Catholic Bishops 2017 Visit To Gaza: "Crippling Occupation Of West Bank Violates Human Dignity; Egregious Injustices & Random Violence Are A Scandal, Man-Made Catastrophe"
By Martin Hill
February 21, 2017



"It has been fifty years of tumult and turbulence, of egregious injustices and random acts of violence.

"...This is a scandal to which we must never become accustomed.

"...Our Coordination has called for justice and peace every year since 1998, yet the suffering continues. So this call must get louder.

"...We all have a responsibility to provide assistance for the people of Gaza, who continue to live amid a man-made humanitarian catastrophe."

An international contingent of Roman Catholic Bishops took their annual trip to Palestine in January, and Archbishop Oscar Cantu of New Mexico, who serves as Chairman of the Vatican's Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding Israel's occupation of the West Bank.

Here is that letter in full, followed by the letter signed by bishops from several countries who went on the trip to Gaza. has reported extensively on these trips for several years, and this is something which is barely mentioned, if at all, in the corporate Zionist-controlled media.

Letter To Secretary Tillerson On Israel And Palestine

February 1, 2017

The Honorable Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State
2201 C Street
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Tillerson:

As Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I congratulate you on your recent confirmation as Secretary of State. May your tenure mark a continuation of the long standing engagement between the State Department and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

I write to offer insights on Israel and Palestine based on my recent solidarity visit there along with bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States. Our communique is enclosed.

The year 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of a crippling occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, crippling for both peoples. In the words of our communique, the occupation violates "the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis." Settlement expansion on occupied Palestinian lands undermines a two-state solution, destroying the homes and the livelihoods of Palestinians as well as the long-term security and future of Israelis. I echo the call of Pope Francis:

I implore those in positions of responsibility to leave no stone unturned in the search for equitable solutions to complex problems, so that Israelis and Palestinians may live in peace. The path of dialogue, reconciliation and peace must constantly be taken up anew, courageously and tirelessly.

The route of the Israeli barrier in the Cremisan Valley near Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is an example of how occupation and land confiscations undermine peace, and in this case the Christian presence. The Cremisan Valley is home to a Salesian monastery, convent and school, and the agricultural lands of 58 Christian families who live in nearby Palestinian towns. The building of the wall constricts residents' movement, impairs access to their lands, separates Christian institutions from those they serve, and encourages Christian emigration. The Cremisan Valley is emblematic of the alarming number of Palestinians who have lost their homes and livelihoods. Settlement expansion, confiscation of lands and the building of the Separation Wall on Palestinian lands violate international law and undermine a diplomatic solution.

USCCB has long supported a two-state solution, a "secure and recognized Israel living in peace alongside a viable and independent Palestinian state." For this reason, we implore you to maintain the U.S. embassy in Tel-Aviv. Relocating the embassy to Jerusalem is tantamount to recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. In fact, decades ago, the international community determined that the status of Jerusalem is to be decided in negotiations as mutually agreed by Israel and Palestine. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would erode the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution, and is a threat to pursuing peace and ending conflict. Its impact would incite and destabilize the area, compromising U.S. security. As Pope Francis declares, "the two-state solution must become a reality and not merely a dream." The Holy See's recent recognition of the State of Palestine promotes a two-state solution in which Jerusalem is in the words of Pope Francis "preserved as the capital of the three religions, as a point of reference, as a city of peace."

Mr. Secretary, resolving the long-standing conflict will require arduous work. It will necessitate critical, continued engagement if we are to end fifty years of occupation and build a brighter future for both peoples. It has been fifty years of tumult and turbulence, of egregious injustices and random acts of violence. However, the United States has always provided leadership and support to the peace process. We continue to profess hope for a diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity of both Israelis and Palestinians and advances justice and peace for all.

Sincerely yours,

Most Reverend Oscar Cantu
Bishop of Las Cruces
Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Holy Land Coordination 2017 Communique

Fifty Years of Occupation Demands Action

For fifty years the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza have languished under occupation, violating the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis. This is a scandal to which we must never become accustomed.

Our Coordination has called for justice and peace every year since 1998, yet the suffering continues. So this call must get louder. As Bishops we implore Christians in our home countries to recognise our own responsibility for prayer, awareness and action.

So many people in the Holy Land have spent their entire lives under occupation, with its polarising social segregation, yet still profess hope and strive for reconciliation. Now, more than ever, they deserve our solidarity.

We all have a responsibility to oppose the construction of settlements. This de facto annexation of land not only undermines the rights of Palestinians in areas such as Hebron and East Jerusalem but, as the UN recently recognised, also imperils the chance of peace.

We all have a responsibility to provide assistance for the people of Gaza, who continue to live amid a man-made humanitarian catastrophe. They have now spent a decade under blockade, compounded by a political impasse caused by ill-will on all sides.

