A Vatican document leaked on Tuesday calls the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories a "political injustice", Italy's ANSA news agency reported.
The occupation is a "political injustice imposed on the Palestinians", the Vatican says, according to extracts quoted by ANSA.
"The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories makes daily life difficult for freedom of movement, the economy and social and religious life," the text says.
The Instrumentum Laboris, a working document on an upcoming synod of bishops on the Middle East, was embargoed for release until Sunday, when Pope Benedict XVI was to present it during a visit to Cyprus.
ANSA's report came as Israel drew worldwide condemnation for a deadly commando raid on Monday against a flotilla of boats laden with humanitarian aid for occupied Gaza, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007..........................