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17 May, 2015

Israel Blocks Catholic Peace Movement Secretary-General Entry to Palestine

BETHLEHEM, May 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Pax Christi International, a global Catholic Peace movement, deeply deplored Israel’s refusal to grant its Secretary General entry to Palestine to attend the World Assembly and 70th Anniversary Celebrations that took place in Bethlehem on May 13.

“Refused entry into Palestine/Israel by the Israeli authorities, José’s absence is a great sadness to us. We fully support our Secretary General. Knowing him to be a man of integrity, we can think of no reason why he should be refused entry,” stated a press release issued by the global movement.

Speaking from Amman, José expressed his strong disagreement with the decision of the Israeli border officials and added: ‘I am living this experience in deep solidarity with the Palestinian people. This is only a small part of what they have to experience when they are denied access to East Jerusalem for medical care, family reunions and even for religious celebrations.”

“One-hundred and fifty Pax Christi members, from all over the world have gathered in the birthplace of Jesus, a special place of peace and good will to all, a place of deep religious significance for us and for peace in the world. Here, we will renew our commitment to Justice and Forgiveness, Peace and Justice for all,’ concluded the Pax Christi International Board in Bethlehem.

Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict.