JERUSALEM 01/08/2014- “The truce which has begun is a good thing, but it will not help if the conditions in Gaza remain as those of a desperate land under siege, where only fear and frustration that feed hatred can grow.
It almost seems that it points to making Gaza a factory of desperate
people, designed to easily turn into extremists ready for anything”. The
Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins, Fouad Twal in a conversation with
Fides Agency, invites us to reflect on the insufficient long-term
temporary suspension of military actions over which Israel and Hamas
have reached an agreement.
the Patriarch the structural conditions that feed blind hatred, starting
from the embargo must be removed: “Even the tunnels built in Gaza”,
highlights His Beatitude Twal “are a product of the embargo in their own
way: if you put an end to this siege, if you open up the streets and
allow freedom of movement of people and goods, if you allow free fishing
in the sea in front of Gaza, then everything will be able to move on
the surface and no one will need to dig underground tunnels to pass”.
According to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the perverse and blind
desire to annihilate the enemy is turning the civilian population of
Gaza into a sacrificial victim: “Just look at the names of the victims:
70 percent”, noted His Beatitude “are women and children: it also
suggests that, among the many tunnels, Hamas did not think of building
underground shelters for the people”.
With regard to international reactions, the Patriarch also sends an
important message to those who continue to express verbal statements of
solidarity with the suffering Christians and peoples of the Middle East:
“Many letters from many friends who live in other countries and
continents arrive. We thank you, but perhaps there is too little
compassion and practical help. I went to visit the injured from Gaza who
were welcomed in the French Hospital, and I was impressed. Even their
families are in need of everything. We do what we can with Caritas and
the resources of the Patriarchate, but we get little concrete and
effective support from the outside. Messages and statements we read are
not enough to say: we are with you”.
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