The 18-member Caritas Internationalis delegation visited the Holy Land from September 15 to 19 2002 in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation and the gross violations of human rights in the region.
The delegation is appalled by the Israeli high-tech version of apartheid being implemented in the West Bank and Gaza. It is affronted by the construction of an encircling wall — longer and higher than the Berlin Wall — strangling Palestinian communities and dashing all hopes for the future. We are deeply concerned by the adverse short- and long-term effects of the occupation on the health and nutrition of Palestinian children, as underlined in a recent USAID report. Shocked by the constant sufferings and daily humiliations of the Palestinian people, which we have witnessed first hand, the delegation urgently calls for:
The delegation stresses that there can be no peace without justice. It also underlines that silence in the face of gross injustice is a form of complicity. As a confederation of 154 Catholic member organizations working in 198 countries and territories, Caritas Internationalis pledges the following:
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