In keeping with several people having noticed a seemingly active dislike of the loyal son, the Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, has issued a statement about the recent violence on the Israeli/Gazan border:
We join with many around the world who were horrified at the killing of 18 Gazans near the militarized fence separating Gaza from Israel and the maiming and injuries of hundred of protesters by the Israeli Defence Force.
That this violence occurred on the holiest of days in both the Jewish and Christian faith communities calendar, adds to our outrage. From news reports it seems clear that the Gazans were involved in a peaceful protest, the March of Return which was organized to coincide with the Land Day on 30th March.
Land dispossession remains a key issue in the struggle of the Palestinian people. The situation in the Gaza strip remains desperate and is often referred to as the ‘world’s largest open air prison.’ It comes as little surprise that the people of this strip of land continue to express their political frustrations by means of non-violent protest. We support the call of the United Nations for a Commission of Inquiry into what has been called, ‘The Passover Massacre’ by some.
Our solidarity and prayers are with those who work tirelessly for justice and peace in the Holy Land.
+ Stephen Brislin
Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town
(from Vatican News)
This statement was put out on the 4th of April.
As of the 31st of March, 10 were known, violent terrorists; five more were being publicly proclaimed by Hamas as members of their military. Notable is that one praised for his “skill at carving sand” to the international media was memorialized with a rocket launcher for local consumption. (that’s him in the picture)
The “march” was a basic swarming tactic– send in a bunch of targets that Israel won’t want to shoot to give cover as terror cells go through the barriers. Turns out Israel has pretty good snipers.
So now Hamas is planning a massive tire burn to give cover and make it more likely that the relatively innocent civilians doing the swarming are shot, so they don’t lose as many terrorists/militants. Just imagine how much health damage those burning tires will do to the health of the kids being marched to the border, not to mention what it will do to the folks in Israel.
If Israel was a fifth as horrifically violent as accused, Gaza would be depopulated. Yet as sure as day follows night, the official statements all attack the people who dare fight back when attacked.