Archbishop Hanna Denounces Israeli Attempts To Recruit Christians To The
Friday November 02, 2012 07:01author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Archbishop Attalla Hanna of the Greek Orthodox Church In Jerusalem,
voiced strong condemnation to the Israeli attempts to recruit Arab
Christians in the 1948 territory (Israel) into the Israeli military that
occupies their people and their lands.
Father Hanna strongly denounced some elements that held meetings with
Israeli officials in an attempt to encourage young Arab Christians to
join the Israeli occupation army, and said that those persons do not
represent the Palestinian Christians.
Hanna added that Christians in the holy land are Arabs, Palestinians,
and will not be part of the military that occupies and oppresses their
He also said that Israel is conducting a conspiracy that aims at
uprooting the Arab Christians population from their national identity,
adding that the Christians in the holy land are an essential part of the
The statements of Archbishop Hanna came after Israeli Defense Ministry
officials held a meeting in Nazareth Illit City with a number of
Christian priests urging them to encourage the Arab Christians to join
the Israeli military.
In related news, the Islamic Movement in the 1948 territories warned
young Arab men ”from falling into the Israeli trap that aims at creating
sectarian conflicts within the Palestinian nation in occupied Palestine”.
The Islamic Movement urged all Arab political parties in the countries
to play an essential role in countering the repeated Israeli attempt to
recruits Arab youths in the Israeli army.