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Return marches are humanitarian and a holy duty, insists senior Christian official

Father Antoine Daou

The secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Islamic-Christian Dialogue in Lebanon insisted on Friday that the Palestinian return marches are humanitarian activities and a holy, ethical and national duty, Al-Resalah has reported.

"Any Palestinian resistance action aimed at protecting the country and human dignity is a religious duty guaranteed by all religions," said Father Antoine Daou. He noted that the aim of the return marches is to achieve freedom and regain rights. "These are spiritual goals also guaranteed by all religions."

Israel's fear of such marches, suggested Daou, reflects the aggressive face of the state. "This was evident in its brutal treatment of the unarmed civilians." Gaza's residents, he added, are looking for salvation for all oppressed Palestinians. "They are taking the path of freedom which aims to end persecution and oppression."

The senior Christian official said that such action corrects the moral compass of the Arab nations, which has been lost recently.

Read: Religious scholars in Gaza call for full participation in 'Great March of Return'

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