An Arab Bishop - the liberation of Palestine
- The new Orthodox Arab bishop of the Patriarchate of Holy Jerusalem seems
likely to take a prominent role in promoting the well-being of the
Palestinian people. But one has to wonder if his hardline position on
removing the Jews from Israel and from Jerusalem will contribute to the
stability and peace of the region.
Here is something from 3 years back.
Attalla Hanna [the new Bishop] calls for the liberation of Palestine
Archimandrite Attalla Hanna, the official spokesman of the Orthodox Church
in Palestine reiterated on Sunday that Palestine from the sea to the river
should be liberated from the Israeli occupation.
Moreover, the outspoken Palestinian cleric warned of giving up an iota of
Palestine calling the Palestinian Christians to resist occupation by all
means including martyrdom.
Speaking during a religious mass for the Roman Orthodox on the occasion of
the Epiphany following the oriental calendar, and the baptizing of Jesus in
the Jordan River, Bishop Hanna said:
" For us, Palestine extends from the sea to the river, the river of Jordan
is a sacred and eternal river; we reject categorically giving up an iota of
our dear homeland; in as much as Ramallah, Gaza, Nablus and Jenin are
Palestinian cities, hence Haifa, Nazareth, Jafa, Ramla, Lydda, Beersheba,
Safad et cetera are Palestinian cities as such… Therefore, we did not and
shall not giving up these Palestinian cities and localities, which had been
occupied in 1948."
" Zionist Jews are outsiders; they have no right to live or settle on this
land; they should move to another spot of the world and establish their
alleged state and entity, but Palestine and its throbbing heart, Jerusalem,
is an Arab land, which had never belonged to the Jews; it is rather an Arab
land, it was so in the past as it now, and will remain as such forever. In
addition Jerusalem is an Arab city, which the Jews have no right to settle
in, possess or practice prayers and religious rites there."
Archimandrite Attalla Hanna added in a sermon held at the Cathedral of the
Roman Orthodox of Jerusalem, which was attended by a group of clergy and
representatives of Christian churches as well as a big crowd of the
followers of the Orthodox Church and other Arab Christian churches.
Furthermore, Bishop Hanna stressed that the Israeli occupation will
disappear, not only from the 1967 occupied Palestine, but from historic
Palestine of 1948 as well.