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First Things First, The Pope Reports to the Kahal in Germany

September 22, 2011
During the afternoon of the first day of his state visit to his native Germany, September 22, 2011, Pope Benedict met with some 15 representatives of the Judaic Community in Germany. The meeting took place in Berlin’s Reichstag Building behind closed doors as is so often the case with Judaic matters. Here is the English translation of the full text of his speech with much needed corrections:

I am glad to be taking part in this meeting with you [rabbis and big machers] here in Berlin. I warmly thank [real estate mogul and] President [of the Central Council of the Self-Chosen in Germany,] Dr Dieter Graumann [formerly of the “sacrosanct” German Central Bank] for his [ostensibly] kind words of greeting [which, in effect, illustrate the fact that the first order of business of any papal trip abroad is to report to the local rabbis]. They make it very clear to me how much [collusion] has grown between the [rabbis] and the [pseudo-Catholic] Church, who hold in common a not insignificant part of their essential [anti-Christian] traditions. At the same time it is clear to us all that a [sinister] relationship of mutual [conspiring] between [counterfeit] Israel and the [pseudo-Catholic] Church–[the psuedo-Church assisting the megalomaniacal aspirations] of [counterfeit Israel]–still has further to grow [due to some small, lingering, residual effect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ] and needs to be built into the heart of our proclamation of the [‘Noahide’] faith.

On my visit to the Synagogue in Cologne six years ago, Rabbi Teitelbaum spoke of [compulsive] remembrance [of Judaic fables emphasizing victimhood] as one of the supporting pillars that are needed [to support the Judaic Imperium]. And today I find myself in a central place of remembrance [according to one of those fables], the appalling remembrance that it was from here [the Berlin Reichstag building] that the Shoah, the annihilation of [the Judaic people] in Europe, was planned and organized. [There is no basis in fact for claiming that an annihilation of “The Jews” was planned at the Reichstag but Judaic psychodrama is about creating our own ‘reality’ and then imposing it upon the masses]. Before the Nazi terror, there were about half a million [Judaic people] living in Germany, [some of whom answered big macher, Samuel Untermyer’s call to “holy war” against] German society. [Judaic bankers were financing both sides of the “holy war”, as Samuel Untermyer noted]. After the Second World War, Germany was [branded] the “Land of the Shoah”, where it had [allegedly] become virtually impossible [for Judaic people] to live, [even though it was far more hospitable to the countless Judaic lawyers who descended upon it than the conquered German people]. Initially there were hardly any efforts to re-establish the old Jewish communities [because it was intended by Judaic power brokers that the Judaic people of Europe should form a Zionist state in Palestine], even though [Judaic] individuals and families were constantly arriving from the East [putting paid to the lie that post-WWII Germany was inhospitable to Judaic people]. Many of them wanted to emigrate and build a new life, especially in the United States. [Only the Zionist fanatics among them wanted to go to Palestine].

In this place, remembrance must also be made of the Kristallnacht that took place from 9 to 10 November 1938. Only a few could see the full extent of this [misdirected] act of [contempt against the policies and practices of villains like Samuel Untermyer, who were hiding in their castles out of reach of the common people]. Bernhard Lichtenberg, … cried out from the pulpit of Saint Hedwig’s Cathedral: “Outside, the [synagogue] is burning – that too is the house of God” [a falsehood if there ever was one]. The Nazi reign of terror was based on a racist myth [closely following the racist myth at the foundation of Orthodox Judaism], part of which was the rejection of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Jesus Christ and of all who believe in him [as Orthodox Judaism is a rejection of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Jesus Christ and of all who believe in him]. The supposedly “almighty” Adolf Hitler was a pagan idol, who wanted to take the place of the biblical God, the Creator and Father of all men [just as the “almighty” rabbis are pagan idols, who want to take the place of the biblical God, the Creator and Father of all men]. Refusal to heed this one God always makes people heedless of human dignity as well [and nowhere is this more evident today than in counterfeit Israel and in the policies of the other nations bought off by its controllers]. What man is capable of when he rejects God, and what the face of a people can look like when it denies this God, the terrible images from the concentration camps at the end of the war showed [but not nearly so much as the terrorist atomic bombing of civilian cities in Japan, the Allied terror firebombing of Dresden, the forced starvation in the Ukraine or the Israeli terror bombing of Lebanon and Gaza].

In the light of this [‘remembrance’ of perpetual Judaic victimhood and coverup of Judaic atrocities], a new development has been seen in recent decades, which makes it possible to speak of [an ascendance] of [Judaic dominance] in Germany [and throughout the West]. It should be stressed that the [Judaic] community during this time has made particularly [fanatical] efforts to [send] Eastern European [emigrants] to [build homes on Palestinian land].

