Jerusalem Violence

Palestinian sells souvenirs to cars passing through checkpoint at Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem.

Ending a year that saw a papal visit, a war in Gaza and the resumption of unrest in Jerusalem, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal’s Christmas message condemned all instances of violence. “We condemn the Gaza war and deplore its dramatic consequences, killing and destruction, but at the same time, we condemn any category of violence and retaliation against innocent people, such as the killing of people praying in a synagogue and attacks against mosques,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, our beloved holy city of Jerusalem has been flowing with blood and tears. We do not want any religious antagonism in the holy city, whose vocation is to be the city of peace and interreligious coexistence,” the patriarch said, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “find and facilitate a solution.”

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