Jerusalem, September 9, 2022

Statement of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land

Shireen Abu Akleh’s case is an open wound that needs healing.

The recent announcement by the Israeli military indicating “high probability” that an Israeli soldier stands behind the “accidental” killing of Shireen Abu Akleh last May 11th in Jenin is a step in the right direction.

Unbiased investigation, accountability and trust are necessary ingredients of peace and justice.

We encourage the pursuit of truth with the knowledge that “truth will make us free”.

We pray for the prevailing of the dwelling of justice and peace worldwide, especially in our beloved Holy Land.

+ Pierbattista Pizzaballa
President of the ACOHL

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

R.P. Marcelo Gallardo IVE

General Secretary