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Nazareth bishop says most Palestinians are not extremists

Palestinians who celebrated the 11 September attack on the United States and the suicide bombings inside Israel are not representative of the majority of the Palestinian people, a bishop from the Holy Land has said.

"Those examples of suicide are not the regular policy of the people or (Palestinian leaders)," said Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem, the Nazareth-based vicar for Israel in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

He told of anti-terrorism prayer services for peace, justice and the victims of the attacks by Palestinian Christians and Muslims since 11 September.

There also were public demonstrations by Christian and Muslim Palestinians against terrorism, Bishop Marcuzzo told The Michigan Catholic, newspaper of the Detroit Archdiocese, during a recent visit to the United States.