U.S. bishop says Palestinians in Cremisan Valley ‘have lost hope’

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January 11, 2016

A delegation of bishops from North America, Europe and South Africa stand in front of an Israeli border police jeep Jan. 10 near the Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley in Beit Jalla, West Bank.  (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) See HLC-BISHOPS-CREMISAN Jan. 11, 2016.

A delegation of bishops from North America, Europe and South Africa stand in front of an Israeli border police jeep Jan. 10 near the Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley in Beit Jalla, West Bank. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

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.

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