I would also like to express my appreciation for the deepening [monologue falsely described as] dialogue of the [pseudo-Catholic] Church with Judaism. The [true] Church feels [the oppression of] the [rabbis]. With the Declaration Nostra Aetate of the Second Vatican Council [more than less dictated by Rabbi Abraham Heschel], an “irrevocable commitment to pursue the [Masonic] path of dialogue, fraternity and friendship” was made (cf. Address in the Synagogue in Rome, 17 January 2010).  This is true of the [pseudo-Catholic] Church as a whole, in which [rabbi-blessed] John Paul II committed himself to this new path with particular zeal. Naturally it is also true of the [pseudo-Catholic] Church in Germany, which [the rabbis task with] particular responsibility in this regard. In the public domain, special mention should be made of the “Week of Fraternity”, organized each year during the first week of March by local Societies for [pseudo-Christian]-[rabbinic] Partnership.

On the Catholic side there are also annual meetings between [scoundrels in bishops’ clothing] and rabbis as well as structured conversations with the Central Council of [The Self-Chosen]. Back in the 1970s, the Central Committee of German [‘Noahide’] Catholics (ZdK) took the initiative of establishing a “Jews and Christians” forum, which over the years has issued many [subversive] documents. Nor must we overlook the historic meeting for Judaic-Christian [Talmud study] that took place in March 2006 with the participation of [crypto-rabbi] Walter Kasper. That meeting has continued to bear [rotten] fruit right up to the present time.

Alongside these [blameworthy] initiatives, it seems to me that [Christians must also be increasingly compelled to believe, falsely, that they have some kind of] inner affinity with Judaism. For [true] Christians, there can be no rupture in salvation history [that’s why we enemies of Christian salvation put Auschwitz in the place of Calvary]. Salvation comes from the Jews [said Jesus Christ (cf. Jn 4:22) prior to His death and resurrection, and indeed salvation did come through Him–2000 years ago. Salvation does not come from people who call themselves ‘Jews’ and deny Jesus Christ, but we repeatedly suggest that it does anyway]. When Jesus’ conflict with the [Pharisaism] of his time is interpreted as [it truly was, it’s clear that Judaism distorts Old Testament scripture making it] merely as a slavish enactment of rituals and outward observances [which make the word of God of no effect]. In fact, the Sermon on the Mount does not abolish the Mosaic Law, but [fulfills it as Jesus said]. It points us towards [scripture’s true meaning because Jesus is its author but I obscure this simple fact as much as possible with Buberesque language].

The message of hope contained in the books of the Christian Old Testament has been [misappropriated] and [made void] in different ways by [rabbis] and [nominal] Christians. “After centuries of antagonism, we now see it as our task to bring [Christians under the rabbinic yoke], if we are to understand [the rabbis’] will and [their] word aright” (Jesus of Nazareth. Part Two: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, pp. 33f.). This [unjust arrangement will] serve to [bring Christians under a ‘Noahide law’ tyranny].

All in all, we may conclude that the [terms dictated to the pseudo-Catholic] Church [by] Judaism in Germany have already borne [poisonous] fruits. [An unequal yoke has] been forged. [We say that those who call themselves] Jews and Christians certainly [must play] a shared [role] the [destruction] of society, which always includes a [Talmudic] dimension. May all those taking part in this journey [to oblivion] move forward together [towards a Judaic kingdom based in Jerusalem]. To this end, may the One and Almighty [god of the Talmud–the rabbis], grant his blessing.

The deception-riddled original here:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2011/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20110922_jewish-berlin_en.html

Also see:

Bad Advice From the Pope

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‘Truth’ Synthesized Dialogically

July 25, 2009

In SSPX Fr. Scott’s commentary on Pope Benedict’s recent misnamed encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, inter alia, he offers the following insight:

Here is the Pope’s definition of truth, playing on the Greek expression for the Word (of God): “Truth, in fact, is lógos which creates diá-logos, and hence communication and communion.” Truth requires communication with others’ truth. The very next sentence explains what he means by communication, namely if a person is not willing to let go of his personal opinions, he cannot have the truth: “Truth, by enabling men and women to let go of their subjective opinions and impressions, allows them to move beyond cultural and historical limitations and to come together in the assessment of the value and substance of things” (§4). Without such a sharing with others there is no truth, for man is isolated in his “subjective opinions.” (Fr. Scott, “HUMANIST MANIFESTO: A commentary on the encyclical Caritas in veritate”)

