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Palestinians will resent US veto of statehood vote, bishop says

Catholic World News - September 20, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is asking for UN status as an observer, and a vote on that petition would be tantamount to UN recognition of a Palestinian state. Bishop William Shomali, an auxiliary of the Jerusalem patriarchate, tells Vatican Radio that Palestinians will be dismayed if the US exercises its veto power on the Security Council to block a vote on the Palestinian request.

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  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Sep. 20, 2011 9:11 PM ET USA

    The Christians (of all denominations) in the Holy Land are between a rock and a hard place. The Israelis don't like or trust them because the vast majority are Arabs; the other Arabs don't like them because they are not Muslim. Yet, they are descendents of the original Holy Land Christians -- there hundreds of years before Islam. They are like the Catholic Irish when Ireland was ruled by England. They are as pro-Israeli as the Irish Catholics were pro-British, and for good reason.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 20, 2011 7:16 PM ET USA

    The Catholics in Israel tend to identify themselves as Palestinian, though the Muslim Palestinians don't much care for them either. It doesn't matter that the terrorist groups run things in the Palestinian areas, nor that the heritage of these groups lies with the Nazis during and after WWII. These are the same terrorists that kept the church in Bethlehem hostage. Giving them status in the UN? I thought countries were fighting terrorism-I guess we don't need Homeland Security anymore!

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