Tuesday, November 6, 2007

German Bishop compares Israeli treatment of Palestinians to Nazis

Hours after historic visit to Jerusalem holocaust museum, group of German bishops tour Palestinian Authority, say Israel behaving like Nazis
Eldad Beck

BERLIN - "This morning we saw pictures of the Warsaw ghetto at Yad Vashem and this evening we are going to the Ramallah ghetto." Several hours earlier on Sunday you probably would not have heard German Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke choose such a divisive analogy.

But then on Sunday morning he was still in Israel and the rhetoric was considerably different than the one elected by the German Bishops' Conference once they crossed over in to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday evening.

During their time in Israel the bishops uniformly made moderate and balanced statements, but once in the PA they provided German reporters accompanying them with a plethora of harsh proclamations against Israel. Their criticism received widespread coverage in the German media on Monday.

While crossing one of the checkpoints into East Jerusalem the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, told reporters: "This is something that is done to animals, not people." Meisner, a resident of eastern Germany, said that the fence reminded him of the Berlin Wall and that in his lifetime he did not believe he would see such a thing again. As the Berlin Wall was brought down so will this wall be brought down, he said, adding that the fence served no purpose.

The delegation's visit to Ramallah took place several hours after their visit to Yad Vashem and several of the bishops chose to equate the situation in the Palestinian Authority with the Holocaust.

"Cages in the image of ghettos," said the Bishop of Augsburg of the territories. Augsburg was once under the spiritual leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, who was Archbishop of the Munich-Freising Archdiocese and his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger still resides there.

"Israel has, of course, the right to exist, but this right cannot be realized in such a brutal manner," said Bishop Hanke, who later stated that he intends to amend this year's Easter message to German churches so as to include the delegation's political impressions from their visit to the territories and a demand to change the situation.


The truth hurts, doesn't it? When Israel receives a bishop from Germany, no less, calling Ramallah a ghetto, you know the truth has been uttered about the Israeli mandated, American financed ethnic cleansing campaign against the indigenous Palestinians.

Of course, this story got no play in the American MSM. Why? Because the American MSM is owned and dominated by a certain group of people who tell only one side of the story in Occupied Palestine. The story that paints the Jews as the poor, underdog, always one step away from extinction if we Americans don't keep sending them money, weapons and giving them political backing.

Weapons which they use against the indigenous Palestinians to perpetuate the ongoing genocide against them. Political backing by always vetoing any sane measures in the United Nations when resolutions are brought up trying to shine a light on the plight of the beleaguered Palestinians.

Money which the Zionists use to build erect more concrete walls and barriers, protecting the illegal settlements springing up all over Occupied Palestine.

This is what the American MSM hides from America: The true face of Israeli Apartheid.

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