ADL Dismayed by Catholic Conference Statement on Mideast Conflict
New York, NY, November 17, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
expressed dismay at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement on
the situation in the Middle East, saying it "sidesteps the underlying
problem of the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to curb the
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We are dismayed by the position taken by the National Conference of
Catholic Bishops on the situation in the Middle East. In their efforts to
deal with this issue even-handedly, they sidestep the underlying problem of
the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to curb the violence or to
protect Jewish holy sites from being vandalized and desecrated. We
appreciate their calls for a return to negotiations and for secure borders
for Israel, but this cannot happen without the full cessation of hostilities
on the part of the Palestinians.
Furthermore, the Catholic Bishops call for international guarantees for
the protection of religious holy sites, but access to these sites have never
been denied under Israeli sovereignty. Unfortunately, the same cannot be
said for when the Arabs have had control of these sites.
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