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The Holy Father desires for peaceful dialogue...not inflammatory speeches which will diminsh the possiblities of a peaceful resolve between the Nations involved!

Sheikh Tamimi attacks Israel, pope walks out

A leading Palestinian cleric commandeered an evening devoted to interfaith dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI on Monday to rant against Israel for "killing Gaza's children," "bulldozing Palestinian homes" and "destroying mosques."

In an impromptu speech, delivered in Arabic at the Notre Dame Pontifical Institute in Jerusalem, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, chief Islamic judge in the Palestinian Authority, launched a 10-minute tirade against the State of Israel for confiscating Palestinians' land and carrying out war crimes against the residents of Gaza.

He also called for the immediate return of all Palestinian refugees, and called on Christians and Muslims to unite against Israel.

Tamimi invoked the name of Saladin, the Muslim sultan who recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187. Tamimi said that unlike Israel, Saladin upheld the religious freedoms of all faiths.

Following the diatribe and before the meeting was officially over, the pope exited the premises. However, he shook Tamimi's hand before walking out.

The pope, speaking before Tamimi, discussed the importance of religion and truth for the advancement of humanity's mutual understanding.

 

Pope Benedict XVI, center, listens along with Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, left, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, second left, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, second right, and Sheikh Taysir Tamimi during an interfaith gathering at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, Monday, May 11, 2009.

 

He was visibly uncomfortable with the tone of Tamimi's discourse. Even those who did not understand his Arabic quickly understood that the Muslim cleric was giving a militant speech.

Several attempts were made by Latin Patriarch in the Holy Land Fouad Twal, a Palestinian, to politely stop Tamimi. But Tamimi would not be deterred from reading his written speech, apparently prepared in advance without the knowledge of the organizers.

When Tamimi finished, applause could be heard from a few dozen in an audience of a few hundred.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, responded to Tamimi's tirade by e-mail.

"The intervention of Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi was not previewed by the organizers of the interreligious meeting that took place at Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.

"In a meeting dedicated for dialogue this intervention was a direct negation of what dialogue should be. We hope that such incident will not damage the mission of the Holy Father aiming at promoting peace and interreligious dialogue as he has clearly affirmed in many occasions in this pilgrimage.

"We hope also that interreligious dialogue in the Holy Land will not be damaged by this incident," Lombardi said.

Haifa Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, the only Jewish representative on the stage with the pope, attacked Tamimi afterwards for "cynically exploiting the media opportunity to incite and disparage the State of Israel."

Cohen, who is also the cochairman of a joint Chief Rabbinate-Holy See interreligious committee, said he would refuse to meet with Tamimi again.

Oded Weiner, director-general of the Chief Rabbinate, called Tamimi's comments "scandalous" and said the Rabbinate was cutting off all ties with him.

"This unplanned speech embarrassed and was disrespectful toward our honored guest, the pope," Weiner said immediately after the speech.

"While the pope comes on a mission of peace and brotherhood, Sheikh Tamimi comes with a message of war," Weiner said.

The Foreign Ministry and Tourism Ministry released a joint statement saying it was "very unfortunate" that the sheikh took advantage of the event to "wildly incite against Israel."

The statement said that Israel condemned the comments, and that instead of furthering peace and dialogue, the sheikh chose to "sow division and hatred between Israel and the Palestinians, and Jews, Moslems and Christians."

Tamimi staged an identical verbal attack against Israel during Pope John Paul II's visit in March 2000.

Then, Tamimi called on "the occupier" to stop "strangling Jerusalem and oppressing its residents."

Citing land confiscations, house demolitions, settlements and the Baruch Goldstein massacre in Hebron in 1994, Tamimi said Israel had a long record of "genocide" and "shooting and wounding Palestinian children."

"The establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Yasser Arafat as its president and Jerusalem as its capital - this will stop the strife between the religions," Tamimi said at the time.

He also refused to shake the hand of then-chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau.

