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Israel demands Pope Benedict XVI condemn Holocaust deniers

The Israeli government demanded that Pope Benedict XVI explicitly condemn Catholics who deny the Holocaust, as he arrived in Jordan on the first leg of his tour of the Holy Land billed as an act of 'reconciliation'.

By Richard Spencer in Amman 08 May 2009
The Pope insists his eight-day trip is a "pilgrimage" to Holy Land sites but it has become embroiled in disputes over controversial comments he has made affecting relations with both religions. Shortly before the Pope landed in the Jordanian capital Amman, where he was greeted by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, a minister in the new Right-wing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu released the text of a letter in which he referred indirectly to the Pope's lifting of the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, the breakaway English Catholic bishop who has denied aspects of the Holocaust, in January.

"I would like to point out that Holocaust survivors in Israel and elsewhere sincerely hope that your excellency will clearly condemn the purveyors of Holocaust denial and antisemitism, some of whom profess loyalty to your Church," said the letter written by Yaakov Margi, Israel's religious affairs minister.
In contrast to his popular predecessor, John Paul II, feelings in Israel are ambiguous towards Pope Benedict, a German who had to join the Hitler Youth as a child during the war.

The Pope will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on Monday, but he will not step inside the museum. He has backed the canonisation of the wartime pope, Pius XII, whose photograph in the museum is adorned with a caption accusing him of not doing enough to speak up for or help the Jews.
He has also spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Palestinian Christian community, and presses for a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue.
Nevertheless, the Vatican has been at pains to concede to Israeli pressure over aspects of the visit.

After intense lobbying aides agreed the Pope would not make an address on a specially constructed stage in a Palestinian refugee camp that abuts the Israeli security barrier.

That platform would have provided television cameras with powerful images of him speaking against the wall, which cuts off Palestinian communities, and even of Israeli watchtowers in the background.

Screaming "anti-Semite" and making threats, subtle and otherwise, is all Apartheid Israel has left. Create a furor over the Holocaustâ„¢ to get those cameras away from showing that Apartheid wall Israel has constructed around the world's largest prison, Gaza.

Anything to distract from the horrible crimes being perpetuated by Israel against Occupied Palestine.

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At Sunday, May 10, 2009, Blogger Musique said...

If pope don't condemn those project oven deniers:

1. Entire nation of israhell will flock to Pope-city and give him a wedgie


2. they will revoke his mohel certificte attained from Devry institute.

Now, that will be scary!!

At Sunday, May 10, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a better idea, why doesn't mr. pope condemn the jews for killing Jesus, and explain that the vast majority of these jews aren't even related to the biblical jews, because they are khazars from Eastern europe, not Semites.

At Sunday, May 10, 2009, Blogger Musique said...

you know, there was a one good pope long time ago ....

In a wall of the tiny museum at Rome's majestic central synagogue hangs a copy of the 1555 edict of Pope Paul IV that confined the Jews to the ghetto, branding them as killers of Christ.


In today's world, He (paul IV) will be known as anti khuttite!

And this disgraceful emperor Palpataine opps! Pope Benedict XVI on the other hand:

Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that his visit to the Middle East was a reminder of the "inseparable bond" between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, a relationship that has been strained at times under his leadership.

"The ancient tradition of pilgrimage to the holy places also reminds us of the inseparable bond between the church and the Jewish people," said Benedict. "From the beginning, the church in these lands has commemorated in her liturgy the great figures of the patriarchs and prophets, as a sign of her profound appreciation of the unity of the two testaments."


My vote goes for Paul IV.


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