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Churches denounce Israel violence against Christians
Published Sunday 12/05/2013 (updated) 13/05/2013 18:49
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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches in Jerusalem on Sunday released a joint statement denouncing attacks by Israeli police officers on worshipers and pilgrims during Holy Saturday at the Church of Holy Sepulcher.

Signatories of the statement highlighted that they saw “awful scenes of the brutal treatment to clerics, average people and pilgrims in Jerusalem during Holy Saturday.”

They added: “A day of joy was turned into a day of severe sadness and pain for several of our faithful brothers who were mistreated by a number of Israeli police officers at the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.”

It is unacceptable, according to the statement, that clergymen and average people “get beaten brutally and indiscriminately and be denied access to their churches under the pretext of keeping order.”

The statement urged the Israeli government to denounce the violence that police practiced against worshipers and clergymen.

The patriarchs and heads of churches also denied claims of those who blamed the churches for what happened during the Holy week in Jerusalem. “These claims are counter to what happened in reality, and all heads of churches condemn the Israeli procedures and violations of the Christians’ rights,” the statement said.

The statement was signed by heads of all recognized churches in the Holy Land including the Roman Orthodox Church, the Latin Church, the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Custodian of the Holy Land, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Maronite Church, the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, and the Armenian Catholic Church.

Israel apology

Israel on Thursday officially apologized to Egypt after Israeli police officers attacked Egyptian diplomats and a Coptic clergyman at a church in Jerusalem.

Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned Israel's ambassador in Cairo after the attack during Orthodox Easter celebrations at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Israel Broadcasting Authority said.

Israeli police say they were not notified of the attack but that they will investigate immediately, the IBA reported.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Amr Roshdy told Egypt's daily Al-Ahram that Israeli authorities tried to stop Egyptian diplomatic officials from attending Coptic Easter mass.
1 ) Tibi / Tubas
12/05/2013 15:18
IF True at all, this very unlike Israel, where CHRISTIANS unlike MUSLIMS, do not often end their prayers by throwing stones at JEWS, so Christians typically pass through security measures, that are in place due to Muslim terrorists, without incident at all.

2 ) Rami / Palestine
12/05/2013 15:59
#1 Your stupid uneducated comment is completely unfounded and devoid of any sort of reality whatsoever. Christians are victims of the on-going occupation as are Muslims in Palestine. Israel is the sole aggressor in these parts and the only force preventing the faithful from practicing their faith, whether it be Islam or Christianity.

3 ) to Tibi / from Tubas
12/05/2013 16:53
Then you do not know Israel who does not differentiate between Palestinian Muslims and Christians! International Christians pass unlike Palestinian Christians!!

12/05/2013 17:02
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Sunday gave the Catholic church new saints, including hundreds of 15th-century martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, as he led his first canonization ceremony Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square. The "Martyrs of Otranto" were 813 Italians who were slain in the southern Italian city in 1480 for defying demands by Turkish invaders who overran the citadel to renounce Christianity. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130512/DA67NCHO2.html

5 ) Me Here / NZ
12/05/2013 17:30
So essentially another normal day is Israel then ... !!!??

6 ) al elch / usa
12/05/2013 17:41
Nice spin, but true and typical and very much like Israel to even abduct children. Bulleyism is the lifestyle of the police and military.

7 ) Free Palestine / USA
12/05/2013 18:00
Tiba I always read your comments and it is clear that you sir like your fellow Zionist are a RACIST. You are no different then the Nazi SS who killed your people. You are not Middle Eastern you are just a racist Zionist from Europe. You and I know that the world specifically the US will see befriending Israel is going to be on the wrong side of history. Palestine my friend WILL BE FREE.

8 ) a.f.p / nyc
12/05/2013 18:06
"international Christians pass unlike Palestinian Christians' ... nice show of complete racism and prejudice. Christians are Christians, end of story. This is the epitome of the disgusting underbelly of society in Israel. and then the "muslim terrorists' part.... hmmm who was it again that assassinated prime minister Rabin? terrorism knows no boundaries or religions. it's not a flavour like ice cream. but apparently in these parts of the world rationality and sober thought allude people like tib

9 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
12/05/2013 19:40
Looking at New Zealand from here in the middle east, it looks like another normal day for the occupation settlers in New Zealand. The Maoris, who are the natives and rightful owners of their lands, are still 2nd class citizens and the white settlers like #5 are there to stay. Yes, Maan readers, occupation and settlement works great for people in New Zealand, Australia, the Americas and the Falkland Islands. It's a recipe for success. Look at how well New Zealand is doing!

