Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator
|   No Spanish version at this time
FOLLOW US  Click to go to Facebook.  Click to go to Twitter.  Click to go to YouTube.   TEXT SIZE Click to make text small. Click for medium-sized text. Click to make text large.  
 

Bishop Pates Calls On Administration To Negotiate Cease Fire Between Israel, Gaza

 
November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON—The United States should provide leadership to end the cycle of violence and retaliation currently unfolding between Gaza and southern Israel, according to a letter to the Obama administration from the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

"An immediate cease fire must be negotiated as a precondition so that leaders on both sides can give Israelis and Palestinians hope for a different future free of fear and full of promise," Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, said in his November 20 letter to National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon.

Bishop Pates wrote that Israel has a right to defend its citizens following "morally unjustifiable" rocket attacks from Gaza that killed at least three Israeli civilians, but its use of force must be proportionate and discriminate. "The media report that Israeli air attacks have killed about 100 Palestinians and wounded many more," Bishop Pates wrote. "The Director of Caritas Jerusalem noted that the hospitals in Gaza are 'overwhelmed with casualties' and is appealing for supplies. This continuing violence has serious implications for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for regional stability."

Bishop Pates urged the U.S. government to work to end this latest violence "before it spirals further out of control." He added, "Violence will not bring peace to the region; it will only reinforce historic hurts and deepen divisions, making peace even more remote."

The full text of the letter is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/israel-palestine/upload/2012-11-Ltr-to-Donilon-on-Gaza-violence.pdf

---

Keywords: Bishop Richard E. Pates, Des Moines, Iowa, International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Israel, Gaza, rocket attacks, National Security Advisor, Thomas E. Donilon

# # # # #

MEDIA CONTACT ONLY:
Don Clemmer
O: 202-541-3206



By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This link is provided solely for the user's convenience. By providing this link, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops assumes no responsibility for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or sponsoring organizations.

cancel  continue