I have suggested in the past that those who seek to know the origin of Benedict’s (and many other bishops’, particularly Cardinal Kasper) foreign concept of “dialogue” must look to the writings of hasidic philosopher Martin Buber (and the Bal Shem Tov and other kabbalists Buber’s thinking was derived from), who Benedict and Kasper have both plainly said is a major influence.

see:

Benedict XVI: Dialogue With the People of the Talmud a “Sacred Duty”

Walter Kasper’s Mentor: Hassidic Philosopher, Martin Buber

The Dialogical Path Towards Disaster

The Gospel tells us Jesus taught as one having authority. The Truths of Jesus’ teachings weren’t arrived at through ‘dialogue’ with Pharisees as a means of “moving beyond cultural and historical limitations.” Neither do we see such an example in the Apostles or the Church fathers. Benedict is preaching an anti-Gospel. He’s claiming a “sacred” mandate to get us seated at the table with the lawyers so that they can defraud us with their word magic. There is no example for “sacred dialogue” in the Church canon. Beware these hasidic teachings of Benedict XVI. They lead to ruin.

‘Truth’ Synthesized Dialogically

July 25, 2009

In SSPX Fr. Scott’s commentary on Pope Benedict’s recent misnamed encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, inter alia, he offers the following insight:

Here is the Pope’s definition of truth, playing on the Greek expression for the Word (of God): “Truth, in fact, is lógos which creates diá-logos, and hence communication and communion.” Truth requires communication with others’ truth. The very next sentence explains what he means by communication, namely if a person is not willing to let go of his personal opinions, he cannot have the truth: “Truth, by enabling men and women to let go of their subjective opinions and impressions, allows them to move beyond cultural and historical limitations and to come together in the assessment of the value and substance of things” (§4). Without such a sharing with others there is no truth, for man is isolated in his “subjective opinions.” (Fr. Scott, “HUMANIST MANIFESTO: A commentary on the encyclical Caritas in veritate”)

I have suggested in the past that those who seek to know the origin of Benedict’s (and many other bishops’, particularly Cardinal Kasper) foreign concept of “dialogue” must look to the writings of hasidic philosopher Martin Buber (and the Bal Shem Tov and other kabbalists Buber’s thinking was derived from), who Benedict and Kasper have both plainly said is a major influence.

see:

Benedict XVI: Dialogue With the People of the Talmud a “Sacred Duty”

Walter Kasper’s Mentor: Hassidic Philosopher, Martin Buber

The Dialogical Path Towards Disaster

The Gospel tells us Jesus taught as one having authority. The Truths of Jesus’ teachings weren’t arrived at through ‘dialogue’ with Pharisees as a means of “moving beyond cultural and historical limitations.” Neither do we see such an example in the Apostles or the Church fathers. Benedict is preaching an anti-Gospel. He’s claiming a “sacred” mandate to get us seated at the table with the lawyers so that they can defraud us with their word magic. There is no example for “sacred dialogue” in the Church canon. Beware these hasidic teachings of Benedict XVI. They lead to ruin.

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

May 14, 2009

While “hasbara” translates most directly as “explanation,” what it has come to mean in practical terms is “any mechanism for making brutal, racist Israeli policy and practice seem palatable to the world.”

Benedict XVI validates war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, May 14, 2009 near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During Netanyahu’s first term as Israeli Prime Minister he pitted Muslims against Christians by approving construction of a Mosque on the site of the Annunciation.

***
… as one [Israeli] government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired in Politics

05/14/2009

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth

… Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.

The two popes who preceded him to the Holy Land appear to have better appreciated that point.

The first, Paul VI, made a hurried 12-hour stop in 1964, before the Vatican and Israel had established diplomatic relations, to conduct a Mass in Nazareth. During that time he did not utter the word “Israel” or formally meet with an Israeli official.

The second, John Paul II, came to the Holy Land in radically different circumstances: for the millennium, when hopes were still bright for the peace process. The Vatican had recognized Israel a few years earlier and the pontiff worked hard to soothe long-standing Jewish grievances against the Catholic church.

But he is also remembered by Palestinians for his bold move in joining Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, on a visit to the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where he cited UN resolutions against Israel and graphically described the “degrading conditions” under which Palestinians lived.

A decade on, the degrading conditions of occupation have worsened considerably and hopes of peace have vanished. In the circumstances, some Palestinians question what point a papal visit has served.

“The very act of coming here is a political act that works to the benefit of Israel,” observed Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent peace activist who teaches at the West Bank’s only Catholic university, in Bethlehem.

“This Pope’s visit, unlike his predecessor’s, offers no novelty — apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimize an extreme right-wing government.”

Israeli officials too are unpersuaded by the Pope’s claim that he can avoid being dragged into local politics. Or as one government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Israel has established the largest press centre in the country’s history for this visit, while police have broken up attempts by Palestinian organizations in Jerusalem to present a rival picture to journalists.

