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Palestinians being stripped of land, rights, American bishop reports

January 16, 2017

An American bishop told Vatican Radio that “the tension is palpable” in the Holy Land as prospects for a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine founder.

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, reported on his experiences traveling as part of the Holy Land Coordination, which annually sends bishops from Europe, South Africa, and North America to visit Christians in the troubled region. He said that there are “some small signs” of movement toward peace, but “it’s one step forward and two or three steps backward.”

Bishop Cantu expressed regret particularly for the continued growth of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories, which involve “just a gradual taking-over of land and closing the possibility of a two-state solution.” He lamented that “the Palestinian people are becoming a people without a land, and they are certainly people without rights.”

 
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  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 17, 2017 4:11 AM ET USA

    There is a coordinated one-sided narrative in the “main stream media” that uses every opportunity to dehumanize the Palestinian people. Very unfortunately, that massive unjust narrative dupes even those who consider themselves “faithful Christians.” Thank God for the few brave men, like Bishop Oscar Cantu, who actually visit the Holy Land beyond brief guided tours, and are not afraid to give voice to the truly voiceless.

  • Posted by: ALC - Jan. 16, 2017 10:03 PM ET USA

    Surely this Bishop has read the Old Testament?? Israel has always been Jewish land, or as it is commonly known, The Promised Land. God gave it to the Jews.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2017 9:43 PM ET USA

    Visit "open Bethlehem"

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 16, 2017 8:19 PM ET USA

    Another American Bishop having a pity party for the Palestinians who continue to commit terrorist attacks on Israeli territory. Read history realize this all Jewish lands. Notice not one of Arab countries are offering space. This is all about the destruction of Israel. Maybe we will learn some day not to be suckered into the Islamic ploy.