International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

29 November is International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, created in 1977 by the UN General Assembly. Father Raed, Director of Caritas Jerusalem, one of our partners, has written the following message.
 
Dear friends,
 
Since 1948, we Palestinians have experienced dispossession and exile. Our Diaspora counts today more than 9 million people all over the world.
 
Since 1967, we Palestinians continue to live under occupation. Checkpoints, the Separation wall, lack of access to farmlands and violations are part of our daily life.
 
After decades of fruitless negotiations and faced with a shrinking homeland, nothing has changed. In fact things are getting from bad to worse. Separation, segregation, violation, demolition, animosity and disrespect for basic human rights are all on the rise.
 
It has been a very hard year for us. The war in Gaza, the unrest in the West Bank, the ongoing tension in Jerusalem has devastated all the fragile resources of the Palestinian population in the Holy Land.
 
Due to the deterioration of the situation, lack of progress in the peace talks and the expansion of the settlements mistrust and enmity between people have increased. Failing to overcome mistrust will only condemn further generations of Palestinians and Israelis to more conflict and more suffering.
 
Let us, on this International Day, pray that the parties cease provocations and create a environment conducive to meaningful negotiations.
 
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. 
 
The message we want to convey to our Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel is that only justice for the Palestinian people will bring forth the fruit of peace and security. Justice will enable both peoples to live in the beauty of peace in the Holy Land which should be and remain Holy.
 
Fr. Raed Abusahlia
General Director
Caritas Jerusalem