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USCCB committee chair calls on Kerry to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Catholic World News - July 23, 2014

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has called upon Secretary of State John Kerry to work for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“Israelis should not have to live in fear of Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket attacks on civilian areas,” Bishop Richard Pates said in a letter. “At the same time, Palestinians should not have to live in fear for their lives from air and ground attacks or to suffer the humiliations of occupation.”

“In addition to seeking an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza, I urge you to reengage in the difficult, but essential, work of building a just and lasting peace,” he added. “Only the emergence of a viable and independent Palestinian state living alongside a recognized and secure Israel will bring the peace for which majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians yearn.”

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  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Jul. 24, 2014 3:58 PM ET USA

    Another bunch of USCCB committee heads that are ignorant or complicit. It is not just the "Palestinians" but Hamas which controls the area. They are bent on destroying and killing all of Israel. It is time to say it clearly that it is the Muslims who are at war with the world. Can't have a cease fire with someone who wants to destroy you. That is suicide and I thought the Church was against suicide.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 23, 2014 10:33 AM ET USA

    How about the forced exodus of Christians in Iraq or the ethnic cleansing operations by extremists in Syria or perhaps the butchery that is occurring in the Central African Republic? What do all of these have in common?

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