Palestinian Christian clerics: Europe should recognize Palestinian statehood

October 10, 2014 19:17

A number of senior Palestinian Christian clerics urged European states on Friday to recognize a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, AFP reported.

In an open letter penned by three Palestinian leaders from the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran churches, the clergymen said the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the definition of Israel's borders were paramount to achieving peace. "From Jerusalem, our occupied capital, we send our urgent message to the whole world and particularly to Europe -- we are yearning for justice and peace," AFP quoted the letter signed by former Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, Greek Orthodox archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah (Theodosios) Hanna, and Lutheran World Federation president Bishop Munib Younan.

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