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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pope Walks Out of Meeting After Palestinian Outburst

at Newsmax:

Pope Walks Out of Meeting After Palestinian Outburst

Monday, May 11, 2009 3:32 PM
By: Nicole Jansezian

JERUSALEM – An meeting of 300 religious leaders hosted by the Pope came to an abrupt end Monday night when a Palestinian sheikh, who was not on the program, forced his way to the pulpit to criticize Israel.

The head of Sharia courts in the Palestinian Authority, Taysir Tamimi, made an animated plea to the Pope to fight for “a just peace for a Palestinian state and for Israel to stop killing women and children and destroying mosques as she did in Gaza.”

“Israel destroys Palestinian cities and establishes settlements on Palestinian land,” he cried in a rising voice, adding that Jerusalem “will remain the capital of a Palestinian state.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the outburst a “provocation” and said that instead of “fostering peace and co-exstistence chose to plant seeds of division and confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians and also between Jews, Muslims and Christians.”

“It is a shame that the extremists are those who represent the Palestinians and the Muslims in his important event in the presence of the Holy See,” said Aviv Shiron of the Foreign MInistry.

The speech was given in Arabic with no translation, but most local Christians and Muslims present understood what was said. Others simply understood the intent.

“If the Pope wasn’t there, I could stand up and leave the room, but I didn’t want to insult the Pope,” Oded Wiener, director general of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, told Newsmax after the incident.

Wiener and his Palestinian friend from the Islamic land trust were supposed to present a gift to the Pope after the scheduled speeches, but the Pope left the stage after Tamimi finished his speech, which wasn’t stopped by officials at the dialogue.

During the speech, some in the audience got up to leave, but most attendees stayed put, some laughed while others even applauded enthusiastically when Tamimi finally brought his statement to a close.

The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said that the interruption was “a direct negation of what a dialogue should be. We hope that such an incident will not damage the mission of the Pope” and inter-religious dialogue.

“We hope also that inter-religious dialogue in the Holy Land will not be compromised by this incident,” Lombardi added, in his statement.

Outbursts like these are not uncommon for Tamimi, who was specifically banned from speaking tonight because he has chosen to speak off-topic at other gatherings.

“All religious people in the world of all other religions need to guard the Palestinians from Israel and protect their lands,” he implored.

Wiener accused Tamimi of “time and again” spoiling the dialogue.

“We want to speak about peace and he speaks hatred,” he said. “He embarrassed the Pope and wasn’t supposed to speak tonight. The fact that a person like him ... used an internal stage instead of seeking peace, promoting peace instead of using the opportunity with the Pope to promote peace, he spoke about hatred and terrorism.”

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Blogger Rebellious Kafir said...

See, this hurts my feelings MR, I can tell you didn't stop by my place yesterday--or you would have seen this story.LOL

The Pope is in so much danger these days. He is under assault every single day by evil forces and I pray that he will be strong enough to weather the storm.

I'm just glad that freaktard didn't have a sword under his robe and try to behead the Pope or something.

I havn't said it in a long while here, but I deeply appreciate this website for a source of reliable information from all over the world. Many articles I find here are redistributed to other places and fed out across the country. I wouldn't want to be without my daily dose of IBA

So thank all of the contributors here,
sincerely,
Mary...not a babe, but pure infidel!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 8:39:00 pm  
Blogger midnight rider said...

Ah, milady, twas not for lack of effort I didna get to visit with ye yesterday, for I had much college junk to disgorge from the family minivan. But ye are never far from me thoughts. And a babe always in me heart.

Yeah, here's the Pope getting shoved aside by some nutjob who wants to flap his yap, but the Fwench are closing Normandy to American Vets so Barry Obuma can pay a visit on 6/6.

Someone, somewhere's got their security priorities screwed up.

Daily dose of IBA -- so what, now we're like heroin? :p :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 11:24:00 pm  
Blogger Rebellious Kafir said...

Dearest Sir,
Me thinks either you were at the stout again, or the Blarney stone has dropped through your roof...or most likely both ;)

Glad your offspring is tucked back under your wing again and enjoy the chaos for the next several weeks.

Heroin? wow..lol...yeah pretty much, since I have to stop by and get a hit a couple times a day. LOL

btw, I didn't know you could speak pirate. Better not let the Navy know...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 4:18:00 am  

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