ASIA/HOLY LAND – Catholic bishops of the Holy Land: The plight of the Palestinians is “inhuman”
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) – The present situation for the Palestinians in Holy Land is “inhuman” because of “settlers who occupy, day after day, Palestinian land “, from the poverty suffered by a million and a half inhabitants in the besieged Gaza Strip, the systematic demolition of homes and the humiliation suffered by Israeli soldiers at checkpoints. This is the gloomy picture outlined in the latest report carried out by the “Justice and Peace” Commission – a body linked to the ordinary Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land – based on the data studied in the last ordinary meeting, which took place in early February.
The report, sent to Agenzia Fides, reflected on the human and ethical aspects and stated that 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”. The document, also stigmatizes the progressive process of total “Judaization” of the Holy City, and the slow expulsion from Jerusalem of its Palestinian inhabitants, struck indiscriminately by the accusation of terrorism.
The document contains an appeal to the Israeli leaders to “widen” one’s own vision and own heart, acknowledging that “there is enough space in the land for us all”. To the Palestinian leaders they say “let Israel and the world hear one unique voice, a voice of peace and justice for two peoples”.