The attempts at careful stage management began from the moment the Pope’s plane touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday. At the reception, Pope Benedict stood between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Peres to listen not only to the Israeli national anthem but also to Jerusalem of Gold, a song popularised by soldiers during the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

The lyrics — offensive to Palestinians — describe an empty and neglected city before the arrival of Jews.

Similarly, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, made a point of welcoming him to the “capital of Israel and the Jewish people”, a description of Jerusalem not recognized in international law.

After the Pope failed to object, the Israeli media happily concluded that the country’s occupation of Jerusalem had papal blessing.

In addition, Palestinians, including the 100,000 with ties to Rome, have been angered by the Pope’s official meeting with the parents of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a humanitarian gesture made political for them by the fact that he has not extended the same courtesy to the parents of any of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli captivity.

Many Palestinians appreciate that the Pope — with his unfortunate, if apparently involuntary, connections to Nazi Germany — has been especially careful not to offend Israeli sensitivities, even if his speech at Yad Vashem failed to live up to the country’s high expectations.

But some also conclude that he has done too little to let the world know of their own plight.

Under pressure from Israel he has refused to visit Gaza, even at the beseeching of the tiny and besieged community of Catholics there.

Yesterday, to minimize Israel’s embarrassment, Vatican officials tried as best they could to keep him out of view of the oppressive wall that encircles Bethlehem. But he did speak to the press outside a UN school at a refugee camp within metres of the wall.

And today, as he headed to Nazareth to celebrate mass, he will not meet Mazin Ghanaim, mayor of the Galilee town of Sakhnin, after Israel labelled Mr Ghanaim a “supporter of terror” for criticizing its offensive in Gaza …

But Israel has not been able to control the message completely. On his one-day trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp yesterday, the Pope did acknowledge Palestinian suffering and the destruction of Gaza, even if he blamed it vaguely on “the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades”.

He lamented the difficulties Palestinians face in reaching their holy places in Jerusalem, though he appeared to justify the restrictions on Israel’s “serious security concerns”.

And he criticized the building of a wall around Bethlehem, while attributing its construction to the “stalemate” in relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

full article:

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15101

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

May 14, 2009

While “hasbara” translates most directly as “explanation,” what it has come to mean in practical terms is “any mechanism for making brutal, racist Israeli policy and practice seem palatable to the world.”

Benedict XVI validates war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, May 14, 2009 near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. During Netanyahu’s first term as Israeli Prime Minister he pitted Muslims against Christians by approving construction of a Mosque on the site of the Annunciation.

***
… as one [Israeli] government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired in Politics

05/14/2009

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth

… Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.

The two popes who preceded him to the Holy Land appear to have better appreciated that point.

The first, Paul VI, made a hurried 12-hour stop in 1964, before the Vatican and Israel had established diplomatic relations, to conduct a Mass in Nazareth. During that time he did not utter the word “Israel” or formally meet with an Israeli official.

The second, John Paul II, came to the Holy Land in radically different circumstances: for the millennium, when hopes were still bright for the peace process. The Vatican had recognized Israel a few years earlier and the pontiff worked hard to soothe long-standing Jewish grievances against the Catholic church.

But he is also remembered by Palestinians for his bold move in joining Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, on a visit to the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where he cited UN resolutions against Israel and graphically described the “degrading conditions” under which Palestinians lived.

A decade on, the degrading conditions of occupation have worsened considerably and hopes of peace have vanished. In the circumstances, some Palestinians question what point a papal visit has served.

“The very act of coming here is a political act that works to the benefit of Israel,” observed Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent peace activist who teaches at the West Bank’s only Catholic university, in Bethlehem.

“This Pope’s visit, unlike his predecessor’s, offers no novelty — apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimize an extreme right-wing government.”

Israeli officials too are unpersuaded by the Pope’s claim that he can avoid being dragged into local politics. Or as one government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Israel has established the largest press centre in the country’s history for this visit, while police have broken up attempts by Palestinian organizations in Jerusalem to present a rival picture to journalists.

The attempts at careful stage management began from the moment the Pope’s plane touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday. At the reception, Pope Benedict stood between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Peres to listen not only to the Israeli national anthem but also to Jerusalem of Gold, a song popularised by soldiers during the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

The lyrics — offensive to Palestinians — describe an empty and neglected city before the arrival of Jews.

Similarly, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, made a point of welcoming him to the “capital of Israel and the Jewish people”, a description of Jerusalem not recognized in international law.

After the Pope failed to object, the Israeli media happily concluded that the country’s occupation of Jerusalem had papal blessing.

