Yesterday we reached 1000 signatures on our online petition, and hundreds more are being submitted on paper. If we are going to reach the ears of the Israeli Ministry of Interior, and prevent the military college being built on the Mount of Olives, we need more voices to join ours!
Please sign our online petition here, and ask you friends to do likewise!
Remember that the current consultation period for Israeli citizens ends on 18th December, so we have little time left.
You can find the online version of the petition here.
You can download a paper version of the petition, and find other ideas for opposing the plans here.
If you’d like to read some of the reasons people have given for signing the petition, have a look at Why people are signing.
‘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.
‘The United Reformed Church Peace Fellowship strongly objects to the building of a military academy on the sensitive site of the Mount of Olives. The decision to build a military academy on this site can only be seen as a deliberately provocative and likely to exacerbate the difficulties of finding a peaceful solution to the present situation in the area.’
If you have printed off a paper version of the petition, you can either scan it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send it by post to Hannah, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX. Paper versions of the petition are available here.
If you would like to sign the petition online, you can do so here.
In recent days statements of support have been published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England), the Methodist Peace Fellowship, the Baptist Peace Fellowship and the United Reformed Church Peace Fellowship in the UK
Meanwhile a number of faith-based news sites from different parts of the world have picked up the story about a military college on the Mount of Olives, and are encouraging their readers to take action.
These include Ekklesia: Outrage at plans for military base on Mount of Olives, CathNews New Zealand: Mount of Olives military academy prompts protest independent catholic news: HOLY LAND: SACRED SITES IN DANGER – URGENT PETITION, Baptist Times: Baptist Peace Fellowship objects to Mount of Olives military academy proposal, The Friend: Mount of Olives Military base protest, Associated Baptist Press: Military college planned for holy mount
Why not contact the media in your city and ask them to share the news as well? Email peaceonthemount[at]riseup.net if you’d like tips on how to do this.
From the President of the Baptist Peace Fellowship:
‘I write to object to the proposal to build a military academy on the sensitive site of the Mount of Olives. This place where Jesus refused to take arms to prevent his arrest by temple guards has long been place of pilgrimage and a symbol of peace. In addition the proposed site lies in an area the responsibility for which has remained disputed for many years and therefore the plan to build a military academy there is also particularly provocative.’