WASHINGTON—In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, stated the following:
"The violence in Gaza that has led
to the deaths of 60 Palestinians and injuries of more than 2,000 is deeply
troubling. Recognizing Israel's right to self-defense, it is difficult to
justify the death of protestors.
The protests by Palestinians are
fueled by desperation due to the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. I pray
for all those who have been killed or injured and for their families who are
I join with Pope Francis who on
Easter prayed, 'We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also
experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the
Prospects are dimming for a
two-state solution in which a viable and independent Palestine exists in peace
with a secure Israel, with Jerusalem as a shared capital. Moving the U.S.
Embassy to Jerusalem was a provocative and unhelpful step in the pursuit of
Understanding that violence is not
the answer, I join with all people of good will in praying for a peaceful
resolution to this long-standing conflict."