In addition, Palestinians, including the 100,000 with ties to Rome, have been angered by the Pope’s official meeting with the parents of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a humanitarian gesture made political for them by the fact that he has not extended the same courtesy to the parents of any of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli captivity.

Many Palestinians appreciate that the Pope — with his unfortunate, if apparently involuntary, connections to Nazi Germany — has been especially careful not to offend Israeli sensitivities, even if his speech at Yad Vashem failed to live up to the country’s high expectations.

But some also conclude that he has done too little to let the world know of their own plight.

Under pressure from Israel he has refused to visit Gaza, even at the beseeching of the tiny and besieged community of Catholics there.

Yesterday, to minimize Israel’s embarrassment, Vatican officials tried as best they could to keep him out of view of the oppressive wall that encircles Bethlehem. But he did speak to the press outside a UN school at a refugee camp within metres of the wall.

And today, as he headed to Nazareth to celebrate mass, he will not meet Mazin Ghanaim, mayor of the Galilee town of Sakhnin, after Israel labelled Mr Ghanaim a “supporter of terror” for criticizing its offensive in Gaza …

But Israel has not been able to control the message completely. On his one-day trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp yesterday, the Pope did acknowledge Palestinian suffering and the destruction of Gaza, even if he blamed it vaguely on “the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades”.

He lamented the difficulties Palestinians face in reaching their holy places in Jerusalem, though he appeared to justify the restrictions on Israel’s “serious security concerns”.

And he criticized the building of a wall around Bethlehem, while attributing its construction to the “stalemate” in relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

full article:

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15101

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

May 14, 2009

While “hasbara” translates most directly as “explanation,” what it has come to mean in practical terms is “any mechanism for making brutal, racist Israeli policy and practice seem palatable to the world.”

Benedict XVI validates war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, May 14, 2009 near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth in another yin yang photo op. During Netanyahu’s first term as Israeli Prime Minister he pitted Muslims against Christians by approving construction of a Mosque on the site of the Annunciation.

***
… as one [Israeli] government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Pope’s ‘Pilgrimage’ Mired in Politics

05/14/2009

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth

… Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a “pilgrim of peace”, with his staff accentuating that his role would be spiritual rather than political.

In truth, however, Pope Benedict’s visit was mired in politics the moment he agreed, at the invitation of Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, to step into this conflict-torn region.

The two popes who preceded him to the Holy Land appear to have better appreciated that point.

The first, Paul VI, made a hurried 12-hour stop in 1964, before the Vatican and Israel had established diplomatic relations, to conduct a Mass in Nazareth. During that time he did not utter the word “Israel” or formally meet with an Israeli official.

The second, John Paul II, came to the Holy Land in radically different circumstances: for the millennium, when hopes were still bright for the peace process. The Vatican had recognized Israel a few years earlier and the pontiff worked hard to soothe long-standing Jewish grievances against the Catholic church.

But he is also remembered by Palestinians for his bold move in joining Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, on a visit to the Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, where he cited UN resolutions against Israel and graphically described the “degrading conditions” under which Palestinians lived.

A decade on, the degrading conditions of occupation have worsened considerably and hopes of peace have vanished. In the circumstances, some Palestinians question what point a papal visit has served.

“The very act of coming here is a political act that works to the benefit of Israel,” observed Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent peace activist who teaches at the West Bank’s only Catholic university, in Bethlehem.

“This Pope’s visit, unlike his predecessor’s, offers no novelty — apart from his decision to stand next to [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and legitimize an extreme right-wing government.”

Israeli officials too are unpersuaded by the Pope’s claim that he can avoid being dragged into local politics. Or as one government adviser told the Haaretz newspaper: “We have become pariahs in so many places around the globe. Promoting the Pope’s visit to the state is part of changing that.”

Israel has established the largest press centre in the country’s history for this visit, while police have broken up attempts by Palestinian organizations in Jerusalem to present a rival picture to journalists.

The attempts at careful stage management began from the moment the Pope’s plane touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday. At the reception, Pope Benedict stood between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Peres to listen not only to the Israeli national anthem but also to Jerusalem of Gold, a song popularised by soldiers during the capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war.

The lyrics — offensive to Palestinians — describe an empty and neglected city before the arrival of Jews.

Similarly, Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, made a point of welcoming him to the “capital of Israel and the Jewish people”, a description of Jerusalem not recognized in international law.

After the Pope failed to object, the Israeli media happily concluded that the country’s occupation of Jerusalem had papal blessing.

In addition, Palestinians, including the 100,000 with ties to Rome, have been angered by the Pope’s official meeting with the parents of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, a humanitarian gesture made political for them by the fact that he has not extended the same courtesy to the parents of any of the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli captivity.

