The report below states: “Under the guise of concern for Pope Francis’ health, PA Chairman Abbas exploited a phone call with the pope to incite and inflame the Church against Israel.”
But Abbas really didn’t need to disguise anything. The jihadist Abbas is a close ally of the pope:
- The pope’s first visit to the Holy Land in 2014 was to meet Palestinian leaders and children before visiting Israel, sending a message of what was to come.
- A year later, the Vatican signed a historic accord recognizing a “State of Palestine.”
- In 2017, Pope Francis received Abbas in the Vatican for the formal inauguration of the first Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Holy See.
- In 2020, the love-in between the pope and the Palestinians continued when the Palestinian Liberation Organization asked the Vatican for help over a possible “West Bank annexation by Israel.”
So what’s another phone call by Abbas to the pope, this time lambasting Israel using the vilest propaganda? The truth is that Christians are persecuted in the Palestinian territories, and they often get caught in the middle of the Palestinian jihad against Israel. The pope has demonstrated repeatedly where his loyalties lie, despite the persecution of Christian by Palestinian Muslims, and despite the fact that the Palestinians seek a one-state solution, that is, the total destruction of Israel, as is clear from the original charters of all the major Palestinian political organizations.
Will the pope at least quietly back away from Abbas’ incitement?
“Abbas incites Church against Israel in phone call with the Pope,” by Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media See, July 26, 2022:
Under the guise of concern for Pope Francis’ health, PA Chairman Abbas exploited a phone call with the pope to incite and inflame the Church against Israel.
In their conversation, Abbas repeated the libel that Israel “attacks” Christian and Muslim holy sites:
”His Honor [Abbas] updated Pope Francis on the attacks to which the Christian and Islamic holy sites are being subjected, and especially the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”[Official PA TV News, July 12, 2022]
Palestinian Media See has documented numerous such statements that refer to the presence of Jews at these places as “invasions,” “break-ins,” and “attacks.” The statements also expose the PA’s antisemitic ideologies, declaring that the presence of Jews “defiles” and “desecrates” these holy sites.
Even PA Chairman Abbas has argued that Israelis “desecrate the sanctity of our holy sites”:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: ”The Israeli occupation forces are committing oppression and arbitrary acts in order to erase the holy city’s identity, change its spiritual and historical characteristics, desecrate the sanctity of our holy sites – the Islamic and Christian ones, and pressure its residents, visitors, and those coming to worship there. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to invasions every day.”[Official PA TV News, March 31, 2019]
PLO Palestinian National Council Chairman Rawhi Fattouh recently reiterated Abbas’ statement, when he stressed that Israeli/Jewish presence “defiles” Muslim and Christian holy sites:
PLO Palestinian National Council Chairman Rawhi Fattouh: “Jerusalem is ours, the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, the Wailing Wall is ours. It is all ours. Therefore, we will not let the occupation defile these holy sites.”