Palestinian Archbishop Calls for American Support
- Palestinian Archbishop Calls for American Support
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
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
"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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