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Spring blossoms about to burst out all over the Archbishop of Canterbury?
Well, what did I say yesterday? Poor Lubov Razdolskaya has barely been buried by her grieving family, while her husband and other victims of the Palestinian murder attack still suffer in hospital. Yet, as though nothing had happened, the Independent Catholic News chooses this moment to publish a call from Bishop Kenney to remove the security barrier which largely protects Israelis from such terrorist attacks. He calls it an insult to human dignity.
Not as big an insult as being murdered, surely? And why are the lives of one people worth less than the convenience of another? Here he complains about some minor inconvenience caused to Palestinians by checkpoints set up to protect Jewish lives.
These children had travelled sometimes for many hours and through various check-points in order to be there for the feast of the children for the day when the Church celebrates the Epiphany. The irony of that situation was not lost on many of the adults present. The feast celebrates that God showed himself as a human being to the people who were not Jews.
But here’s a note of hope, as pleasantly surprising as seeing buds starting to appear on trees at the end of winter. Archbishop Rowan Williams has given a lecture to the House of Lords on Religious Hatred and Religious Offence
Stephen Pollard picks out an appropriate passage and comments:
Credit where it's due. Rowan Williams, who previously I had thought at best a waste of space and, sometimes, a lot worse in his attitude towards Israel, has made a remarkably strong attack on antisemites and the elision of anti-Zionism and antisemitism.
Do read it, and also Dr Irene Lancaster's thoughts on the subject.
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