Many Palestinians appreciate that the Pope — with his unfortunate, if apparently involuntary, connections to Nazi Germany — has been especially careful not to offend Israeli sensitivities, even if his speech at Yad Vashem failed to live up to the country’s high expectations.

But some also conclude that he has done too little to let the world know of their own plight.

Under pressure from Israel he has refused to visit Gaza, even at the beseeching of the tiny and besieged community of Catholics there.

Yesterday, to minimize Israel’s embarrassment, Vatican officials tried as best they could to keep him out of view of the oppressive wall that encircles Bethlehem. But he did speak to the press outside a UN school at a refugee camp within metres of the wall.

And today, as he headed to Nazareth to celebrate mass, he will not meet Mazin Ghanaim, mayor of the Galilee town of Sakhnin, after Israel labelled Mr Ghanaim a “supporter of terror” for criticizing its offensive in Gaza …

But Israel has not been able to control the message completely. On his one-day trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp yesterday, the Pope did acknowledge Palestinian suffering and the destruction of Gaza, even if he blamed it vaguely on “the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades”.

He lamented the difficulties Palestinians face in reaching their holy places in Jerusalem, though he appeared to justify the restrictions on Israel’s “serious security concerns”.

And he criticized the building of a wall around Bethlehem, while attributing its construction to the “stalemate” in relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

full article:

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15101

Maronite Christians in Counterfeit Israel Hope Pope Will Ask His Elder Brother Zionists to Return Stolen Land

May 9, 2009

Language of Jesus keeps memories alive in Israel

May 9, 2009

JISH, Israel (AFP) — Israel razed their ancestral village 56 years ago, but some Christians are determined to preserve its heritage by keeping alive the language that Jesus spoke.

“Shlomo malfonito” — “Hello teacher” — intone some 20 pupils in the Arab-Israeli village of Jish, where half the population is Maronite, a people who for centuries have lived in the mountains of Lebanon and nearby.

The children get free lessons in Aramaic, an ancient tongue spoken during the time of Jesus Christ and kept alive down the centuries by fellow Maronites.

Shadi Khalul, 33, organised the lessons and teaches the language of his ancestors along with his brother, sister-in-law and three others so the young people in the northern village remember their roots in Biram some four kilometres (2.5 miles) away.

That village was razed by Israel in 1953, nearly five years after the authorities of the then six-month-old Jewish state evacuated its 1,050 residents in November 1948. They said it would be a temporary measure.

Biram was destroyed despite an Israeli Supreme Court ruling that ordered a return of the residents, who were Israeli citizens when they were expelled from their homes.

“We want to preserve the heritage of our ancestors in Biram, who learned Aramaic,” says Khalul. “It’s a way of keeping alive the memory of what was the only Maronite village in Israel.”

Most of Biram’s former residents settled in Jish, with the remainder spread out over other parts of Galilee and some going back to Lebanon.

But the decades that have passed have not eased the longing to return home.

“In our fight to return to Biram we have never resorted to violence,” says Amir Khalul, Shadi’s brother and fellow teacher of Aramaic. “We have appealed to the justice system as citizens of this country.”

They are also hoping that the Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land will improve their chances, and have asked Roman Catholic Church officials if the pontiff can raise the issue when he meets Israeli leaders.

“We hope the pope will bring up our case with Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), but it remains to be seen if he will apply any pressure,” says Shadi Khalul.

“For us the best scenario would be for the pope himself to visit Biram, and we proposed as much to the Apostolic Nuncio,” the Vatican’s envoy to Israel.

In the classroom, the students are repeating words and phrases in Aramaic.

The classes always end in prayer, with pupils and teachers forming a circle and reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

“Abu id bashmayo, nitkadash ishmokh, titi malakotokh… Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come…”

Some 60 children in all participate in the weekly one-hour class, where they also learn basic conversation in Aramaic.

“I already know to say “Shlomo aykano itayk? Aino tabto,” 12-year-old Melodie Zaknoon says proudly. “It means ‘How are you? I’m doing fine’.”

Today all that remains of Biram is Our Lady of Biram church and an ancient synagogue. The Israeli government has turned part of the village just a few kilometres from the Lebanese border into a public park.

The church has become a symbol of the attachment many former Biram residents and their offspring have for the place their families called home for centuries.

Families originally from Biram regularly celebrate mass in the stone church, whose cross has grown rusty over time. Marriages, christenings and funerals are also held there.

“That was my house,” says 92-year-old Habib Issa, pointing to a pile of rocks among weeds and fig trees.

His face is lined with wrinkles and his mouth is toothless, but Issa’s grip is as strong as that of a man in his prime. The white-haired old man was one of the last people to leave the village, ordered out by the Israeli military.

