Eighteen bishops from the United States, after an eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land renewed their call for peace and for a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
“The local Christian community in Gaza described the nightly terror they suffered during the war,” they narrated.
The bishops recounted: The Christian community is emigrating at alarming rates. As we learned from Patriarch Fouad Twal, the unresolved conflict and occupation undermine human dignity and the ability of Christians to raise their families. Israeli policies in East Jerusalem prohibit Christians who marry someone from outside the City to remain there with their spouse, and security policies restrict movement and confiscate lands, undermining the ability of many Christian families to survive economically. The harsh realities of occupation force them to leave. Muslims also suffer similarly, but have fewer opportunities to emigrate.