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Patriarch of Jerusalem: we fear Muslim and Israeli extremists
Archbishop Fouad Twal is concerned about attacks on churches and Christians by Islamic radicals, and the increasing Judaization of the city, which wants to "exclude other faiths." The historic Mamilla Muslim cemetery in West Jerusalem vandalized.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mgr. Fouad Twal, gave a speech yesterday to greet the bishops of Europe and North America during their annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, during which he spoke of Christian concern for the growth of two forms of religious extremism: Islamic and Israeli right wing fundamentalism. Patriarch Twal recalled the Synod for the Middle East, held last October in the Vatican, which concluded in its final proposals: "the attention of the whole world should be focused on the tragic situation of certain Christian communities of the Middle East, which suffer all manner of trials sometimes even to the point of martyrdom."
The Latin Patriarch said that "painful experience caused us to write these words. They turned out to be a prophecy as well, when we think about the situation in Baghdad and Egypt. " He added: "I confess that our people lost credibility in speeches and visits of vip political and religious personalities. They need to see concrete steps on the ground, for more justice and peace and dignity. They need us to be more involved. We are still anxious from the two extremisms: The Muslim one with his attacks against our churches and our faithful, and the Israeli right wing, invading more and more Jerusalem, trying to transform it to an only Hebrew –Jewish city, excluding the other faiths".
Meanwhile, the religious tensions in Jerusalem are still very strong. The Al-Aqsa foundation "denounces the vandalization of 20 Muslim graves in the historic cemetery in Mamilla, in West Jerusalem, which occurred on the night of January 10. The foundation points to Jewish extremists. The Mamilla cemetery is very old, some date it back to the seventh century of the Christian era and claim that some companions of the Prophet Muhammad were buried there, along with thousands of Sufis, scholars and notable families of Jerusalem.