‘The Fellowship of Reconciliation, England was founded in 1914 in response to the horrors of war in Europe. Throughout its history, the Fellowship has taken a consistent stance against war and its preparation. Perceiving the need for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in the world the Fellowship formulated a vision of the human community based upon the belief that Love in action has the power to transform unjust political, social and economic structures.
It is therefore of great concern and an outrage that Israel has chosen to commit such a provocative act as to even think of building a military academy on the Mount of Olives. Not only is the decision to do so deliberately provocative, but it is likely to inflame and exacerbate the difficulties facing those who are seeking a nonviolent peaceful solution to the Israeli/Palestine situation.
The significance of the Mount of Olives to many religions in general and to the followers of Christ in particular is undoubtedly well known by all Israelis. For nonviolent peace makers, Jesus was and remains humanity’s greatest peace advocate.’
Millius Palayiwa, Director.