10 ) JoeUSA / USA
12/05/2013 19:44
Palestinian Christians , like Palestinian Muslims do not like the Israeli occupation , yearn for freedom and are equally oppressed by Israel. To those western Christians who happen to be devout Zionists , if you do not believe this is true , go live in Jerusalem for one month and find the truth for yourself. The truth shall set you free....Do not rely on listening to the like of Tibi from Tubas . Tubas is a Christian village in West Bank. I sincerely doubt that Tibi is from Tubas.

11 ) Arnold / Canada
12/05/2013 19:57
I guarantee you that the Arab be they Moslem or Christian instigated the chaos. That does not get the police off the hook. But please dear Christians around the world take this in context to what is happening throughout the Middle East and Africa in reference to the Moslems virtually slaughtering Christians weekly and burning down churches. Namely Nigeria , Chad , et c etc.

12 ) MPH / USA
12/05/2013 20:28
Judaism is the root of Christianity, Jesus was a Jew and many early Christian converts were Jews (some Pharisees). As Christians we stand behind Israel as it is the apple of God’s eye. The devil will do what he can to turn us against each other. We are asked to bring as many to Christ in love before it is too late. I do believe these are the end times. Jesus is the Messiah, as proven by His miracles especially His resurrection. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies.
JC =Way, Truth & Life

13 ) JoeUSA / USA
12/05/2013 21:14
To #12 MPH , As a Christian , you do not speak in my name. Israel is not the fulfillment of the prophecy . The Zionists are atheistic socialist/nationalist movement for some Jews. Not all Jews are Zionists. You are mixing apples and oranges. What apple of God's eye are you talking about. the promised land is the Kingdom of Heaven , not a strip of land. God does not favor some people over others? He is a non discriminating GOD , a God of love.

14 ) Johnny benson / USA
12/05/2013 22:28
Islam has been at war with all religions since its very conception......Christianity has much blood on its hands....although in the long past....Germany was a Christian nation when it committed the horrors of the Shoah.....and Israel is likely guilty of pushing Christian Arabs around durning its security actions..nowhere near the murder and mayhem Moslems commit daily in Egypt,and African nations.....lets try and see things in reality.....once in a while at least

15 ) Hamor (fr.) / Shechem
12/05/2013 22:39
#13: Re-writing HIS-story, re-writing Scripture, will NOT bring about an arab victory. Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; & if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, & from the things which are written in this book.”

16 ) Reader / from Edmonton
12/05/2013 22:58
Arnold, your guarantee is as worthless as your viewpoint.

17 ) Faris / Palestine
13/05/2013 00:28
To #12, As a Christian Palestinian you do not speak in my name. As a human being you do not speak in my name either. "Israel is the apple of God's eye"? You are sick.

18 ) Maureen / Australia
13/05/2013 01:08
#9 Hello Brian Cohen, do you know that New Zealand has had more than one Jewish Prime Minister? Mr John Key is the present New Zealand Jewish PM... Mossad spooks have previously been arrested in New Zealand.

19 ) oxblood / Testonia
13/05/2013 01:25
Who cares what these Christians believe, son of God, Virgin Mary, really!

20 ) gabi / australia
13/05/2013 03:41
Brian Cohen at it again. They did it so we can too. "Look how well New Zealand is doing." Yes it is doing well, most beautiful country, and their indigenous people get the vote. As do ours. Israel should try it - then it could properly call itself a democracy.

13/05/2013 05:49
As a Christian I am disgusted by israeli behavior to Christians and to Muslims. It is the hieght of ignorance to tolerate state religions and treatment based on your religion. Everyone always denounces Iranians but the Iranians treat all of their citizens better than israel treats Pals of any religions. The Jewish community in Iran feels secure and is not having its homes demolished or religious building confiscated or demolished through fake archeology.

22 ) Judaism / cult ?
13/05/2013 08:00
Shame on israelis & jews to let this happen

23 ) Alex / US
13/05/2013 08:18
What nonsense. Bottom line as follows: 1. Israel is a Jewish State with Jerusalem as her undivided capital. 2. Many Muslims, not all, are intend to stir up trouble in Israel and need to be controlled by strong armed force. 3. Some Christians, not all, are concerned with diminishing sovereignty over their properties in Israel, and keep challenging Israeli law and order. 4. Some Jewish fundamentalists, not all, are concerned with diminished political influence in the current government and continu

24 ) Rami / Palestine
13/05/2013 10:52
What he said --> #13

25 ) Samwel / Kenya
13/05/2013 12:35
this is against the Holy Bible am sure Christ is weeping again for this inhuman act. if at all it is true.....

26 ) BAZS / USA
13/05/2013 14:38
T0 12&13: So here we see the deceived Christian 12 and one with his eyes opened somewhat 13. Israel is promised a blessing upon receiving Messiah finally as depicted in Daniel 12:1-4. However in Dan 7 and 11:36-45 we have the Zionist and his regime which must come to its end before true Israel is manifested and delivered. Z-State is not the Israel of God is true. But to say Israel is not dispersed in nations awaiting blessing with Messiahs appearance is equally wrong. See BAZS.NET for clarity.

