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Naim Ateek, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Sabeel’s position is to welcome the Road Map as offered by the Quartet for implementation… If the Palestinians are assured that by 2005 the Road Map, in spite of some meanderings, will lead to a viable, democratic, independent, and sovereign Palestine state on all the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war, and resolve the issues of Jerusalem, refugees, and settlements in accordance with UN resolutions, most Palestinians would enthusiastically support it. It is only then that hope will replace the present apathy and despair, and end the cycle of violence, because the prospect of a just peace will begin to loom in the horizon and the dawn of a new and brighter day for all the people of our land will be anticipated. It is only then that the Road Map would have reached its true destination. It would be the road that leads to life and freedom.”

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center Position on Road Map, Jerusalem May 26, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem, 1992-present
  • Parish priest of the Palestinian Congregation and canon, St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, 1985-1997
Education:
  • PhD, San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • MA, Church Divinity School, Berkeley CA
  • BA, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas
Other:
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