He still recalls the encounter with the Israeli commander who told him to leave. “He was surly and arrogant and spoke in a menacing way,” Issa says.

Before their forced exile, the Maronites of Biram used to study Aramaic in two rooms attached to the church.

“We had two teachers who had come from Lebanon. One taught French and the other Aramaic,” Issa says.

“Biram has been a gaping wound for more than 50 years and we will return no matter how long our exile lasts,” proclaims a plaque on a wall of the church.

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Maronite Christians in Counterfeit Israel Hope Pope Will Ask His Elder Brother Zionists to Return Stolen Land

May 9, 2009

Language of Jesus keeps memories alive in Israel

May 9, 2009

JISH, Israel (AFP) — Israel razed their ancestral village 56 years ago, but some Christians are determined to preserve its heritage by keeping alive the language that Jesus spoke.

“Shlomo malfonito” — “Hello teacher” — intone some 20 pupils in the Arab-Israeli village of Jish, where half the population is Maronite, a people who for centuries have lived in the mountains of Lebanon and nearby.

The children get free lessons in Aramaic, an ancient tongue spoken during the time of Jesus Christ and kept alive down the centuries by fellow Maronites.

Shadi Khalul, 33, organised the lessons and teaches the language of his ancestors along with his brother, sister-in-law and three others so the young people in the northern village remember their roots in Biram some four kilometres (2.5 miles) away.

That village was razed by Israel in 1953, nearly five years after the authorities of the then six-month-old Jewish state evacuated its 1,050 residents in November 1948. They said it would be a temporary measure.

Biram was destroyed despite an Israeli Supreme Court ruling that ordered a return of the residents, who were Israeli citizens when they were expelled from their homes.

“We want to preserve the heritage of our ancestors in Biram, who learned Aramaic,” says Khalul. “It’s a way of keeping alive the memory of what was the only Maronite village in Israel.”

Most of Biram’s former residents settled in Jish, with the remainder spread out over other parts of Galilee and some going back to Lebanon.

But the decades that have passed have not eased the longing to return home.

“In our fight to return to Biram we have never resorted to violence,” says Amir Khalul, Shadi’s brother and fellow teacher of Aramaic. “We have appealed to the justice system as citizens of this country.”

They are also hoping that the Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land will improve their chances, and have asked Roman Catholic Church officials if the pontiff can raise the issue when he meets Israeli leaders.

“We hope the pope will bring up our case with Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), but it remains to be seen if he will apply any pressure,” says Shadi Khalul.

“For us the best scenario would be for the pope himself to visit Biram, and we proposed as much to the Apostolic Nuncio,” the Vatican’s envoy to Israel.

In the classroom, the students are repeating words and phrases in Aramaic.

The classes always end in prayer, with pupils and teachers forming a circle and reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

“Abu id bashmayo, nitkadash ishmokh, titi malakotokh… Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come…”

Some 60 children in all participate in the weekly one-hour class, where they also learn basic conversation in Aramaic.

“I already know to say “Shlomo aykano itayk? Aino tabto,” 12-year-old Melodie Zaknoon says proudly. “It means ‘How are you? I’m doing fine’.”

Today all that remains of Biram is Our Lady of Biram church and an ancient synagogue. The Israeli government has turned part of the village just a few kilometres from the Lebanese border into a public park.

The church has become a symbol of the attachment many former Biram residents and their offspring have for the place their families called home for centuries.

Families originally from Biram regularly celebrate mass in the stone church, whose cross has grown rusty over time. Marriages, christenings and funerals are also held there.

“That was my house,” says 92-year-old Habib Issa, pointing to a pile of rocks among weeds and fig trees.

His face is lined with wrinkles and his mouth is toothless, but Issa’s grip is as strong as that of a man in his prime. The white-haired old man was one of the last people to leave the village, ordered out by the Israeli military.

He still recalls the encounter with the Israeli commander who told him to leave. “He was surly and arrogant and spoke in a menacing way,” Issa says.

Before their forced exile, the Maronites of Biram used to study Aramaic in two rooms attached to the church.

“We had two teachers who had come from Lebanon. One taught French and the other Aramaic,” Issa says.

“Biram has been a gaping wound for more than 50 years and we will return no matter how long our exile lasts,” proclaims a plaque on a wall of the church.

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Hypocrites!

February 11, 2008

It’s now being reported that the rabbis are going to condemn Benedict’s prayer that he made up for them and foisted upon traditionalists on Shrove Tuesday last week. This is “Jewish” high drama. This serves to make Catholicism seem ever more wicked in the eyes of the world and in need of further updating. It also makes the Vatican appear to be besieged in the eyes of the “trads” and brings support from the foolish among them based upon that appearance. Already “trads” are arguing amongst themselves over the orthodoxy of a prayer which should be rejected straightaway solely based upon it being a concession to enemies of the faith. Once again Catholics have been played by the masters of the dialectic.

