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Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal: “the truce is not needed if Gaza remains a desperate prison”

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

JERUSALEM 01/08/2014- “The truce which has begun is a good thing, but it will not help if the conditions in Gaza remain as those of a desperate land under siege, where only fear and frustration that feed hatred can grow.

It almost seems that it points to making Gaza a factory of desperate people, designed to easily turn into extremists ready for anything”. The Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins, Fouad Twal in a conversation with Fides Agency, invites us to reflect on the insufficient long-term temporary suspension of military actions over which Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement.

According to the Patriarch the structural conditions that feed blind hatred, starting from the embargo must be removed: “Even the tunnels built in Gaza”, highlights His Beatitude Twal “are a product of the embargo in their own way: if you put an end to this siege, if you open up the streets and allow freedom of movement of people and goods, if you allow free fishing in the sea in front of Gaza, then everything will be able to move on the surface and no one will need to dig underground tunnels to pass”. (...)

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