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Israeli Jewish Terrorists Burn Church of
Loaves and Fishes Multiplication in the Galilee, Write Anti-Christian
Graffiti on its Walls
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 22, 2015
Tabghe Church in the Galilee withstood 1700 years of various rulers in
Palestine. It is the church on the location we are told where Jesus
multiplied the fish and the bread. For the first time in its long history it
was burned nearly completely (arson) this week. The perpetrators wrote in
red Hebrew graffiti that the “idol worshippers” will also be killed! It
joins other churches and dozens of mosques destroyed since the founding of
the “Jewish state” in Palestine. Israel is a repressive country that
violates basic human rights including freedom of religion. It inculcates in
its public and private Jewish only schools notions of chosenness and racism
(just read Nurit Peled-Elhanan research into this subject). Just see these
two examples of the products of Zionist indoctrination:
If you want to know what most of us Christians think of Zionism (not of
Jews because these are different issues), visit this
Incidentally Ilan Pappe, author of “the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”
spoke to hundreds in the occupied territories (in person in AlBireh with
live teleconference in Gaza) and articulated brilliantly why peace with the
Zionist ideology and the “two-state solution” are both impossible. He
articulated the need for a new strategy based on human rights including
return and self-determination in one democratic state.
Now we are in
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Gaza families are fasting like others even
with the meager foods they have to break their fast and they have to do this
next to their demolished houses (tens of thousands are without their homes
after the genocidal assault last summer). Millions of Syrian and Iraqi
refugees (of all religions) face similar conditions of deprivation and
misery thanks to the conditions created by the Israeli lobby’s push for the
war on Iraq in 2003. Looking around us, we miss the rational voices of
colleagues like Edward Said and Faisal Al-Husseini. Here is one of my
favorite prophetic writings of my friend Edward Said:
As for Faisal Al-Husseini, he was born in Baghdad on July 17, 1940
during his father's forced exile from Jerusalem. In 1944, his family moved
to Mecca where they lived for one and a half years, and from there moved to
Cairo where Faisal pursued his elementary and secondary education. His
father Abdel Qader Al-Husseini was a leader in the armed struggle in
Palestine and fell a martyr defending his homeland in the battle of Al-Qastal
in 1948. Faisal passed away during his visit to Kuwait on 31/5/2001 and was
buried on 1/6/2001 in the courtyard of Al-Haram Al-Sharif beside his father
and grandfather. With tens of thousands attending his funeral (at least for
that one day, the barriers around Jerusalem disappeared). Here is what he
wrote after one of the many Zionist massacres that shows the level of his
humanity and it is appropriate in this holy month:
Oh God, the chest
is replete with bitterness… do not turn that into spite.
Oh God, the
heart is replete with pain… do not turn that into vengeance.
Oh God, the
spirit is replete with fear… do not turn that into hatred.
Oh God, my
body is weak… do not turn my weakness into despair.
Oh God, I your
servant am holding the embers… so help me maintain my steadfastness.
God, faith is love… Oh God faith is forgiveness… Oh God, faith is
Oh God, do not put of the flame of faith from my chest.
God, we wanted for the Intifada a white one, so please protect it.
God, we wanted freedom for our people, we did not want slavery to others.
Oh God, we wanted a homeland for our people to gather them, we did not want
to destroy states of others, nor to demolish their homes.
Oh God, our
people are stripped of all things, except their belief in their right.
God, our people are weak except in their faith and in their victory.
God, grant us conviction, mercy and tolerance in our ranks, and not make us
war against ourselves
Oh God, turn the blood that was shed into light
that will guide us and strengthen our arms, do not let it turn into fuel of
hatred and vengeance.
Oh God, help us over our enemy so that we can help
him deal with himself.
Oh God, this is my prayer to you..my invocation,
so listen to it and grant us our supplication and guide us to the right
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Catholic Assembly Condemns Burning Of The Loaves
And Fishes Church By Israeli Extremists
Monday June 22, 2015 01:56 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Following condemnations by other Christian organizations, the Assembly of
Catholic Ordinaries issued a statement condemning the church burning by
right-wing Jewish extremists on Thursday night. Father Michel Sabbah, Father
Amjad Sabbara, and Dr. Hana Ashrawi also strongly denounced the assault.
According to the statement from the Catholic officials, the arson is “is
another act of violence perpetrated by intolerant and scrupulous individuals
that damage the image of the Holy Land, offends Christians in this country
and the Church as a whole, and distresses the idea of a State that defines
itself as democratic, tolerant and secure.”
The assembly pointed out
that such acts of extremism undermine the coexistence that is so necessary
for peace in the Holy Land. They called on Jews, Christians and Muslims to
come together to fight such manifestations of violence, and to teach young
people the importance of tolerance and coexistence.
statement, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries said:
“This is the
third time that the Benedictine community of the Holy Land has been affected
by similar criminal attacks. On April 27, 2014 at the same site in Tabgha,
young extremist Jews desecrated crosses and an altar. In the Benedictine
Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion close to the Upper Room, fire was started on
May 26, 2014 a few minutes after the departure of Pope Francis. The
Benedictines of Mount Zion are also incessantly subjected to acts of
contempt and violence.”
The Israeli authorities, according to the
Catholic Assembly, never seriously investigated those incidents.
called on the Israeli government to conduct a thorough and serious
investigation of this most recent act of violence against a Christian holy
site, and not just some statements of condemnation.
authorities arrested around 15 Israeli extremists for questioning, but
released them all the same day.
