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He's a good man. Children can tell.

Pope Benedict XVI greeted Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem yesterday. The pope lamented the ''tragic'' building of walls as he stood in the shadow of Israel's steel and concrete separation barrier in a Bethlehem refugee camp
Pope Benedict XVI greeted Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem yesterday. The pope lamented the ''tragic'' building of walls as he stood in the shadow of Israel's steel and concrete separation barrier in a Bethlehem refugee camp (Peter Dammann/ AFP/ Getty Images)

"Pope criticizes Israeli barrier; Pontiff speaks to concerns of Palestinians" by Howard Schneider, Washington Post  |  May 14, 2009


BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Pope Benedict XVI criticized Israel's construction of a security barrier through the West Bank and urged a loosening of restrictions on the Gaza Strip yesterday, a day of speeches and symbolic appearances that amounted to a running critique of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. From a morning address alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to a late-afternoon visit to a refugee camp, the pontiff used a full day in the occupied West Bank to highlight some of the main issues on the Palestinian agenda....

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The pope delivered his remarks as he went from a red carpet reception at Abbas's Bethlehem compound to a Mass in front of a giant Palestinian flag on the city's Manger Square and a tour of the 5,000-person refugee camp, where children performed a traditional dabke dance.

As he spoke, he delved beyond present-day issues, tracing the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute to Israel's May 1948 declaration of independence and the Arab-Israeli war that followed. Palestinians refer to those events as the naqba, or catastrophe, in which tens of thousands were driven from or left their homes. Many of their descendants live as refugees in such places as Aida, marked at its entrance by a large house key symbolizing an intended return.

The quest for peace "takes on a particular poignancy as you recall the events of May 1948 and the years of conflict, as yet unresolved, that followed from those events," Benedict said at the refugee camp, where he expressed "solidarity with all the homeless Palestinians who long to be able to return to their birthplace."

Benedict "did not say 'naqba,' but he mentioned 1948, and this was good enough," Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh said. "These were all really very impressive texts. We were not expecting to hear from him what we heard.

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Wow, that Muslim tolerance and respect is much more than what he received from the Zionist side
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"Pope, in Israel, honors Holocaust dead" by Philip Pullella | May 11, 2009

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, on his first visit to Israel, said on Monday that the suffering of six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust must never be denied or forgotten. In a gesture addressing Jewish anger over his lifting of the excommunication of a Holocaust-denying bishop in January, the pontiff went to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial to honor the dead and meet survivors of the concentration camps.

He spoke of the "horrific tragedy of the Shoah," the Hebrew term for the Holocaust, and called it an atrocity that had disgraced mankind and must never be repeated. "May the names of these victims never perish. May their suffering never be denied, belittled or forgotten," he said.

The chairman of Yad Vashem council, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, expressed disappointment that the Pope was not more explicit. "There certainly was no apology expressed here," he said. There was no "expression of empathy with the sorrow."

The pope made a moving speech, Lau said, but "something was missing. There was no mention of the Germans or the Nazis who participated in the butchery, nor a word of regret." Lau also criticized the German-born pontiff for not specifically saying six million Jews were murdered -- though Pope Benedict used the figure in his arrival speech.

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Considering the amount of criticism the Israelis have heaped upon him, his statements (or "silence") have earned him some respect.

I must admit I was troubled earlier, and had remarked to someone that he/they are the Catholic Church!  Stand up to the Israelis!  I knew I was not alone in that feeling; however, it appears I (an
d others) were mistaken.  Give the old man some credit; he showed some diplomacy and tact on his trip.  Now please, please, take care of yourself, Pontiff.  The last thing the world needs now (and what Israel's Zionists desire one would suspect) is some lone gunman patsy executing another false-flag assassination.

I will pray for you, my dear Pope.

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