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Pax Christi International seeks new Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Pax Christi International has called for a new peace process to end violence among Israelis and Palestinians and assure fundamental human rights as defined by international law.

Saying that adherence to international law is critical for a peaceful world, on 1st December the Catholic peace organisation urged Israel and Palestine to return to negotiations and “begin a dialogue rooted in mutual respect for human rights and the dignity of the other.”

Pax Christi added that recognition of the full equality of Palestinians would be a strong step toward securing long-term peace.

Marie Dennis, co-president of the Catholic peace organisation, told Catholic News Service that the time has come “when we all need to find a way to start supporting what is a very difficult but critically important process.”

Pax Christi’s leadership is concerned that Israel’s actions – including the continued occupation of Palestinian land, expansion of settlements in the West Bank, demolition of Palestinian homes, continued work on the separation barrier and limits on the use of water – violate international law and must stop, Dennis said.

“We included in the statement our own sense of recognition of the unevenness of the process, of the extremely difficult conditions within which the Palestinian people are living,” Dennis said. “We absolutely believe (in) stopping the violations of international law, by all sides, of course, but there is a tremendous amount of inequality with what’s happening between Israel and Palestine.”

Picture: A Palestinian protester holds up a flower and gestures to Israeli soldiers during a protest on 19th February marking the 11th anniversary of a campaign against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Bil’in. (CNS photo/Mohamad Torokman, Reuters).