Christians have a responsibility to oppose the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, said bishops from the US, Canada and Europe.
“This de facto annexation of land not only undermines the rights of Palestinians in areas such as Hebron and East Jerusalem but, as the UN recently recognised, also imperils the chance of peace,” said bishops who participated in the Holy Land Coordination from 14th to 19th January.
‘So many people in the Holy Land have spent their entire lives under occupation, with its polarising social segregation, yet still profess hope and strive for reconciliation. Now, more than ever, they deserve our solidarity,’ said the statement, issued on 19th January, at the end of the visit.
Bishops representing the UK, US, Canada, South Africa and various European countries signed the statement.
Picture: Bishops from the UK, US, Canada and various European countries walk through a street in Hebron, West Bank on 16th January. (CNS photo/Marcin Mazur, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales).