WHEREAS, the hierarchs, clergy and faithful of this God-protected Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America have met as the General Assembly at the 50th Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Convention;
WHEREAS, there exists today in the Middle East serious social upheaval that has greatly affected the economies creating high unemployment rates and resulting in untenable human conditions;
WHEREAS, there is great concern over the present conditions existing in certain of the Middle East states, specifically those of Palestine, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, regarding the living conditions and general welfare of its citizens;
WHEREAS, many people in the Middle East have been victimized and suffer greatly from such conditions including poverty, scarcity of food and clean water, inadequate medical care and other such conditions, all in violation of fundamental and basic human rights and dignities;
WHEREAS, the State of Israel has and continues to implement a specific policy toward Judaizing Jerusalem and usurping Arab lands and permitting the illegal establishment of settlements, which have been at the center of much conflict in the Middle East and such policies are supported by United States and Canada;
WHEREAS, the Holy City of Jerusalem is an integral part of the three major monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this 50th Archdiocesan Convention, duly assembled in Chicago, Illinois, from July 25-31, 2011 hereby calls upon the United States of America and Canada to implement a just, even-handed and fair policy in all issues relating to the Middle East and specifically, the states of Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. We further call upon the United States of America and Canada to be a genuine broker of a lasting peace in the Middle East taking into consideration the needs of all the people and exercising relief efforts to end the unbearable social conditions which have plagued the people of this region for too long of a time. We further call upon the United States of America and Canada to cease from any further unjust interference in the internal affairs of all Middle East countries and to implement a fair policy regarding Israel’s treatment of its Arab citizens and the people of the West Bank and Gaza and to cease Judaizing the Holy City of Jerusalem and the West Bank, all for the sake of a lasting peace. We also call upon Israel to withdraw from all occupied Arab lands and to cease it’s establishment of illegal settlements in the West Bank in order to foster a genuine peace in the region so that all people be accorded their inalienable human right to life, liberty and justice, values which we here in America and Canada cherish and hold to the highest degree of expectation.