DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     February 1, 1999     vol. 10, no. 21

NEWS & VIEWS
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US RELIGIOUS LEADERS DEMAND END TO ABUSES AGAINST PALESTINIANS

          WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - More than 1,000 US Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders called on President Bill Clinton this week to link foreign aid for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to improvements in their human rights records for Palestinians.

          The petition said federal law prohibits military or economic aid to countries "engaging in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." The group cited reports from human rights groups that both the Israeli and Palestinian governments have violated the rights of Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.

          They noted Israel's expansion of settlements, use of torture on prisoners, confiscation of land, and destruction of homes, as well as the Palestinian Authority's use of torture, secret trials, and press censorship. "As religious leaders ... we believe Palestinian-Israeli peace is only possible if based on justice, human rights and self-determination for Israeli Jews and Palestinian Christians and Moslems," the petition said.

          The petition also called for any peace accord to include a recognition of the unique religious significance of Jerusalem.


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February 1, 1999       volume 10, no. 21
NEWS & VIEWS

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