OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Christians are part and parcel of the Palestinian people and Arab nation and they will forever stand up for Palestinians’ right to freedom and independence, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah Hanna, said.
Speaking in exclusive statements to the PIC, Archbishop Atallah Hanna highlighted the importance of national unity and religious fraternity between Muslims and Christians.
“We’re entirely on the side of the Palestinian people and its legitimate resistance. We, the Palestinian people, are one and the same. We’re all standing up for a single cause. Palestinians and Muslims in the occupied territories are members of the same family. Their hopes, aspirations, dreams, and concerns, are like peas in a pod, just as their sufferings, wounds, and pains are.”
He spoke out against the racist statements released by Israeli fanatics and extremist leaders, who have been inciting against Muslims and Christians.
“Racial incitements will only make Christians stronger. We shall forever cling to our deep-rootedness in our motherland and defend our holy sites,” he vowed.
Archbishop Hanna slammed the attempts carried out by Israeli Price Tag gangs to desecrate Christian cemeteries and monasteries.
“Such violations are racist, barbaric, and unethical. They are proofs of the blindness contaminating the perpetrators’ sight and insight,” he added.
The Archbishop hailed the anti-occupation Jerusalem Intifada, saying: “Palestinians have the right to stand up for their freedom, dignity, and independence.”
“Whoever probes into the history of postcolonial nations will soon find out that freedom has never been offered on a golden plate. There have always been sacrifices and struggles,” Archbishop Hanna concluded.