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3 years ago  ::  Oct 29, 2015 - 6:21PM #1
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Now do you believe us? The Pope is right.

Pope Francis: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, Pope Francis met with Jewish leaders to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a crucial Vatican II declaration that revolutionized Jewish-Catholic relations by absolving Jews of collective responsibility for Christ’s death and denouncing anti-Semitism. At the gathering, Francis decided to continue in the spirit of that document by condemning what he described as a modern form of anti-Semitism: the denial of the Jewish state’s right to exist.

“To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,” the Pope told a World Jewish Congress delegation. “There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity.”
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With this declaration, Francis joined an illustrious group of global leaders who have asserted the same in recent months. In May, President Obama told The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg that denying Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish homeland represented a failure to learn the lessons of history, and ultimately an expression of anti-Semitism. Prior to that, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls had similarly stated that anti-Zionism—as opposed to criticism of Israel’s policies—constituted anti-Semitism.

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Moderated by Merope on Oct 30, 2015 - 02:06AM
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 29, 2015 - 6:22PM #2
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Note: By implication, the pope is saying that all the Middle East countries (and individuals) who deny Israel its right to exist are acting in an anti-Semitic way.

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 30, 2015 - 10:08AM #3
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The RCC has been gradually moving in this direction since Pope John XXIII started Vatican II.  Hey, I guess we should be grateful since how long did it take them to finally forgive Galileo?  

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 30, 2015 - 1:08PM #4
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The Pope was clear about the definition here.

It talks about "Right to exist".

That does NOT mean, we have to treat Israel (or any other country) differently. We generally discuss Israeli policies here (Right to exist is different subject).

Similarly refusing to accept Palestinian right to exist is ALSO anti-Semitism (Arabs are semitic people as well). 

Moderated by Merope on Oct 31, 2015 - 10:39AM
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