Side by Side

1 Aug

Visitors to my house sometimes ask, “What’s the other flag?” I enjoy responding, “It’s the flag of Israel.” From them, “No, I know that one. The other one.” From me, “The American flag.” From them, “No, the other one!” 

Many people are not used to seeing or recognizing the Palestinian flag. Over the front door of my home the Palestinian, American and Israeli flags fly side by side. 

Pope Benedict XVI, January 11, 2010: “Once again I call for a universal recognition of the right of the State of Israel to exist and to enjoy peace and security within internationally recognized borders. Likewise, the right of the Palestinian people to a sovereign and independent homeland, to live in dignity and to enjoy freedom of movement, ought to be recognized. I would also like to request the support of everyone for the protection of the identity and sacred character of Jerusalem, and of its cultural and religious heritage, which is of universal value.”

Peace with justice for all who live in the Holy Land! 

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