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The Best Christmas Present

“The best Christmas present would be to cancel the sanctions against the Syrian people” says Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo.

The Western block, led by the United States, realised “that it could not win the war militarily, so it chose to choke Syria economically. This is a crime against humanity because these people are not guilty,” said Bishop Abou Khazen. “Furthermore, it is not true that the fighting is over; what is certain is that poverty has increased, and medicines are in short supply, made worse by the pandemic.”

Syria is “rich in wheat, mineral resources, oil, and gas, especially in the US-controlled Northeast controlled, which it cannot use even to heat private homes.”

In this context, “unlike in many other countries, the coronavirus is not ‘the’ problem but one of the many we have to face.”

Despite the siege and bombs, Christmas during the war did not present the same difficulties,” said the prelate. “It was perhaps easier for people to meet the needs of daily life. Today many things are not available, from fruit to meat, which remains a dream for the vast majority.”

Church Land Stolen by Israel

 

Not content with bulldozing precious olive groves and the villages of Palestinians to clear the way for new Israeli settlers, and all this in a land which the Israeli State illegally occupies in the first place as a result of a horrendous campaign of terrorism directed against Christian and Moslem Palestinians as well as British Mandate troops and civil servants, the State of Israel has begun to quite brazenly steal land from the Church.

Church owned land will increasingly be targeted by the Israeli State after it seized an initial 66 acres owned by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in the Jordan Valley, at the end of November.  It’s expected that local Palestinian families will also be forcefully removed from the area to make way for new Israeli settlements.

The Latin Patriarchate issued an official condemnation of Israel’s policy, which can be read here.