Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Reflections on the general political situation

Posted on Sep 11, 2018

Mr. Sami El-Yousef, Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate, offers reflections on the general political situation.

The past period has witnessed many developments on the ground that leaves little hope that a peaceful resolution in Israel / Palestine is coming anytime soon.

The one-sided positions of the current US administration represented by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and taking it “off the negotiating table”; by allowing unrestricted settlement construction; and more recently trying to dismantle UNRWA and disrupt educational, healthcare and social services to millions of Palestinian refugees in the region will in no way contribute to making peace and ensure justice and equality to all, and preserve the universal human rights to all.

Additionally, Israel introduced racist laws by enacting the unnecessary Nation State law creating a double system based on one’s religion.

The Palestinians continue to be in disarray as they are engaged in internal conflict with little regard to the suffering of the people, especially in Gaza. And mentioning Gaza, it keeps going from bad to worse and the humanitarian situation there is simply appalling with no electricity or clean water supplies, coupled with an open sewage system, not to mention an unemployment rate of some 45% (over 70% amongst youth and women). This is the part of my reflections that is simply very depressing and in many ways requires a miracle to change.