On February 25/26, in criminally motivated acts, Israeli settlers set fire to a church and a mosque in occupied Jerusalem. These deeds were then followed with graffiti drawings threatening the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites throughout the occupied state of Palestine.

These despicable acts come one week after the essence of the freedom of religion or belief was once again torn to pieces by the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by representatives of the so-called “Islamic State” in Libya.

The essence of religion is the wellbeing of human beings to live peacefully and to give back to each other within their communities. These acts of violence were cowardly and unacceptable; the holy city of Jerusalem should be a symbol of peace and harmony between three religions who in turn form communities based on solidarity regardless of politically oriented thought.

The Geneva Centre would like to emphasize that such acts violate the relevant provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on Human Rights.

Furthermore, these individuals and any governments affiliated with the perpetration of such acts of racism and violence should be held accountable and swiftly brought to justice.

The Geneva Centre deplores all acts of violence and racism, particularly the ones targeting freedom of religion or belief and places of worship — at all times, in all circumstances.


“…we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” Luke 9:49-50 (Holy Bible)


“…Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” Chapter 60, Verse 8 (Holy Q’ran)

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