His Beatitude Emeritus
Patriarch Michael Sabbah

I see in this group of Muslim and Christian believers, who opted for the path of dialogue, an example to emulate and a religious necessity by which each believer strengthens his faith.

For each believer becomes more faithful to God when he believes in his fellow man. According to St. John’s First letter (4:20):

If anyone says, “I love God”, and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Each believer is in need of Al-Liqa’ Center’s programs, in order to adjust his path to God in light of the reality in which his fellow man lives, so as to know him and to serve him better.

By listening to others we pay tribute to God and by abasing others we depart from God’s commandment. On the other hand, ignorance of others is a diminution of God’s right and man’s right.

Dialog is one of the characteristics of the local church and of this country, given the great variety of its religious and cultural communities.

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Al-liqa Visitors

Italian Pilgrims Visit Al-liqa Center
1 July 2014

Dr. Geries S. Khoury presented an overview of the Center as well as living conditions in Palestine and what is happening in the majority of Arab countries as far as violence and killings which are supported by several Arab and Western countries. Political and religious extremism threaten stability and security in the Middle East and the world... . . . .


The Board of Trustees of Al-Liqa' Center, its President H.B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah, and Al-Liqa's working committees and staff would like to extend their warmest and heartfelt greetings to Al-Liqa's benefactors and friends throughout the world and to fellow Muslims at home and abroad on Al-Fitr Feast. We, at Al-Liqa', hope that this holy event will bring peace and tranquility to all people in the Holy Land, in the region, and to the rest of the world.

 Al-Liqa Activities

Al-Liqa’ Center and Sabeel Center

Muslims and Christians condemned the Israeli war on Gaza

Tens of leading personalities and Christian Muslim clerics attended this gathering which was sponsored by Al-Liqa’ and Sabeel Centers. Prior to the joint Iftar, H.B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah welcomed this large gathering and spoke of present tragic developments in Gaza and concluded his remarks by stressing that we will be victorious because we have the right despite that the Israelis possess the most advanced destructive arms. . . more

16 July 2014
Bethlehem Hotel - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa New Publications:

Al-liqa' Newsletter in Arabic,  Volume 24, June 2014
Al-liqa' Newsletter in English,  Volume 48, June 2014
Al-liqa' Journal in English,  Volume 42, June 2014
Al-liqa' Journal in Arabic,  Volume 1-2, year 2014
Fr. Rafiq Khoury book in Arabic

Al-Liqa Lecture

Lecture titled:

The Challenges which face Christians in our country and proposals to solve them

Lecture by Dr. Geries S. Khoury

Wednesday 25 June 2014
Kufr Kanna

Al-Liqa Youth Program

Al-Liqa’s Youth (Young People):
Educational and Entertainment Visit to Jericho and Surroundings

Al-Liqa Center organized a field trip to the youth. George Maria, Sima Ghawali and Marian Basous who are in charge of Al-Liqa’s Youth Section took part in this visit. Accompanying them was Dr. Geries S. Khoury, director of Al-Liqa’ Center. Mr. Iyad Qumsieh of Alternative Tourism in Beit Sahour, was the tourist guide who led the group in this visit.. . . more

11 June 2014

Al-Liqa Study Day

Al-Liqa’ Center’s Study Day in English titled “Arab Christian Heritage in the Holy Land”

The study day on “Arab Christian Heritage in the Holy Land” was attended by members of the diplomatic service, Church organizations, NGO’S representatives and expatriates. The main aim of it is to inform and familiarize them with the Christian Arab Heritage in Palestine. Group members were welcomed on behalf of H.B. Michael Sabbah, President of the Board of Trustees of Al-Liqa’. . . more

6 June 2014
Bethlehem Hotel - Bethlehem

Thesis Discussion

M.A. Thesis of Rania Atallah at the University of Bir Zeit titled:
“The Relation between the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Clergy and the Greek Orthodox Parishioners”

A discussion of the thesis was held at the university campus of Bir Ziet. The defender of the thesis was Ms Rania Sameer Mitri Atallah who worked under the supervision of Dr. Zuheir Al-Sabbagh. Dr. Geries S. Khoury was a member of the examiners while Dr. Saleem Tamari was the other examiner. . . . more

5 June 2014
Bir Zeit, West Bank, PNA

 Al-Liqa Wednesday Fourm

A Panel titled:
“A Reading of His Holiness Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 24-26 May 2014”

H.E. Bishop William Shomali, the first panelist, followed with an overview of organizing the visit of the Pope and the ecumenical aspect of the visit which was seen in the meeting between the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, Bartholomew, in the holy Sepulcher church. The Pope then met with the Mufti of Jerusalem. . . . more

4 June 2014
Al-Liqa’s Lecture Hall - Bethlehem


A Letter to His Holiness Pope Francis I
C/o His Eminence Bishop Joseph Lazarotto, Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem

Several Palestinian personalities comprising religious leaders, politicians, noted personalities, societies, civil bodies, trade unions conveyed in this letter to His Holiness the Palestinian situations / problem explaining in it the pressing issues facing the Palestinian people and kindly asking His Holiness to pressure international bodies to achieve justice for the Palestinian people and for peace in the Holy Land. (See the full text of the letter)

May 12, 2014

Al-Liqa Publication

New Publication from Al-Sabeel and Al-Liqa’ Centers

Al-Muqawama As-Silmiyya Fi Al-Islam Wal Masihiya
(Peaceful Resistance in Islam and Christianity)

Content includes the proceedings of the study day under the same title which took place in Beit Sahur, Palestine on 20 April 2013. The focus of the proceedings was on peaceful resistance in Palestine, non-violence and Islam...

May 2014

 Al-Liqa Wednesday Fourm

A lecture titled
 “Christians in Israel: Worries and Challenges”
By Dr. Geries S. Khoury

Tens of religious leaders among them H.B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah, Bishop Atallah Hanna, the Mufti of Bethlehem Governorate Sheikh Abd al-Majid, scholars, politicians and others from the community, men and women, attended Dr. Geries Khoury’s lecture on “Arab Christians in Israel: Worries and Challenges”, which was moderated by Mr. Mousa Darwish. Dr. Geries focused in the beginning on a survey of the demographics of Christians in Israel since 1931 and the difficulty which Christians faced since the foundation of Israel up to the present...

Al-Liqa’ Center Lecture Hall
20 May 2014

 Al-Liqa Participation

Al-Liqa Center participated the Conference on
“Nablus… The City of Shared Living”

To this conference tens of personalities, Christian, Muslim and Samaritan religious leaders were present and many scholars and politicians. A delegation of seven persons from Al-Liqa Center attended the conference. The deputy mayor of Nablus welcomed the gathering. He was followed by a number of academicians who focused their research on national unity and shared living pointing out all negative developments in the Arab world such as the killing and destruction in the name of religion and democracy and with the support of Arabs, Westerners and Israeli...more

An-Najah University- Nablus
30 April 2014


Scientific Research

Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land announces
the publication of refereed researches in different subjectsts

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