The pope, the president and Palestine

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Zaha Hassan’s op-ed, "The Pope, the President and Palestine," on what Palestinians hoped the Pope would tell the President and Congress during his visit to the U.S., was published on September 23, 2015 in The Hill:

During his visit to Palestine in May 2014, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop in Bethlehem, the little town where Jesus was born. He placed his hand on the 30-foot high concrete structure that Palestinians refer to as the "apartheid wall" just below graffito: "Pope: we need someone to speak about justice." He prayed there while a little girl waved a Palestinian flag and camera shutters sounded around him.

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Zaha Hassan is a Middle East Fellow at New America. She is a human rights lawyer and former coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership.