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Archbishop Capucci: Israel must be held accountable
Published Friday 01/08/2014 (updated) 02/08/2014 19:22
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hilarion Capucci, the retired archbishop of Ceasarea for the Melkite Church, said Thursday that "Israel must be held accountable for the massacres they are committing against Palestinians."

Archbishop Capucci demanded from his current place of residence in Italy that all international institutions and criminal courts must hold Israel responsible for their "ugly crimes" against Palestinians.

He also called upon Palestinians to resist the attacks with all possible means, "because there is no substitute for resistance and it is the only way to liberate Palestine."

The Archbishop condemned the "Israeli crimes" against Palestinian children, women, elderly, and men in Gaza and all Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps.

"I wish I was there with you (Palestinians) sharing everything you are doing to defend our people," Archbishop Capucci said.

"During hard times the father should be with his children, defending them, and when the wolf comes the shepherd should be defending his flock, this is why my pain increases every day of these cruel, bitter days," he said, adding: "My soul and heart are with you and my prayers are for you."

The Syrian-born Archbishop Capucci has been a long-time advocate of the Palestinian cause and was arrested by Israeli police in August 1974 for allegedly smuggling weapons into the West Bank.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison by an Israeli court for smuggling arms to the Palestinian Liberation Army, but was released in 1978 through Vatican intervention after spending four years in Israeli prisons.
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1 ) David / USA
01/08/2014 23:57
Did this 'man of god' EVER tell Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel? Or do dead Israelis not tally in his world view? If he really wanted to go to Gaza, I'm sure he would have found a way by now. He's just a coward trying regain his 15 minutes of infamy. Seeing that Christians are being erased by Muslims from the entire middle east, EXCEPT for Israel, one would think the priest would think twice about what come out of his mouth.

2 ) Chandra Putri / World
02/08/2014 00:15
God bless you ArchBishop the real criminals are these European invaders and God know this that's why the return of Jesus pbuh is a given to bring justice and hold these Zionists accountable for their crimes!

3 ) Nirvana's Mind / Suriname
02/08/2014 02:43
I'm glad the Archbishop condemned the actions of Israel. I hope other priests will follow and demand from USA AND THE UN to stop these horrendous crimes

4 ) Maureen / Australia
02/08/2014 05:40
Archbishop Capucci is correct, Israel should be held accountable for massacres it is committing against Palestinian people. It won't be though, the US Zionist puppet administration will make sure Israel won't be answerable for its sins against humanity. One 'missing' Zionist soldier is all we are hearing about from Obama - getting Israel out of the war crimes spotlight!

5 ) Father Ignatius / Ireland
02/08/2014 09:09
Capucci was a fully functioning member of the PLO and regularly used his diplomatic status to smuggle guns and ammunition to the Palestinians.

6 ) Sister Bridget O'Connall / India
02/08/2014 13:23
#5 Father Ignatius, we are all human & we are all capable of sin, but we are told God forgives. Maybe Archbishop Capucci felt that the greater sin would be to just stand by whilst the Palestinians were oppressed & slaughtered by Zionist colonialists, so he helped them. Our own Holy Mother Church didn't really have a good track record in Medieval Spain or South America, so maybe he was just trying to redress the balance a bit.

7 ) Israeli / Uk
02/08/2014 15:16
Israel has committed war crimes that no other nation can turn a blind eye. The terrorist rogue state created and funded by the western terrorist war mongering states. Palestinian have the right to defend themselves against the theses oppressors and shall never ever give up their fight for their homeland.

8 ) holocaust 2014 in gaza / live
02/08/2014 17:26
#5 so what? America trained Al Qaeda thru th CIA and armed them. Just like now they created a new Al Qaeda called ISIS. Missed shot down Malaysia flight over Ukraine. I know these Ergon boy zzz are at it. P.s. my question is why do rabbis suck on the babies penis after they cut it for circumcision

9 ) Devdas / INDIA
03/08/2014 16:54
I hope and pray the world leaders including all religious leaders, the Pope, the Cardinals, Bishops and priests of the Catholic Church and Christian and other religious leaders around the world speak strongly and unanimously condem Israel like Archbishop Capucci said. What Israel is doing are so inhumane, pathetic, barbaric and cruel. Israel claim to be the 'chosen people'; is it what God has spoken through the Torah and the Prophets? To massacre innocent women, children and elderly?

10 ) Julianne / U.S.A.
03/08/2014 20:49
Dead Israelis? 3? One died because she was overweight and had a heart attack on her way to a shelter; another died "taking food to soldiers". Really? And a soldier died doing what soldiers do. Kill. And of course, 43 or so soldiers died trying to kill more children as they marched through Gaza. Every human counts, but its difficult to compare to the thousands of people the Zionists have killed so far, mostly women and children, and the thousands more they've killed over 60 years.

11 ) paul moss / UK
10/08/2014 15:30
Who , may I ask reviews the comments , Hamas or ISIS ?
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