We all have a responsibility to encourage non-violent resistance which, as Pope Francis reminds us, has achieved great changes across the world. This is particularly necessary in the face of injustices such as the continued construction of the separation wall on Palestinian land including the Cremisan Valley.

We all have a responsibility to promote a two-state solution. The Holy See has emphasised that "if Israel and Palestine do not agree to exist side-by-side, reconciled and sovereign within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders, peace will remain a distant dream and security an illusion."

We all have a responsibility to help the local Church, its agencies, volunteers and NGOs. In the most testing circumstances they show great resilience and carry out life-changing work. It is our faith in God that gives us hope. It is the witness of Christians in the Holy Land and especially the young people we met that inspires us.

The Bible tells us: "You will declare this fiftieth year to be sacred and proclaim the liberation of all the country's inhabitants" [Leviticus 25:10]. During this fiftieth year of occupation we must pray for the liberty of everyone in the Holy Land and practically support all those working to build a just peace.

Bishop Declan Lang, England and Wales (Chair of the Holy Land Coordination)

Archbishop Riccardo Fontana, Italy

Bishop Stephen Ackermann, Germany

Bishop Peter Bürcher, Bishops' Conference of the Nordic Countries

Bishop Oscar Cantu, United States of America

Bishop Christopher Chessun, Church of England

Bishop Michel Dubost, France

Bishop Lionel Gendron, Canada

Bishop Felix Gmür, Switzerland

Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community

Bishop William Kenney, England and Wales

Bishop William Nolan, Scotland

With the support of:

Mgr. Duarte da Cunha, Council of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences in Europe

Fr. Peter-John Pearson, South African Bishops' Conference


In Spanish:
Carta Al Secretario Tillerson Sobre Israel Y Palestina

1 de febrero de, 2017

El Honorable Rex Tillerson
Secretario de Estado
2201 C Street
Washington, DC 20520

Estimado Secretario Tillerson:

Como Presidente de la Comisión de Justicia y Paz Internacional de la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos (USCCB), le felicito por su reciente la confirmación como Secretaria de Estado. Que su tenencia de marcar una continuación del compromiso de larga data entre el Departamento de Estado y la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos.

Escribo para ofrecer ideas sobre Israel y Palestina sobre la base de mi reciente visita solidaria allí junto con los obispos de Europa, Canadá, Sudáfrica y los Estados Unidos. Nuestra comunicado está encerrado.

El año 2017 marca el quincuagésimo aniversario de la ocupación paralizante de Cisjordania, Jerusalén Este y Gaza, agobiante para ambos pueblos. En las palabras de nuestro comunicado, la ocupación viola "la dignidad humana de los palestinos y los israelíes." expansión de los asentamientos en tierras palestinas ocupadas socava una solución de dos estados, la destrucción de los hogares y los medios de vida de los palestinos, así como la seguridad a largo plazo y el futuro de los israelíes. Me hago eco de la llamada de Francisco:

Imploro a aquellos en posiciones de responsabilidad de dejar piedra sin remover en la búsqueda de soluciones justas a los problemas complejos, por lo que los israelíes y palestinos puedan vivir en paz. El camino del diálogo, la reconciliación y la paz debe ser constantemente retomada, con valor y sin descanso.

La ruta de la barrera israelí en el Valle Cremisán cerca de Belén en los territorios palestinos ocupados es un ejemplo de cómo la ocupación de tierras y confiscaciones socavan la paz, y en este caso la presencia cristiana. El Valle Cremisán es el hogar de un monasterio salesiano, el convento y la escuela, y las tierras agrícolas de 58 familias cristianas que viven en las ciudades palestinas cercanas. La construcción del muro constriñe el movimiento de los residentes, perjudica el acceso a sus tierras, separa las instituciones cristianas de aquellos que sirven, y alienta la emigración de cristianos. El Valle Cremisán es un emblema de la alarmante número de palestinos que han perdido sus hogares y medios de vida. expansión de los asentamientos, la confiscación de tierras y la construcción del muro de separación en tierras palestinas en violación del derecho internacional y socavan una solución diplomática.

