January 11, 2016
BEIT JALLA, West Bank (CNS) — A U.S. bishop visiting the Holy Land for the second year in a row said Palestinians whose land has been divided by the Israeli separation barrier “have lost hope.”
“It was very sad to see the present situation where individuals have their lands confiscated and trees uprooted,” said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico. “This is a sign of something much larger. It seems to be a diminishing of the rights of Palestinians to be there and a lack of acknowledgment of their legitimate right to be present whether in the state of Israel or in Palestinian lands.”
Bishop Cantu and 12 bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America visited the Cremisan Valley Jan. 10 as part of the Holy Land Coordination, in which they come to show solidarity with Palestinian Christians.