The Israeli “military occupation of Palestine” is the “root cause” of the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said three retired Christian leaders.
The statement – released amid growing tensions over Israel’s US-sanctioned bid to officially annex parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley – was signed by retired Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, retired Anglican Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal and retired Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan.
“It is time to act in order to extinguish the destructive fires raging in the Holy Land. The solution is known. Only a just peace will put end to hatred, to oppression and the suffering of so many in the land made holy by God,” said the statement. The three leaders called on Israel to “defuse the tension and comply with UN resolutions,” which recognise Israel and Palestine existing side by side.
“No more one people against the other, no more on people oppressing the other. All are equally children of God,” they said in the statement.
“Without a just peace, both Israelis and Palestinians will continue to suffer the consequences of perpetual conflict and strife,” they said.
Picture: Palestinians argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest near Hebron, West Bank, on 19th June 2020. Three retired Christian leaders released a new statement amid growing tensions over Israel’s US-sanctioned bid to officially annex parts of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley. (CNS photo/Mussa Qawasma, Reuters).