Rev. Dr. Trond Bakkevig of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, the interfaith body that works with Tamimi, said he was "terribly sorry" about Tamimi's speech. But he hoped that it would not shed a negative light on the entire evening.

"It is important that the whole evening is not just Tamimi's speech," said Bakkevig, who represented the (Lutheran) Church of Norway

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by on May. 12, 2009 at 1:36 AM
Replies (21-30):
imasurvivor
by Member on May. 12, 2009 at 2:43 PM

watching tennis 

  NEXT !!!

Scorpio359
by on May. 12, 2009 at 2:48 PM


Quoting sweetie00:


Quoting Della529:

This is ignorance personafied and if you would have taken the time to actually research anything, you would know that the Pope didn't even bother to leave until after Tamimi had completed his speech.  What does that say?  Really?  Was the Pope being polite...or was he INTERESTED in hearing what the Palestinian cleric had to say?

Considering you are only willing to believe everything that suits you, I would guess you will never know!


yes, and he left AFTER the speech and he shook the guy's hand! This post is at best, misleading, naturally from a rightie.

You irritate the hell out of me. Why do libs and dems have to be such jackasses? My dad was a democrat and believed the govt owed him everything. He was the biggest fool in town. Glad I got away and had a decent mom. And the pope is a very loving man and has a lot of patience with idiots.

Summersnowflake
by on May. 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Seriously everyone, i think he was just trying to be polite by not walking out in the middle of it.  Clearly, he was uncomfortable with the whole speech.  Still, he was polite enough to shake the guy's hand before he left.   This is what any person with a good conscience would do. 

 

blondekosmic15
by on May. 12, 2009 at 2:57 PM


Quoting Della529:

 

Quoting blondekosmic15:
Quoting sweetie00:
Della529:

This is ignorance personafied and if you would have taken the time to actually research anything, you would know that the Pope didn't even bother to leave until after Tamimi had completed his speech.  What does that say?  Really?  Was the Pope being polite...or was he INTERESTED in hearing what the Palestinian cleric had to say?

Considering you are only willing to believe everything that suits you, I would guess you will never know!


yes, and he left AFTER the speech and he shook the guy's hand! This post is at best, misleading, naturally from a rightie.


Again I listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit not to ppl. such as yourselves who care nothin' about the Church except to criticize her! The Pope was being cordial when shaking the hand of Tamimi.....this does not = acceptance of the words of this man who continually wishes to stir of vengence & hatred. The Holy Father is very wise & certainly can discern this! 

Whoa!!  Based on the way you write (talk), it sounds like the voices you are hearing are no where near anything holy, blessed or otherwise.  And, if they are the voices of the "Holy Spirit",  you might do well to listen more closely.  Satan can be ANYTHING and sound like ANYTHING, dear.

The most worshipped potentate didn't sit through the ravings of a so-called "lunatic" due to unGodly knowledge?  He was "just" being "cordial"?  Yeah, okay...The man was listening because the CC holds NO mandate for political Israel being a mandate of BIBLICAL PROPORTION!


I am a practicing Catholic for 31 yrs. now....I really could care less what you believe, Della. I love the Catholic Church & the Holy Scriptures * Jesus is my best friend in life & when I pass into the other world. I do not nor ever will listen to the voices of this world unless they are in union w/ the Church & the Holy Spirit. So your empty remarks mean nothin' to me. If you wish to debate from a sincere heart...that is fine. But we both know { including God } your only intention is to criticize & belittle me for the sake of your own appeasement. To understand God you must seek him w/ a humble heart thru devout prayer on a daily basis or you will never truly know God or the Church. The Scriptures even warn us concerning this. I find it disturbing that some of you are so eager to demean me but fail to even criticize this man Tamimi for his hateful remarks which will undoubtedly cause more unrest as opposed to taking any steps forward to resolving peace between the Nations involved. It is more paramount to you to attack me & attempt to prove me wrong but seemingly care nothin' about the efforts of peace being diminshed @ the risk of these comments of this man named Tamimi~

luvmygrndhg
by on May. 12, 2009 at 2:58 PM


Quoting rayzensun:

didnt you hear? this pope is the antichrist


Let's examine the meaning of the word antichrist....anti means against .  Jesus  said "He who is not with me is against me (Matthew 12:30).  The Pope is very much withChrist, proclaiming and living His teachings just as Peter, Jesus' first Vicar did.