Why has this played out in such a devastating way as it has? Because everyone involved in this debacle has forsaken the example set by Jesus Christ for how to deal with Pharisees and their gambits:

“Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answering, said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition?” (Matthew 15;1-3)

There, plain and simple, is the example from Jesus Christ for how to handle Pharisees and their hypocritical gambits–an example we are called to imitate but so rarely do.

When the Pharisees come knocking asking us to change our prayers for the salvation of their eternal souls saying they’re offended by them, the correct answer is, “HYPOCRITES! You who curse us and pray for our destruction three times daily in your obligatory Birkat HaMinim have the audacity to demand that we change our prayers for your salvation? We will not exchange the truth for lies, and may God forgive you for even entertaining the thought!”

Who can come up with a better strategy than Christ?

Here is your ammunition:

And for Christians let there be no hope, and may all the evil in an instant be destroyed and all thy enemies be cut down swiftly; and the evil ones uproot and break and destroy and humble soon in our days. Blessed are you lord who breaks enemies and humbles sinners. (Birkat HaMinim, “Benediction” #12 of the Shmone Esreh (18 Benedictions) mandated by halacha to be prayed by every Orthodox Judaic male three times daily).

This “benediction” is 1918 years old. It predates the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews by centuries. There can be no argument that it was a reaction to “antisemitism” and “Christian violence” as was formulated at the time when the fledgling Christian Church was being persecuted by the synagogues. It has been mandatory that Orthodox Judaic males recite this curse against Christians for 1918 years now and Abe Foxman, The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi-Knight David Rosen, the AJC and the rest of the Pharisees who have demanded that the Catholic liturgy be altered to their specification KNOW THIS. They’re hypocrites. In fact, they’re twice the hypocrite children of hell as their Pharisee spiritual forefathers of whom Christ said: “hypocrites; because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him the child of hell twofold more than yourselves.”

Hypocrites!

February 11, 2008

It’s now being reported that the rabbis are going to condemn Benedict’s prayer that he made up for them and foisted upon traditionalists on Shrove Tuesday last week. This is “Jewish” high drama. This serves to make Catholicism seem ever more wicked in the eyes of the world and in need of further updating. It also makes the Vatican appear to be besieged in the eyes of the “trads” and brings support from the foolish among them based upon that appearance. Already “trads” are arguing amongst themselves over the orthodoxy of a prayer which should be rejected straightaway solely based upon it being a concession to enemies of the faith. Once again Catholics have been played by the masters of the dialectic.

Why has this played out in such a devastating way as it has? Because everyone involved in this debacle has forsaken the example set by Jesus Christ for how to deal with Pharisees and their gambits:

“Then came to him from Jerusalem scribes and Pharisees, saying: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answering, said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition?” (Matthew 15;1-3)

There, plain and simple, is the example from Jesus Christ for how to handle Pharisees and their hypocritical gambits–an example we are called to imitate but so rarely do.

When the Pharisees come knocking asking us to change our prayers for the salvation of their eternal souls saying they’re offended by them, the correct answer is, “HYPOCRITES! You who curse us and pray for our destruction three times daily in your obligatory Birkat HaMinim have the audacity to demand that we change our prayers for your salvation? We will not exchange the truth for lies, and may God forgive you for even entertaining the thought!”

Who can come up with a better strategy than Christ?

Here is your ammunition:

And for Christians let there be no hope, and may all the evil in an instant be destroyed and all thy enemies be cut down swiftly; and the evil ones uproot and break and destroy and humble soon in our days. Blessed are you lord who breaks enemies and humbles sinners. (Birkat HaMinim, “Benediction” #12 of the Shmone Esreh (18 Benedictions) mandated by halacha to be prayed by every Orthodox Judaic male three times daily).

This “benediction” is 1918 years old. It predates the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews by centuries. There can be no argument that it was a reaction to “antisemitism” and “Christian violence” as was formulated at the time when the fledgling Christian Church was being persecuted by the synagogues. It has been mandatory that Orthodox Judaic males recite this curse against Christians for 1918 years now and Abe Foxman, The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi-Knight David Rosen, the AJC and the rest of the Pharisees who have demanded that the Catholic liturgy be altered to their specification KNOW THIS. They’re hypocrites. In fact, they’re twice the hypocrite children of hell as their Pharisee spiritual forefathers of whom Christ said: “hypocrites; because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him the child of hell twofold more than yourselves.”