USCCB ha apoyado durante mucho tiempo una solución de dos estados, un "Israel seguro y reconocido que viva en paz junto a un Estado palestino viable e independiente." Por esta razón, imploramos a mantener la embajada estadounidense en Tel-Aviv. La reubicación de la embajada a Jerusalén equivale a reconocer a Jerusalén como la capital indivisible de Israel. De hecho, hace décadas, la comunidad internacional determinó que el estatus de Jerusalén tiene que ser decidido en las negociaciones de mutuo acuerdo entre Israel y Palestina. Traslado de la embajada a Jerusalén sería erosionar el compromiso de Estados Unidos a una solución de dos estados, y es una amenaza para la búsqueda de la paz y poner fin al conflicto. Su impacto podría incitar y desestabilizar la zona, poniendo en peligro la seguridad de Estados Unidos. Como declara Francisco, "la solución de dos estados debe ser una realidad y no simplemente un sueño." La Santa Sede'

Señor Secretario, la resolución del conflicto de larga data requerirá un trabajo arduo. Se hará necesario, seguido compromiso crítico si queremos poner fin a cincuenta años de ocupación y construir un futuro mejor para ambos pueblos. Ha sido cincuenta años de tumulto y la turbulencia, de injusticias flagrantes y actos de violencia al azar. Sin embargo, los Estados Unidos siempre ha proporcionado el liderazgo y el apoyo al proceso de paz. Seguimos a profesar la esperanza de una solución diplomática que respete la dignidad humana de los israelíes y los palestinos y los avances de la justicia y la paz para todos.

Sinceramente tuyo,

Monseñor Oscar Cantu
Obispo de Las Cruces
Presidente del Comité de Justicia y Paz Internacional Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos

Adj. Coordinación de Tierra Santa 2017 Comunicado

Cincuenta años de ocupación se requiere la acción

Durante cincuenta años, Cisjordania, Jerusalén Este y Gaza han languidecido bajo la ocupación, que viola la dignidad humana de los palestinos y los israelíes. Esto es un escándalo al que nunca hay que acostumbrarse.

Nuestra Coordinación ha llamado por la justicia y la paz cada año desde 1998, sin embargo, el sufrimiento continúa. Así que esta llamada debe volverse más alto. Como obispos imploramos cristianos en nuestros países de origen para reconocer nuestra propia responsabilidad para la oración, la conciencia y la acción.

Mucha gente en la Tierra Santa han pasado toda su vida bajo la ocupación, con su segregación social polarizante, y aún así profesar esperanza y luchar por la reconciliación. Ahora, más que nunca, que merecen nuestra solidaridad.

Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de oponerse a la construcción de asentamientos. Esta anexión de facto de tierras no sólo socava los derechos de los palestinos en áreas tales como Hebrón y Jerusalén Este, pero, como la ONU reconoció recientemente, también pone en peligro la posibilidad de la paz.

Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de proporcionar asistencia a la población de Gaza, que siguen viviendo en medio de una catástrofe humanitaria hecha por el hombre. Ahora han pasado una década bajo bloqueo, agravada por un estancamiento político causado por la mala voluntad en todos los lados.

Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de fomentar la resistencia no violenta que, como Francisco nos recuerda, ha logrado grandes cambios en todo el mundo. Esto es particularmente necesario de cara a las injusticias como la construcción continuada del muro de separación en tierra palestina, incluyendo el Valle Cremisán.

Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de promover una solución de dos estados. La Santa Sede ha hecho hincapié en que " si Israel y Palestina no están de acuerdo a existir lado a lado, reconcilia y soberano dentro de mutuo acuerdo y las fronteras internacionalmente reconocidas, la paz seguirá siendo un sueño lejano y seguridad una ilusión. "

Todos tenemos una responsabilidad para ayudar a la Iglesia local, sus organismos, los voluntarios y las ONG. En la mayoría de los casos de prueba que muestran una gran capacidad de recuperación y llevar a cabo el trabajo de cambio de vida. Es nuestra fe en Dios, que nos da esperanza. Es el testimonio de los cristianos en Tierra Santa y especialmente a los jóvenes que conocimos que nos inspira.

La Biblia nos dice: " Usted se declara este año cincuenta de ser sagrado y anunciar la liberación de todos los habitantes del país " [Levítico 25:10]. Durante este año cincuenta de ocupación debemos orar por la libertad de todos en la Tierra Santa y prácticamente apoyar a todos los que trabajan para construir una paz justa.

Obispo Declan Lang, Inglaterra y Gales (Presidente de la Coordinación de Tierra Santa)

Arzobispo Riccardo Fontana, Italia

Obispo Stephen Ackermann, Alemania

obispo Peter Bürcher, Conferencia Episcopal de los países nórdicos

Obispo Oscar Cantu, Estados Unidos de América

Obispo Christopher Chessun, Iglesia de Inglaterra

obispo Michel Dubost, Francia

Obispo Lionel Gendron, Canadá

Obispo Félix Gmür, Suiza

Obispo Nicholas Hudson, Comisión de las Conferencias Episcopales de la Comunidad Europea

obispo William Kenney, Inglaterra y Gales

Obispo William Nolan,

Escocia Con el apoyo de:
Mons. Duarte da Cunha, Consejo de las Conferencias Episcopales de Europa
P. Peter-John Pearson, Conferencia de Obispos de África del Sur '


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