How about you?  Are you with Christ?

 

~*~Peace and blessings~*~
blondekosmic15
by on May. 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM


Quoting Scorpio359:

 

Quoting sweetie00:

 

Quoting Della529:

This is ignorance personafied and if you would have taken the time to actually research anything, you would know that the Pope didn't even bother to leave until after Tamimi had completed his speech.  What does that say?  Really?  Was the Pope being polite...or was he INTERESTED in hearing what the Palestinian cleric had to say?

Considering you are only willing to believe everything that suits you, I would guess you will never know!


yes, and he left AFTER the speech and he shook the guy's hand! This post is at best, misleading, naturally from a rightie.

You irritate the hell out of me. Why do libs and dems have to be such jackasses? My dad was a democrat and believed the govt owed him everything. He was the biggest fool in town. Glad I got away and had a decent mom. And the pope is a very loving man and has a lot of patience with idiots.


Thank you scorpio.....what do they think the Pope is goin' to do? Stand up & tell the man off?!

Della529
by Matlock on May. 12, 2009 at 3:01 PM


Quoting Summersnowflake:

Seriously everyone, i think he was just trying to be polite by not walking out in the middle of it.  Clearly, he was uncomfortable with the whole speech.  Still, he was polite enough to shake the guy's hand before he left.   This is what any person with a good conscience would do. 

Had this happened with the current US President and he shook his so-called ENEMY'S hand, there would be conservative-christians screaming to high HEAVEN!

blondekosmic15
by on May. 12, 2009 at 3:03 PM


Quoting Summersnowflake:

Seriously everyone, i think he was just trying to be polite by not walking out in the middle of it.  Clearly, he was uncomfortable with the whole speech.  Still, he was polite enough to shake the guy's hand before he left.   This is what any person with a good conscience would do. 

 


Thank you....the Pope is attempting thru much patience * wisdom & prayer to bring all Nations together. Sadly some just refuse to surrender to this!

blondekosmic15
by on May. 12, 2009 at 3:10 PM


Quoting Della529:

 

Quoting Summersnowflake:

Seriously everyone, i think he was just trying to be polite by not walking out in the middle of it.  Clearly, he was uncomfortable with the whole speech.  Still, he was polite enough to shake the guy's hand before he left.   This is what any person with a good conscience would do. 

Had this happened with the current US President and he shook his so-called ENEMY'S hand, there would be conservative-christians screaming to high HEAVEN!


Hugo Chavez & Daniel Ortega vehemently voiced a litany of hatred toward the United States of America.....I certainly did not see Barack Obama get up & walk out to show his sign of disgust & disapproval! To the contrary he remained & chatted smilingly w/ both Communists as if they were long lost friends, Della! And Barack also remained for his photo ops for the world to see~

luvmygrndhg
by on May. 12, 2009 at 3:11 PM


Quoting Della529:

This is ignorance personafied and if you would have taken the time to actually research anything, you would know that the Pope didn't even bother to leave until after Tamimi had completed his speech.  What does that say?  Really?  Was the Pope being polite...or was he INTERESTED in hearing what the Palestinian cleric had to say?

Considering you are only willing to believe everything that suits you, I would guess you will never know!

I agree that the title is a bit misleading and I for one, am glad that the Pope didn't storm out.  It would have undone all the good his visit had until the moment.  However, he did leave before the meeting was officially over and this sent the message that he did not want to appear to give a stamp of approval on Tamimi's rant. 

~*~Peace and blessings~*~
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