Palestinian Christian Leaders call on Honduras to Recognise Palestinian State

PNN – Palestine News Network – 15.08.11 – 11:45

Bethlehem – PNN – Palestinian Christian leaders from Bethlehem have called upon Honduras to recognise Palestine as an independent state at the United Nations in September. 

The message was delivered in a letter to the Honduran Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati, signed by the mayors of Bethlehem (Dr. Victor Batarseh), Beit Jala (Raji Zeidan),  and Beit Sahour (Hani Hayek) as well as members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Fayez Saqqa and Fouad Kokali and the head of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Samir Hazboun.
The letter stated that “What we seek is the establishment of a free and sovereign Palestinian state as well as the consolidation of our natural and historic rights. This does not violate the rights of anyone. On the contrary, it is a great step towards peace.”
The letter included background information on Bethlehem district saying “We have control over less than 14% of our district. The rest has been occupied for the expansion of illegal settlements and Israeli military bases. Hundreds of homes have been demolished and thousands of hectares have been expropriated, which directly undermines the possibility of a sovereign Palestinian state.”
Continuing it stated: “Israel has built roads on our occupied country for the exclusive use of Israelis. It has designed a system of movement restrictions that has devastated our city through several checkpoints and the illegal Israeli Wall. These restrictions have resulted in one of the saddest consequences of the occupation of our land: that for first time in 2000 years of Christianity, Bethlehem and Jerusalem are divided with an 8-meters high wall, built on confiscated land that belongs to Palestinians from Bethlehem.”
“The occupation and systematic discrimination that Israel has imposed over our people is going to fall just as the South African Apartheid did. This is an irreversible process supported by the great majority of the peoples around the world. Currently, 122 countries recognize Palestine, including nine out of the ten most populated; their combined populations account for 75% of the world’s population,” they said, adding, “It is time for the rest of the countries to take the decision to be on the right side of history. We do not expect from Honduras anything less than your recognition of the Palestinian State and the ratification of the historical Honduran vote in support of Palestine in the United Nations.”
The letter concluded by inviting the Honduran Foreign Minister to spend the first Christmas in the independent state of Palestine this year.


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