Bishops visiting Holy Land urge governments to uphold international law
Bishops from Europe and North America visiting for the annual Holy Land Co-ordination said countries must reject political or economic support for settlements but address security concerns of Israel and the right of all to live in safety.
‘Our governments must do more to meet their responsibilities for upholding international law and protecting human dignity. In some cases they have become actively complicit in the evils of conflict and occupation,’ the bishops said in their final communique.
On the trip, which ran from 12th to 16th January, the bishops met with local Christian communities in Ramallah, West Bank; Jerusalem; and the Gaza Strip. They also met with Israeli and Palestinian representatives. The annual visit is designed to show support for the Holy Land’s Christian communities.
Noting that local bishops warned people were facing further ‘evaporation of hope for a durable solution’, the bishops said they had ‘witnessed this reality first-hand’ of how construction of settlements and the separation wall were “destroying any prospect of two states existing in peace’.
They called on their governments to take an active role in building a new political solution ‘rooted in human dignity for all’.
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