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Catholic, Anglican leaders: Palestinian homeland needed for justice

Recognition of a national homeland for Palestinians is required to achieve justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land, Catholic and Anglican leaders have announced.

They used the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, in which Britain declared its support for a Jewish state, to press for a two-state solution to decades of strife between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.

The Catholic Bishop of Clifton, Declan Lang, and the Anglican Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun, said in a joint statement that they wished to acknowledge ‘Britain’s past and future responsibilities to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples’.

‘Israel’s security and development are inseparable from the fulfillment of Palestinian aspirations to statehood,’ they said.

‘We renew our call on the UK government to recognise the right of the Palestinian people to belong to a state on their own lands, next to the state of Israel,’ they added.

Picture: Palestinian children in Ramallah, West Bank, hold signs during a protest marking the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on 2nd November. (CNS photo/Mohamad Torokman, Reuters).