NCR Today: Synod on the family starts this weekend; Kansas City sexual abuse lawsuit on trial; Obama administration criticizes Israel; Filipino activists began climate walk
Most of the world recognizes the Palestinian cause as just, and most believe Palestinians are in need of justice. They and their descendants have lived on the land of historic Palestine since time immemorial, yet today, close to 4 million of them live in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem under different forms of Israeli military occupation.
"There is no price too high to pay for peace. [We need] the international community to coalesce to help both parties to come together."
The picture was perfect. Four patriarchs of the Maronite, Melkite, Syrian Orthodox and Syrian Catholic churches with the catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church sat side by side on the stage on Thursday in Washington at the In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit. More remarkable was the coherence of the patriarchs' message: Not just Christians, but all religions of the Middle East, including Islam and Judaism, need protection. The future of the region, they declared, must be found in pluralism and inclusion.
"We refuse to hate. No one can force us to hate. It's easy to say; difficult to live, of course. For us, it is very difficult."
The Times of Israel is reporting that Israel’s military legal branch is investigating five cases of alleged misconduct among Israeli Defense Forces during the recently halted 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict.
According to the news site, the cases include:
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism in the world today.
NCR Today: A straightforward, undisputed analysis of offenses in the conflict, whether by Hamas or Israel, will probably be hard to come by. But the U.N. is going to try.
The Gaza conflict is appearing to be at an end, but where does it leave Israel and Palestine? Where other ceasefires have failed could teach important lessons to avert a fourth conflict.
With the Gaza cease-fire talks in Egypt stalled again, efforts have shifted to the United Nations and a possible Security Council resolution. France, Germany and Britain have circulated elements of such a resolution with the critical support of the United States.