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Vatican Calls for End of Israeli Occupation of Arab Lands

Thousands of families of all faiths lived in the Holy land prior to the establishment of Israel in the late 1940's.

Cardinal John Patrick Foley

(SALEM, Ore.) - Awareness of Israel's ongoing aggressions against the native population of Palestine has led to a demand from the Vatican in Rome, that Israel accept U.N. resolutions and end its unlawful occupation of Arab lands.

The bishops are telling the Jewish state that it shouldn't use the Bible to justify "injustices"- viewed as genocide by a widening population, against the Palestinian people.

As we have explained many times in the past, Israel uses the religious philosophy called "Zionism" to justify their continual expansion of land over the past 63 years. The movement is based on the Biblical statement that "Jews inherit to the promised land".

The obvious problem is that thousands of families of all faiths lived in the Holy land prior to the establishment of Israel in the late 1940's.

To this day, mostly Arab families are literally tossed into the street and held back while their homes are bulldozed and the land prepared for new Israeli "settlements" which are colonies on Arab land.

Cardinal John Patrick Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, stated Friday:

As messengers of Christ's peace, I am convinced that all of us must pray and work for peace in the Middle East - especially for a just and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel and among their neighbors.

I am convinced that the continued tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians has contributed greatly to the turmoil in all of the Middle East and also to the growth of Islamic fundamentalism.

While many, including the Holy See, have suggested a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the more time passes, the more difficult such a solution becomes, as the building of Israeli settlements and Israeli-controlled infrastructure in East Jerusalem and in other parts of the West Bank make increasingly difficult the development of a viable and integral Palestinian state.

The Cardinal says Catholic schools play a large role in this part of the world, and they are not limited to Catholic membership. The efforts in this area and others are considerably well funded too.

Many have made pilgrimages to the Holy Land where they have visited not only the places made sacred by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but also the parishes, schools and hospitals which serve those we call the "living stones" - the Christian descendants of the original followers of Jesus Christ in that land we call ''holy''.

Since the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Order of the Holy Sepulchre has sent more than $50 million to assist especia1ly the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem but also other Christian communities and institutions to survive and indeed excel in service to the entire community in the Holy Land.

According to Cardinal Foley, this level of generosity is important, but secondary to the development of an ever deeper spiritual life.

Years ago, I noted that the so-called five pillars of Islam really had their origins in Judaeo-Christian sources.

Jews, Christians and Moslems all believe in one God; we all practice frequent and, I hope, fervent prayer; we all, in different ways, practice fasting; we believe in and practice almsgiving; and we all seek to take part in pilgrimage - also to Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Christians and Moslems.

May these common beliefs and practices be acknowledged and followed in the hope of greater mutual understanding and of reconciliation, peace and indeed love in that land which all of us, Jew, Christian and Moslem, are moved to call "holy".

Monsignor Pierre Burcher, Bishop of Reykjavïk - Iceland, recognizes the fragile political systems of the Middle east. His comments lead back to the never changing answer to the crisis; Israel must end its occupation of Palestine and therefore draw to a close the sixty plus years of deadly conflict.

The Bishops of the Northern Episcopal Conference (NEC), together with their Middle Eastern brothers and sisters, are aware that in addition to the difficult political situation and the confrontation with extremist Muslims, a difficult problem is also the emigration of Christians. This problem can only be resolved with the definitive solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The urgent moment of reconciliation and peace has arrived! The Christians of the Middle East, rather than flee the region, are especially necessary in this vital process of justice and peace. In fact, they have inherited the Christian mandate of forgiveness. Therefore it is not a question of their welcome in foreign lands but more their presence in the Middle East to safeguard a historical culture that is vital for the entire world. Peace is the urgent vocation of the Holy Land! Justice for the three monotheistic religions is that Jerusalem is open to all!

Bishop Burcher says Catholic Churches have been used by Catholic Christians as well as non-Catholics for their Divine Liturgy. He believes this too is a sign of practiced ecumenism that allows all faiths to coexist.

The notion of halting the occupation of Palestine should not be a political issue. People in the world are granted certain rights under the General Assembly of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These rules which are published online for all to see, do not allow the aggressive deadly policies Israel has exhibited increasingly in recent years.

Israel maintains separate laws for Jews and non-Jews, and even within the ranks of Judaism itself there is a great divide. Perhaps Israel will accept this suggestion, it remains to be seen. A quick perusal of Internet articles from Israel, groups like YNet and Jerusalem Post, have carried an article from the AP which was sent to Salem-News.com this morning, alerting us of this significant development.

The Vatican is serious about maintaining a Christian presence and outreach in the Middle east. Embracing the ecumenical movement to recognize and give credit to all monotheistic faiths, three days ago, for the first time ever, Vatican Radio began producing a webpage in Hebrew that features up-to-date information about the ongoing Special Synod of Bishops for the Middle East.

The work of Hana Bendcowsky - who is behind the Web page - "is to make quite sure 'that the Israeli public' be correctly and well-informed about Synod proceedings and the message of the Bishops with no margin for misunderstandings and controversy," World Jewish Congress reports.

On Friday the UN stated:

"The people of Gaza continue to suffer from the humanitarian consequences of the Israeli blockade of the area, despite the recent partial easing of the restrictions, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today.

"Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza, where some 1.5 million Palestinians live, over three years ago for what it called security reasons after Hamas ousted the Fatah movement in the Strip in 2007.

