Israel-Palestine: Bishops with the Holy Land Coordination issue statement encouraging nonviolent resistance to occupation
This past week, Pax Christi International was represented by Co-President Marie Dennis at the 2017 Holy Land Coordination taking place in Palestine and Israel. Along with the bishops of the 2017 Holy Land Coordination, Dennis visited Gaza and the West Bank. The aim of the annual pilgrimage of the Holy Land Coordination is to show solidarity with and to support, especially Christian, communities in the area.
Following the pilgrimage, the bishops of the 2017 Holy Land Coordination have released a final communiqué calling for prayer, awareness and action after 50 years of occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Bishops from the U.S., Canada and Europe stated that Christians have a responsibility to oppose the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.