British-Hungarian journalist Arthur Koestler described the controversial 1917 Balfour Declaration, which favored the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, as "one nation promising another nation the land of a third nation." Three years short of a century after the declaration, Britain is on the verge of coming full circle. On Oct.
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"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."
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Last week, Hamas fired rockets at the Tel Aviv airport in Israel, and one of them hit and destroyed a home. All the family was out; no one was hurt. But a woman who lived there was quoted on "NBC Nightly News," saying about the Arabs, "I wish they'd all die."
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Catholic leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticized Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians.
"Using the death of the three Israelis to exact collective punishment on the Palestinian people as a whole and on its legitimate desire to be free is a tragic exploitation of tragedy and promotes more violence and hatred," said a statement Tuesday from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.
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Pope Francis urged the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to act with courage and end what he called the "spiral of hatred and violence."
To be a witness to Jesus means taking some real steps that be unpopular. Yet, doesn’t Francis show us how to do it? He shows us the way — the way of Jesus.