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Catholic bishops in Holy Land decry treatment of Palestinians

February 18, 2016

The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land have issued a statement lamenting the "inhuman" conditions in which the Palestinian people are living, the Fides news service reports.

The Justice and Peace commission of the Catholic bishops' conference lodged objections to the occupation of Palestinian lands, the demolition of homes, the humiliating searches at checkpoints, the piecemeal takeover of Palestinian properties in Jerusalem, and the siege conditions in the Gaza Strip. 

The bishops' commission said that in the absence of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the situation is "stagnant and lifeless, with no light of hope, not for the Israelis who need security and tranquility, neither for the Palestinians who wait for the end of the occupation and an independent state."


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  • Posted by: space15796 - Feb. 19, 2016 3:17 AM ET USA

    The bishops decry the humiliating conditions the Palestinians live in? Maybe they could educate the Palestinians about living peaceably with their neighbors. It is deplorable that Palestinian parents can look in the eyes of their innocent children and continue to conduct their lives in such a way that their children's' futures are dismal and bleak. Love doesn't do that. Parental love demands the parent adjust their behavior to provide the best future for their children.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 18, 2016 9:35 PM ET USA

    Good for the Bishops who have called attention to this terrible situation! The mainstream news media refuses to show it.