February 18 - Catholic Church in Israel blames Jewish state for current Palestinian violence
Article: Israel And The Last Days
A group of the most senior Catholic clerics in Israel, headed by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, accused Israel on Thursday of responsibility for the recent wave of Palestinian violence, saying Israeli policy has created despair and frustration among Palestinians, leading them to carry out acts of terrorism.
Twal is the president of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries and is the most senior Catholic cleric in Israel. Thursday’s statement asserted that the current situation for Palestinians was “inhuman,” and said that settlements, the “siege of Gaza,” the “siege of the rest of Palestine,” military checkpoints, house demolitions “and the arbitrary behavior of Israeli soldiers humiliating the Palestinians” have led to the last five months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli civilians and security personnel.
The declaration from the Latin Patriarchate also said that the “Judaization” of Jerusalem was a factor in spurring Palestinian violence. The Catholic clerics failed, however, to make mention of incitement to violence within Palestinian society, on social media or from PA officials, although the document did say that “Israelis need security and tranquility.”