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Synod was not biased against Israel, says Franciscan leader in Holy Land

October 28, 2010

The head of the Franciscan Custody in the Holy Land has rejected complaints that the Synod of Bishops harbored a prejudice against Israel.

In an interview with the Italian daily Il Foglio, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa conceded that resentment against Israel is widespread in the Arab world, and was sometimes evident in the discussions of the Synod. But these resentments are based on political conflicts, not religious bias, he said.

Father Pizzaballa was responding to the charge by Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, that the Synod had been “taken hostage by an anti-Israel majority.” The Franciscan priest replied: “I don’t think the Synod fathers were taken hostage by anyone.”


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