Thursday, January 8, 2009
Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace (informally dubbed the 'Justice Minister' of the Holy See), has spoken out on the atrocities in Gaza in an interview in the Italian online newspaper Il Sussidiario. Martino stated "Defenceless populations are always the ones who pay. Look at the conditions in Gaza: more and more, it resembles a big concentration camp."
"We Christians are not the only ones to call this land 'holy', Jews and Muslims do so too. The fact that this land is the scene of bloodshed seems a great tragedy," the Cardinal added.
The Israeli denials apparatus were, as usual, quick to react, with a government spokesperson stating that the Cardinal's comments were based on "Hamas propaganda". If they are so concerned with 'misinformation' being spread perhaps they could allow journalists to enter the Gaza strip, one might argue.
Reuters, News.com.au, The Australian