The coming visit of the pope to Palestine during this particular period will be of "great spiritual and political significance" to people around the globe, announced the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) on Saturday.
Member of the party's central committee Nehad Abu Ghoush said the "pope's visit to Palestine will remind the whole world of the suffering of the Palestinians due to the Israeli occupation and their need for peace, freedom and independence like all other citizens around the world."
He expressed hope that the pope will mark the many Israeli violations of human rights in Palestine, of the attacks on civilians and the concrete separation wall as he visits the Ayda Refugee Camp on his way to the Nativity Church in Bethlehem Wednesday.
"We hope he notes the attacks on Christian and Muslim Holy Sites in Jerusalem when he visits there," Abu Ghoush said, and that he will pressure the Israeli government into respecting international resolutions and conventions and make peace in the region.
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