Friday, May 14, 2021

Death Toll from Bombs between Israel and Palestine Rises to over 100 Killed including Many Children - Catholic Convent and Nursery Hit



Over 100 dead and 1,500 rockets in the war between Gaza and Tel Aviv continues. Violence between Palestine and Israel continues. Twitter was flooded with images of dead children from the bombing in Gaza. 
All flights to Tel Aviv are diverted to other airports. Violence has also escalated between Arabs and Jewish Israelis within mixed Israeli cities including Lod, Acre, Haifa and Tel Aviv. 
According to Gaza's Health Ministry, at least 103 Palestinians, have been killed. There are hundreds of injured people (at least 900 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and 400 in Gaza).
The death toll in Israel is now seven - including one soldier.
The United Nation's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace process, Tor Wennesland, wrote on Twitter:
Four European members of the Security Council yesterday wanted to publish a statement on their own in which they define the huge number of "civilian victims, including children, due to Israeli air raids in Gaza and the Israeli deaths caused by rockets launched from Gaza” "disturbing and unacceptable". They ask "Israel to stop the activities of colonization, demolition and expulsion [of Palestinians], including East Jerusalem".
Agenzia Fides reported that the massive Israeli air force raids on the Gaza Strip have also hit the homes of Christian families located near the Catholic parish of the Holy Family, also causing damage to the convent and the nursery school of the Sisters of the Rosary. Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Palestine and the Holy City, confirms this to Agenzia Fides. "The Israeli raids take place after the launching of missiles by Hamas on the territory of Israel, but according to what we see, the considerations of those who, in the United States, described the military reaction of the Jewish state as 'proportionate' are completely unfounded. They bomb from afar. A bomb fell near the convent. Among the more than 100 victims are women and children. Once again, the famous 'smart bombs' harm everyone, without being able to distinguish between military targets and the civilian population". While the propaganda campaigns invade the global media network, Bishop Marcuzzo - born in Italy but became a priest in Palestine, after studying at the patriarchal seminary of Beit Jala - clearly invites us not to lose sight of the chain of events and provocations that has unleashed the new violence in the Holy Land, if we really want to find ways to stop violence and innocent bloodshed. "At the bottom of everything", the Patriarchal Vicar recalls "there is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has lasted for decades, and above all the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Until the causes that are at the root of the conflict are addressed and resolved, it will only take a spark for everything to explode again. We have already seen this with the first and second Intifada". The current unleashing of violence - Bishop Marcuzzo remarks - is due to the accumulation of a series of "unfortunate circumstances" that have rekindled the tension around Jerusalem, the real knot of the conflict: the expropriation of Palestinian homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, then the impediments imposed by the Israeli on the Muslim faithful who wanted to reach the Al Aqsa Mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate the "Night of Destiny" (Laylat al Qadr), in which the Angel Gabriel revealed the Koran to the Prophet Mohammad. 

 Faced with the violence that returns to tear the heart of Jerusalem and the Holy Land "We, as local Churches, always try to work for peace", concludes Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo. In the land of Jesus, once again, "a miracle is needed", as he wrote on the patriarchal website Sami el Yousef, Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. (GV) (Edited Excerpt from Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2021)

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