Franciscan Pastor of Nazareth Amjad
Sabbara, and various religious and social groups, strongly denounced the
attack on this important historic Christian Church, which is one of the most
sacred Christian places in the entire world.
“This attack violates
every foundation of culture and humanity; it is an insult to us as
Christians, and an insult to every person of faith,” the statement reads,
“It is a serious violation to every country’s commitment to protect holy
sites. We are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ; we follow his path
no matter what.”
“We strongly condemn this shameful act, and are
hoping the this type of racism will be uprooted, and we demand the Police
and the security forces to perform their duties and protect all holy sites,”
the statement adds, “Any person who allows himself to commit such a vicious
crime must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Emeritus Michel Sabbah said: "The attack is a repetition of what happened to
the same church three or four years ago, but no one was punished because the
police claimed they were underage, and gave other justifications, that
resulted in no legal action against them."
“But those responsible are
not minors,” he added, “When I keep seeing this happening, I see a
government in Israel, and I see leaders who are not doing their job.”
“We as Christians believe in the message of Christ, the message of love,
no matter what happens, here we stay; we aren’t demanding the protection of
anybody, here or abroad,” he said, “The state (Israel) must know its duties,
and must perform them. It shouldn’t just make statements; it knows the
criminals, not minors, but those who raise them, in schools and in
religious, and political, circles.”
“We don’t want to meet
governmental officials, meeting them doesn’t honor us,” Father Sabbah added,
“Every official, president or leader, must know their duties and must
perform them, without meeting with me, or any other religious leader.”
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO), said there is a significant increase of
organized hate crimes carried out by Jewish fanatics against both Christian
and Islamic holy sites in Palestine.
She added that such attacks are
taking place under the protection, and direction, of the fanatic Israeli
government, that has failed to seriously investigate dozens of assaults
against holy sites in occupied Palestine.
“This is an outcome of
racist ideologies, constant incitement, and the discriminatory laws of
Israel,” Dr. Ashrawi said, “This is yet another example how Israel acts with
impunity, without fearing any legal prosecution.”
official also said that the fanatic right-wing coalition of the Israeli
government, and various religious and political organizations in Israel, are
encouraging a racist type of ideology in Israel, and among the settlers, who
are illegally living in occupied Palestine.
Israeli extremists burn the church where Jesus
multiplied loaves and fishes
Thursday June 18, 2015 10:56 by Celine Hagbard - IMEMC News
Early Thursday morning, right-wing Israelis set on fire the Church of the
Multiplication, where Christians believe that Jesus multiplied loaves and
fishes, and wrote graffiti in Hebrew on the walls that read, "False idols
will be smashed" and "Pagans".
Church burned in Tiberias (image by 'Palestinian Christians' Facebook
The fire was set at about 3 am in the early hours of Thursday
morning, severely damaging church offices and storage rooms. The entire
church was saturated with smoke damage.
In addition, Hebrew graffiti
was spraypainted all over the front entrance to the church reading "Pagans"
in red paint.
The Church of the Multiplication is believed by
Christians to be the site of Jesus’s miracle of multiplying two fish and
five loaves to feed 5,000 people.
Several church volunteers suffered
from smoke inhalation while trying to extinguish the fire before the
firefighters arrived on the scene. The fire was put out several hours after
The church, which is run by the Catholic Benedictine
Order, is best known for its fifth-century mosaics, including one depicting
two fish flanking a basket of loaves.
Christian churches have been
targeted by right-wing Jewish Israeli attacks hundreds of times in recent
In May 2014, the Romanian Orthodox Church on Hahoma
Hashlishit Street in Jerusalem was defaced in a suspected hate attack. That
incident saw the words "price tag", "Jesus is garbage" and "King David for
the Jews" spray-painted on the site’s walls.
Two weeks earlier,
ahead of a visit to the country by Pope Francis, suspected Jewish extremists
daubed hate graffiti on Vatican-owned offices in Jerusalem.
Hebrew-language graffiti, reading “Death to Arabs and Christians and those
who hate Israel,” was sprayed on the walls of the offices of the Assembly of
Bishops at the Notre Dame center, a complex just outside the Old City, the
Roman Catholic Church said.
Dmitry Diliani, a member of the Fateh
revolutionary council, as well as the Secretary-General of the national
Christian Assembly in Palestine, issued a statement that the attack on the
church represents a practical application of the stances taken by the
Israeli government, which funds fanatic groups.
He noted that some
of the leaders of those fanatic groups hold political positions in spite of
their incitement. By refusing to list those groups as terrorist
organizations, Diliani argued, the Israeli Knesset is effectively providing
them with legal protection, and is not taking seriously the ongoing,
multiple attacks by right-wing Israelis against Christian and Muslim holy
Knesset Member Dr. Basil Khattas was quoted as saying, "Those
terrorist groups attack both Christian and Muslim holy sites with impunity.
The Israeli government must open a serious investigation into this and other
incidents of violence against holy sites."
Israeli authorities say
they are investigating to see if the fire was an accident or was
intentional. But Christians who live in the area say that the Israeli police
are not taking the investigation seriously - adding that this was obviously
an anti-Christian hate crime, given the graffiti that was written on the
site of the fire.
No arrests have been made in connection with the
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