"Come over to Gaza and help us." (Acts 16: 9)

 

To the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

and faithful brothers in Christ

And to all men of good will all over the world

 Grace and peace to you.

 We, Arab Christians in Gaza - Palestine, we followed the trip of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Germany and listened carefully to His speech in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He said:" In our own day we risk seeing other “concentration camps” perhaps with a different name, other places of terror and intolerance where man strikes man to annihilate him”. And He added:" Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?" Heaven remained silent even towards His Holiness.

 Gaza, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and all the West Bank, are in our own day, the new concentration camps the world feared to see in the 21 century.

The tragedy of the Shoah was ended in Europe and began immediately in Palestine: Seven million Palestinian were sent to Diaspora and three million are under occupation, humiliation, hunger, thirst and prison for years and years. We called out in a loud voice:" How long Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" We received an answer to the angel of Palestine :" wait a little longer , until the number of (your) fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed"( Rev 6: 10- 11)

 Ovens  in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp were really "places of horror, crimes committed against God and man".

 The world, in World War II, to defend 5,700,000 Jews victims of the Holocaust (a) sacrificed:

        Members of armed forces 24,350,000 (b)

        Civilians                            25,100,000 (c)

 But for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, ovens created by the intelligent bombs sent from the aircrafts are worse. Thousands of men, women, innocents and children are burnt and torn without judgment and the world kept silence:" Why, brothers, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?"

At the height of the Holocaust, Pope Pius XII made known to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his opposition to Palestine becoming a Jewish homeland, according to a letter from the US Archives obtained by The Jerusalem Post from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

"It is true that at one time Palestine was inhabited by the Hebrew Race, but there is no axiom in history to substantiate the necessity of a People returning to a country they left nineteen centuries before," the letter reads.

"If a 'Hebrew Home' is desired, it would not be too difficult to find a more fitting territory than Palestine. With an increase in the Jewish population there, grave, new international problems would arise."(Dated June 22, 1943, the letter sent by A. G. Cicognani.)

How could it turn to call us terrorists and those who arose, grave, new international problems are called democratic people?

Holy Father,

Today, Israeli tanks are in Gaza. Warplanes are bombing every where: roads, bridges, homes, water supplies, electricity, children, innocents, men, women and ill persons are targeted. Gaza is living hate, humiliation and death.

Our boat is in the sea. A squall is up and the waves are breaking over our boat, so that we are nearly swamped. You can calm this storm. Teacher, we know that you care if we drown. Please, rebuke the wind and say to the waves:" Quiet! Be still" (Marc 4:35-39).

Holy Father,

The Catholic Parish in Gaza with 200 believers your children and the orthodox community with 3000 friends and 1 300000 Muslims your brothers hearing that next year 2007 Your Holiness will start your pilgrimage to Jerusalem. We cordially invite you to help us to repair and open our Airport in Gaza so that you can land among us and experience the exodus from the land of captivity to the Free Holy Sepulcher.

 Holy Father

 Within us, with us and among us you can find the RISEN LORD.

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" (Rom 12: 15)

 Were Charity and Love there is God and the Church

Fr. Musallam Manuel

Catholic Priest

Gaza - Palestine

 (a) (source: www.shoa.de)  

(b)(source F.W.Putzger, “Historischer Weltatlas”, Velhagen & Klasing)

(c) (sources F.W.Putzger, “Historischer Weltatlas”, Velhagen & Klasing)

     
     
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