Hamas co-founder, Mahmoud Zahar, begs to differ.
The Christian leadership in the West are a host of feckless morons who wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked them between the eyes. Their co-religionists are mercilessly persecuted by fundamentalist Muslims or even by hard core Communists (former Soviet union and satellites) yet they lay their wrath at the feet of the only state in the region where the demographics of their co-religionists are growing by leaps and bounds and civil rights protected. KGS
NOTE: Just ask the Lebanese bishops who call a spade a spade.
Visiting Catholic Bishops Decide: “Gaza is a Prison”
Eight Catholic bishops from Europe and North America have just visited the Christian community in Gaza.
The Vatican high profile delegation included Patrick Kelly, archbishop of Liverpool; Richard Smith, archbishop of Edmonton, Canada; Gerald Kicanas, bishop of Tucson, US; Michel Dubost, bishop of Evry, France; and Riccardo Fontana, bishop of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, Italy.
French Bishop Dubost’s comment was, “Last week, I asked prisoners in the largest prison in Europe (in Evry) to pray for you”.
The inference is clear: Gaza’s Christians are living in a big prison and terrified by Israel.
News.va, the Roman Catholic Church news agency, published a report on the event, writing, “The signs of the 2009 conflict and the continuing Israeli air strikes are all around…”.
Not a word about the Islamic repression of that tiny Christian community in Gaza – and Bethlehem and the rest of the PA.
The prison comparison was reiterated by another bishop. “I have just returned from visiting two of the largest ‘open prisons’ in the world – Bethlehem and the Gaza strip”, wrote William Kenney, auxiliary bishop in Birmingham who led the Catholic delegation. Bishop Kelly said that “violence is evil especially when it blocks humanitarian relief desperately needed”.
Raymond Field, auxiliary bishop of Dublin, also defined the Gaza Strip as “a large prison”.