27 ) @ Rami-2 & #3 / \ Tibi/Tubas
13/05/2013 15:20
2- IF "Israel is the sole aggressor in these parts", THEN "your stupid uneducated comment" does not consider 1,000s of rockets & mortars,
from Hamas and Hezbollah, fired at cities, and numerous other attacks (stones, knives, bullets, & bombs) as aggression. In comparison, Israel is innocent of everything, but self-defense.
3- "International Christians" have never engaged in terror attacks, and
"differentiating between Palestinian Muslims (that often engage in terror) and Christians is hard.

28 ) @ Free #7 & Joe #10 / USA too
13/05/2013 15:32
7- Regardless of your name-calling, "Zionist, RACIST, Nazi SS",
Tibi seems to write ONLY THE TRUTH, and Here's another bit of the truth;
are completed with the State of Israel, and
10- THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH, regardless of whether
it originates from Tubas, Jerusalem, USA, or even Timbuktu !!

29 ) Tobias / USA
13/05/2013 15:41
Dear Delusional Rami (#2),
Obviously you believe that Maan News is worth reading, so you must
reconsider your comment "Israel is the sole aggressor in these parts",
in light of the new Maan story "More than 80,000 'killed in Syria conflict'."

30 ) Mel / USA
13/05/2013 16:24
#!2 MPH/USA:"As Christians..."?Dude,as a Christian myself,U don't speak in my name!And don't associate Jabotinsky NaZionism with the teachings of Jesus who'd be defending Palestine against Israel's hateful policies.Unless you really think Jesus was a racist NAZI? He cast out Jewish Fascists of his day!And he'd stand with brave Palestinian victims today,because they have MORE in common with Gods word than,money-changing,segregationist,Dispensationalist Zionism! Zionism=Prison,Lies & pain! Wake up

31 ) Brian / USA
13/05/2013 17:15
Israel is not the "apple of God's eye". He created the entire earth and all people; he doesn't favor one piece of land or one group of people. When I see comments like yours, I realize it for what it is; propaganda meant to guilt Christians into supporting Israel, and accepting the brutality Israel commits against its Christians. Then we see others trying to deflect away from Israel's brutality by talking about brutality elsewhere. Israel isn't off the hook for its crimes against Christians.

32 ) Mel / USA
13/05/2013 22:06
p.s. @ #14:JB/USA: I notice you-very conveniently-omit to mention what Jewish Fascist-Zionists have done to ALL Palestinians since Zionism landed in Palestine in 1930's,through 1947-8-to TODAY! Zionism's own "Shoah","Holocaust","extermination",persecution of NON-Jews! Israel is"likely guilty",of DEFINATE,proven war-crimes of more than just,"pushing...around during" its illegal OCCUPATION! That's"reality"too!Selective amnesia is collusion!

33 ) Darius / USA
14/05/2013 00:37
I guess the heads of all of those Christian sects are just a bunch of lying fool anti-Semites. I mean they aren't Jews, right? The only voices you can trust are Jews, right? Just like when we consider the Shoah, the only voices we should trust are German. Right? The only legitimate voice is the voice of the oppressor.

34 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/05/2013 08:04
To Brian Cohen #9 'Looking at New Zealand from here in the middle east, it looks like another normal day for the occupation settlers in New Zealand...' Hey Brian. What kind of noises do dogs make?

35 ) Religious Scholar of Christian / Cambridge University
14/05/2013 08:23
Israel is a Satanist state. They hate Christians (of course, they killed Jesus Christ), Muslims, & just anybody non-jew. Their evil demonic bookis of Satan, the Torah & Talmud, call for killing all non-jews, taking advantage of them- using them as a 'footstool', as considering all non-jews as inferior people in the world here to serve jews & be taken advantage of & run over by 'jews'. Now you tell me who is the root of problem & evil ones.

36 ) Sherri / USA
15/05/2013 06:17
@JoeUSA - thank you - MPH does not speak in my name either. Jesus loved all people, whether rich, poor, white, black. He rallied for the oppressed. My God would not want people to uproot olive trees, keep Muslims in "occupation camps" and would not let women and children starve. He teaches tolerance and peace and freedom to all.

37 ) Maureen / Australia
17/05/2013 09:18
#4 Remember how Israel sent weapons to Yugoslavia to kill, remember Zionist motivated wars designed to kill -mostly Muslims! Don't you watch the 6 O'clock news?

38 ) Keep it / UP
18/05/2013 07:09
Somebody needs a beating
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