dignity and refuse coercion and violence.”

He called on the Arab world to think of how Palestinians could restore their legitimate rights since the resolutions of the United Nations and Security Council have not been put into effect.

Consequently, he remarked that a study on the Jerusalem status in terms of the tragic humanitarian conditions witnessed by Palestinians struggling for their legitimate rights should be conducted.

He referred that it is very important to come together to resolve this important issue as Jerusalem is not just place of historic monuments, but it represents a special value of faith, aspirations and memory. It is also a symbol for peace and security.

He pointed out that church has long exerted efforts throughout its history to resolve the Palestinian issue and stand beside Palestinians.

Al-Azhar organized the International Conference in Support of Jerusalem which kicked off on Wednesday morning and witnessed the attendance of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Slated to run for two days, the conference started screening a documentary film about Al-Azhar’s long standing efforts to support the Palestinian cause, and also contained other powerful on-the-ground footages from Palestine.

The conference hall received ministers and senior officials from Egypt and more than 80 other countries, and was adorned with a great three-dimensional constructs of Al-Aqsa Mosque with Palestinian flags on its right and left.

Last December, Trump announced that he had decided to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel amid growing global and regional condemnations. Several protests accordingly broke out at U.S. embassies around the world.

For its part, Al-Azhar strongly condemned the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing it as an “illegitimate and reckless step” and an unacceptable attempt to falsify history.

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  • Hind Abyad

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  • Hind Abyad
  • Y K

    The cartoonish Coptic “Pope” is busy trying to outdo Islamonazis in hating Jews. While whining about being slaughtered by those same Islamonazis all the time.

  • Hind Abyad

    This won’t make the mainstream media headlines today: Jihadist terrorists masquerading as “moderate rebels” (US Israel proxies mercenaries), shell historic Christian districts in Syria’s Damascus, killing at least 9 civilians, including several teenagers.

    “BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Islamist rebels in the East Ghouta region fired at least five missiles into the historic Christian districts of Bab Touma and Al-Qassaa this afternoon.”

  • Hind Abyad

    Moving US embassy to Jerusalem and reprogramming US aid to favor Christians over Muslims will not advance Israeli Palestinian peace or protect ME Christians. Pence’s problem: when you see the world thru a narrow ideological lens, you miss reality & make disastrous errors.

    • Rudy1947

      Limiting Muslim options is a good thing. I thought you were a Christian.

      • Y K

        “I thought you were a Christian”

        She (it?) only gives a shit about Christ in the context of him being killed by Jooz. 🙂

      • Niemals

        Hind Abyad is a Christian of the best branch of the Christians..
        Still living in the creation era of this Christian branch…..

      • Niemals

        In order to limit Muslim options, you first need to think about the Christian refugee converts in Germany that face violent attacks.

        A court in the southern German city of Traunstein sentenced a 30-year-old Muslim refugee from Afghanistan to life in prison for killing a woman who had converted to Christianity from Islam.

        Although the man could legally be released after 15 years under the sentence, this seldom occurs in practice.

        In giving the harsh sentence, the court accepted the prosecution’s argument that the motive behind the killing was a religious one.

        The man, whose application for asylum in Germany had been officially rejected, fatally stabbed the 38-year-old woman, also an Afghan refugee, in front of a supermarket in the Bavarian town of Prien am Chiemsee in April last year.
        The murder was committed before the eyes of two of the woman’s sons, aged 5 and 11 at the time.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ee457269a13bb59eaf92f450847cd1a5f4d90e821279248fdff8c5d77adb39c.jpg The killing caused widespread shock in Prien
        The woman, who converted to Christianity while still in Afghanistan, had lived in the town since 2011 and was involved in the Protestant church community.
        The man had only a passing acquaintance with her.

        Talk about a good muslim….
        The oldest son of the victim told reporters present at the reading of the sentence that he hoped the accused would “receive the punishment he deserved” and not be sent back to Afghanistan, where he would be “celebrated for what he had done.”