A Franciscan priest baptizes a child during a ceremony at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud near the West Bank city of Jericho
To the Catholic Sentinel:
“Advocate for human rights for Palestinians,” was the message from the talk by Miko Peled at Ecumenical Ministries. We were the only Catholics attending and I was ashamed that it appeared Catholics don’t give much support to the Palestinian Christians. Our invitation to his talk came through Friends of Sabeel, who describe themselves as the Voice of the Palestinian Christians. Peled is author of The General’s Son, Israeli-born grandson of a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, and son of a general in the Israeli-initiated and victorious 1967 War.
Peled emphasized that there can be no argument that the human rights of the Palestinian people are blatantly disrespected by the Israeli government. Palestinians who have lived in Israel since before Israel became a state, and are Israeli citizens, still cannot own land. Those in the West Bank occupied by Israel since the 1967 War are stopped and inspected at numerous check points when traveling. Palestinians may be held without charges or trial for months. The U.S. sanctions other countries for human rights violations but still sends about $3 billion per year to Israel.
I urge all Catholics to support the human rights of all peoples, even Palestinians.