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    Palestinian Archbishop Calls for American Support Niraj Warikoo Detroit Free Press 7/3/2008 http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2008
      Palestinian Archbishop Calls for American Support
      Niraj Warikoo
      Detroit Free Press

      The top Christian leader for Palestinians is in metro Detroit this
      week, offering words of hope for Palestinians and criticizing
      Israeli occupation. His visit comes during a national convention in
      Dearborn for the American Federation of Ramallah, the biggest annual
      gathering of Palestinians in the United States.

      Archbishop Theodosius Attallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox
      Patriarchate of Jerusalem, visited an Arab-American church in
      Livonia on Wednesday and an Islamic center in Dearborn, where he met
      and spoke with a range of religious and community leaders.

      "As a religious man, I ask for justice for the Palestinians," Hanna
      told the Free Press in an interview at the Islamic Center of America
      in Dearborn. "Defending human rights is a duty for Christians and
      religious people."

      The archbishop, who heads the Palestinian Orthodox church in
      Jerusalem, said through a translator that:

      "My wish is that the American people understand what the
      Palestinians go through," he said. "Their struggle is a just

      The archbishop was at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Livonia and then
      visited the Islamic Center of America, where he was greeted by its
      leader, Imam Hassan Qazwini.

      "I would like to see Christians in the U.S. be more understanding
      and sympathetic with Palestinians, who have had 60 years of
      injustice and 60 years of being prevented from going back to their
      land," Hanna said. "There are millions who are refugees but are
      prevented from going back to their land where they were born."

      At the end of a talk, the archbishop presented Imam Qazwini with a
      relief of the city of Jerusalem and said to him:

      "I hope that one day you will visit us in Jerusalem after it's
      liberated from the occupation and the Arab Palestinian flag is

      Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations
      Council, said:

      "A Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem yesterday deliberately drove a
      bulldozer into several buses and cars, killing three and injuring
      dozens of Israeli civilians. The Palestinian Archbishop essentially
      condoned that atrocity by his silence about it."

      The meeting with the archbishop was also attended by Osama Siblani,
      publisher of the Arab-American News, Imad Hamad, regional director
      of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Dawud Walid,
      head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic
      Relations, all of whom praised the archbishop.



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