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An Arab Bishop - the liberation of Palestine

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  • emrys@globe.net.nz
    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.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2006
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      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.

      http://www.jerusalemites.org/news/english/2003/jan2003/20.htm

      Jan.20.2003

      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.
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