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Bishop Michel Sabbah sings that old favourite: “I’m dreaming of a wall-less Christmas”
The Patriarch of Jerusalem gave a homily before a ‘peace march’ to the ‘Wall’. In the looking-glass world he appears to occupy, the ‘wall’ results in more killing, whereas in the real world, the defensive barrier has resulted in a reduction in terrorist murders. Notice how he blames the victims of terrorism, the Israelis, and declares them to be at fault for defending themselves, not the terrorists for attacking them.
We need bridges, not walls. Walls isolate; nurse hatred and hostilities, resulting in more killing and acts of violence. And therefore, those who erected the wall are clearly at fault. Here we are, despite the seemingly positive inclinations towards peace, and despite the stubborn intentions of those who continue the construction, calling for a review of the matter and halt of the construction. Let what is being spent on the construction of the wall be spent on building bridges of love among the hearts.
Yes, he goes on about love a great deal in his homily, but repeating the word and saying fine things about it cannot conceal the fact that it is hate, not love, which is behind his words, and a desire to see his terrorist friends free to carry out their efforts at destruction of Jewish lives and the Jewish State.