Patients Wesam Ahmad Abu Matar, 13, and Hana'a Ahmad Abu Matar, 2, at the Caritas mobile clinic in Al Sawarha City, an impoverished area lacking medical services in the west of the Gaza Strip.Credit: Katie Orlinsky/Caritas 2010
By Claudette Habesch, Secretary General, Caritas Jerusalem
In his personal statement for one of the universities, my 17 year old grandson wrote, “A Palestinian Christian from Jerusalem, I was born close to the birth of the Oslo Peace Accord, and grew up with the hope of a just solution and prosperity. I witnessed the disappointing collapse of the peace talks, and now, I will graduate from high school under the cloud of a political stalemate and internal Palestinian strife ”.
To read a statement of a young man with his future ahead of him, commencing with hope and ending with uncertainty, a sentiment shared by all Palestinians, made me realize the immense need of solidarity with the Palestinian people. And where else to look other than towards the United Nations, a bastion of justice and a refuge of those with just causes. Continue reading
Children play in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on Earth. An Israeli blockade has left much of the war-damage unrepaired. Credit Katie Orlinsky/Caritas
in French (Thanks Caritas Canada)
Lord God of All,
we come to you
as Caritas sisters and brothers from the four corners of the world, refugees and relatives.
We come as people who know suffering and struggle, as families and communities with hope.
We come with respect, compassion and informed solidarity with our Palestinian sisters and brothers. We ask you hear our prayer. We ask you hear their prayer for peace, justice, equal rights and human dignity.
By Joseph Cornelius Donnelly, Caritas Delegate at the UN
For the 33rd year since 1977, the international community summons world attention to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people on 29 November. The United Nations General Assembly Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is mandated to acknowledge the need for and engage critical opportunities for solidarity and recognition. Continue reading