VATICAN PAPER DENOUNCES ISRAELI VIOLENCE

VATICAN, Mar 11, 02 (CWNews.com) -- Marking March 9 as
"the bloodiest day in the 17 months of the intifada in
the Holy Land," L'Osservatore Romano has denounced
Israeli government policies toward the Palestinian
people.

The Israeli policy, the Vatican newspaper argued, "if
at first it seemed designed to humiliate a people, now
appears designed to destroy them." L'Osservatore Romano
added that "the desire for dialogue expressed by
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in sharp
contrast to the actions of his own government."

On Saturday, March 9, the Vatican paper observed, 44
Palestinian people were killed. The report added:
"Students, doctors, children were victims of a violence
that did not spare civilians."