- The destruction of Palestinian
- Unfortunately it is not new! The
practice is old. Families' expulsions are already a scandal,
but to put down houses it is really a shame. Shame on a country
that is pursuing such practices!
Destroying homes it is destroying families.
These families built these houses with their hands. They had
to borrow money to build them. They put their pride and hope
in them to live in peace.
When a country destroys homes, it is destroying itself because
it puts its strength on unjustness.
When a country destroys homes, it clearly
indicates that it does not want peace. It is behaving like an
opponent to the right of the others. It wants to be sure that
everybody understands that the Palestinians are living in occupied
Territories: they are under occupation. The Palestinians know
it since 1948!
- In occupied Territories, the occupant
is the master. He decides
what he wants. He obstructs the free circulation of the Palestinians,
preventing them to work and mocking their rights. The most shameful
is the destruction of their homes. As the Latin Patriarch said
so rightly to Israeli Authority: " If you want to destroy
something, destroy churches but not houses"
With the French delegation we have been invited in a Palestinian
camp near Jerusalem. Twelve families were notified that their
house will be destroyed. Till sunset these families expressed
to us their despair: "If our house is destroyed, we lose
Reducing the violence will not help. We have to go at the root
of the violence. The Palestinians are under occupation by the
Israeli. They are humiliated every day. They are considered like
second rank citizens, their rights are denied.
In the past, when I was going to Palestine, I was sharing their
hope, today I am sharing their powerless.