May. 14th, 2009 | 02:53 pm
The Pope said this yesterday; “Mr. President, the Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognized borders,” the pontiff said upon his arrival, standing alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
This despite the fact that Christians are a tiny minority among the 3.9 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In a trend seen throughout the Middle East, their numbers have dwindled as Christian Palestinians weary of occupation seek out new opportunities abroad.
The bloody conflict that has festered for over 40 years,partially because the PA and all Arab and the non-Arab Iran have refused to recognise the right of the State of Israel to exist!
Obama’s closed door session with the Israeli advance man for Prime Minister Netanyahu indicated the lack of support that the Israeli’s can expect from Obama. This despite the fact that the PA nad most Arab countries want to destroy Israek, and this story from Ramalla illustrates the contempt the Muskim world has for Israel and Jews in general.
“In the first case of its kind, a Palestinian Authority “military court” on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian man to death by hanging after finding him guilty of selling land to Jews. The verdict came shortly after the PA’s chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, issued yet another fatwa (religious decree) banning Muslims from selling land or houses to Jews. The death sentence is seen as an attempt by the PA leadership in Ramallah to deter Palestinians from conducting real estate transactions with Jews. It follows reports according to which Jewish individuals and organizations recently bought land and houses from Arabs in Jerusalem and some areas in the West Bank. The man sentenced to death is Anwar Brigith, 59, from the village of Bet Umar, north of Hebron. The three-judge panel found the defendant guilty of violating PA laws that bar Palestinians from selling property to “the enemy.” In its ruling, the court, which convened in Hebron, said that Brigith had acted in violation of a Palestinian “military law” dating back to 1979, which states that it is forbidden for a Palestinian to sell land to Jews. The accused was also found guilty of violating a law dating back to 1958 that calls for a boycott against Israel, as well as another law from 1953 that bans trade with Israelis. The judges issued the verdict unanimously and pointed out that the defendant did not have the right to appeal. The death sentence, however, must be approved by PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The court was headed by Gen. Abdel Karim al-Masri, who sat together with two other PA security officers, Muhrez Atyani and Nabil Jaber. The court also decided to confiscate Brigith’s money and property. Although the PA has never executed Palestinians accused of selling land to Jews, several “suspects” have been kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian security personnel or members of armed groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip”. source: The New Media Journal