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Renewed call for justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration

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Bishop Christopher recently spoke at 'Britain's Broken Promise: Time for a New Approach', an event marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Bishop Christopher and Bishop Declan Lang, Catholic bishop of Clifton, today issued the following joint statement.

''On the Centenary of the Balfour Declaration, we commend the work of the Balfour Project (www.balfourproject.org) to encourage justice and reconciliation in the Holy Land, acknowledging Britain’s past and future responsibilities to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Today the need for prayer, awareness and action is greater than ever.

"Israel’s security and development are inseparable from the fulfilment of Palestinian aspirations to statehood. We renew our call on the UK government, to recognise the right of the Palestinian people to belong to a state on their own lands, next to the state of Israel. Only justice for both peoples will lead to the reconciliation for which we pray with the Christian Church in the Holy Land."

During his address on Tuesday evening, Bishop Christopher said:

''This anniversary all too clearly reminds us we are party to the history of this conflict. As holders of the Mandate for Palestine, we took on a “sacred trust of civilisation” to advance the welfare of the Palestinian people and guide them to independence.''