"'The situation in Gaza remains very serious from a humanitarian perspective. The blockade has been eased in some respects, but it has been maintained in other respects, and it continues to put the population there under great psychological and physical stress,' Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York."

It seems like the forces are working for the freedom of Palestine. Peace could exist in the world if the conflict can be resolved by ending the Israeli occupation of Arab lands.

Sources:

Vatican News Service

Universal Declaration of Human Rights - General Assembly of the United Nations

'The synod in Hebrew' Radio Vatican - World Jewish Congress

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Jimmy October 27, 2010 10:07 pm (Pacific time)

So, the organization that carrys the traditions of Chist, is asking a regieme that descend from those responsible for his death, to stop the oppression of a people under there control? Excuse me for not holding my breath. The only things these pigs understand is a gun, or more to the point the lack of a gun. I'd bet the Zionist pigs change their tone if they were left to defend themselves. Get the Israel lobby away from my government! And Liam, why don't you come try to tell this non-jew that I serve you pigs... Oh that's right, you all control the Federal Reserve... For now :)


Stephen October 27, 2010 6:44 pm (Pacific time)

thanks TIm..I am so tired bro. I hate to say visit a website I do not like but, Statemanjournal had an article, Oregon is now working hand in hand with Israel. Kulongoski, another israel minion. darn, it upset me. Its 50/50 right now on the SJ blogs. I dunno man, I am so tired of all of this. isreahell is killing us, and so many who have been brain washed. grrr, I am so tired, I dont know how you do this Tim. Anyway, still going to support the Nov 15 salem-news money bomb. I will put it in all my blogs, see what happens. Come on people, its three weeks away, put a dollar aside, and lets help keep this website up. Nov 15. salem news money bomb. Please help ok? I know, if your email is like mine, I am asked for money on a continual basis. But this is HERE in OUR community!! Surely you have 5 bucks for your COMMUNITY?? and TRUTH? If I sound weird, then so be it. They are stealing our money, our civil liberties, and our humanity.. they hold a gun to your head to make you pay for money which they spend on media who lies to you. Put your quarters and dimes in a jar, and save them for Nov 15, and let us let "them" know, even with nickles, that we dont want their lies.


Anonymous October 27, 2010 3:54 pm (Pacific time)

@ TIM thank you for this article. it is very nice.


Pontius Pilatus October 27, 2010 3:48 pm (Pacific time)

hey mark, as a proud native italian, let me tell you a secret. ask any italian and they will tell you that the Vatican is an italian thing. why do you think most popes have been italian? what food do they eat? what language do they speak? the vatican is better in Rome and its glory than anywhere else. no? for your info., the vatican is another good thing mussolini did (not that he did many). the vatican is there because of the concept of mussolini. smart move! i know i know, Americans see mussolini as all bad but he did some good things. ask the old timers in italy. it does not mean they liked him though! check out the history of Rome, the jews, Jesus, who founded Palestine, why the jews were kicked out to places such egypt. like it or not for your reasons, there is no other place in the world that the Vatican should be in. the vatican has been there since day 1 (even before Mussolini). israel disappeared from the map thousands of years ago. enough spanking for now!


Anonymous October 27, 2010 3:20 pm (Pacific time)

i do not understand how israel's supporters do not realize that all israel stands for since 1947 is WRONG and that THEY are the true terrorists in the region. i feel bad for them somewhat bu they are WRONG.


Gazza October 25, 2010 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

Liam, I hope your posting is a (poor) effort at sarcasm/irony. If not, you fill me with disgust, and if this is truly the way religious Jews treat 99.8% of the human race, then I await the day when your dirty Zionist State goes the way of Apartheid South Africa.

Editor: I can tell you that it was not one of the regular comment posters; it was an IP that has never visited Salem-News.com.  Beyond that I had the same questions and regard, thanks.


Liam Labbe October 24, 2010 6:36 pm (Pacific time)

This is nothing more than a radical distraction by Jew hating muslims. My Rabbi speaks the word of G-D, read and learn and know your place: "Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,” he said during a public discussion of what kind of work non-Jews are allowed to perform on Shabbat. "Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat," he said to some laughter. Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party and the former chief Sephardi rabbi of Israel, also said that the lives of non-Jews are protected in order to prevent financial loss to Jews. "With gentiles, it will be like any person: They need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew,” said my rabbi, who recently turned 90. We all know this to be true. Do you see us fighting in your wars? You will always do our bidding. Who do you think controls Obama and Eric Holder, and all others in congress, all of them!? George Soros is also a brother Jew and we can pull our money at any time. Money talks and we control you. Hahahaha.


Anonymous October 24, 2010 5:10 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you so much for this article, you speak the truth. keep up the good work.


Jenny Kastner October 24, 2010 2:35 pm (Pacific time)

I want to salute you for this article, Salem-News editors. There is so much zionist propaganda and distortion suffocating the American press. It takes great courage to publish this information and with such depth. As a Jew of conscience, I applaud what you have done. Keep up the good work. Many of us support this.

Tim King: Jenny, I really appreciate that.  There have been some hard days and we have been called every name in the book, but it is all for peace.  I think Jewish voices have great reach in this and I particularly love Gilad Atzmon's work from London.  At any rate, thank you for your comment, shalom. 


Mark October 24, 2010 9:52 am (Pacific time)

Read a historical novel about the church called On This Rock by Dave Leonard and ask yourself if the vatican has the right to tell anyone anything. Maybe the Catholic Church should give up their occupation of a section of Rome.

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