ASIA/HOLY LAND - Latin Patriarch Twal after the attack against the synagogue in Jerusalem: stop the endless spiral of revenge

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - "I extend my condolences to the relatives of the victims of the assault against the Synagogue of Jerusalem and all the violence that bloody the Holy Land. In our churches, convents and monasteries, we will pray more than ever that the Lord helps us and helps political leaders to take the right steps so that there is peace and security for all, all, all". This is how the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, expresses, in a statement to Agenzia Fides, his participation and closeness to the victims of the attack which took place this morning at a synagogue in Jerusalem and all those who continue to suffer from the conflicts that mark the land where Jesus lived.
The Patriarch, who has just returned from a trip abroad, describes a Jerusalem marked by a strengthening of security measures and roadblocks. "But this - adds His Beatitude - is a sign that the situation is anything but normal, and control measures cannot solve the seriousness of the problems. It is necessary to go to the roots, remove the causes of despair that breeds violence, stop the endless spiral of revenge. Otherwise we will always live in fear, without freedom or dignity. These are the thoughts that we have in our hearts, as we approach Christmas".
In the attack that this morning hit the synagogue in the suburb of Har Nof, four Jews were killed and eight others were injured. The attackers used guns, axes and knives. At least two of them were killed. According to preliminary information provided by the Israeli press, they were two Palestinian Arab residents of East Jerusalem. Israeli sources also report a third bomber arrested. Hamas issued a claim of responsibility of the attack, while the condemnation of all actions that results in the death of civilians was reaffirmed by the President of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a harsh response regarding the attack by Israel, assigning liability to both Hamas and the Palestinian National Authority.
In Jerusalem, after recent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in front of the Esplanade of Mosques, the tension had risen in the last hours after the discovery of the body of Palestinian Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, a bus driver found hanged at the terminus of Har Hotzvim on Sunday night. The outcome of the autopsy had spoken of suicide, while according to Palestinian sources, the driver was beaten and then murdered. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 18/11/2014)