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April 23, 2009

Pssst… did you hear that the Pope wore a Palestinian scarf?

Filed under: manifesto,testimonies — newritings @ 9:15 am
pre visit orientation

Pre visit orientation

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday, the day South Africans voted in their national general elections, 22 April, met in the Vatican with a group of Palestinian Catholics. Nothing unusual about that, you might say, but then they presented him with a gift, the symbol of Palestinian nationalism and solidarity. No, not a gun, but a scarf designed delicately in black and white (See also: In fashion but without a homeland), and many racist blogs are going crazy about it.

These two dozen odd believers from the holy city of Bethlehem were in St. Peter’s Square Rome (amongst thousands others) but by this small gesture, they keep the hopes alive for a homeland for all Palestinians, for those under occupation and those millions in exile.

The Pope will visit Bethlehem amongst other places in May 2009.

PS. The Pope has also come under fire for supporting the anti-racism conference being held in Geneva (Durban 2) this week. The same UN conference against racism and xenophobia where nations supporting Israel walked out of, after Ahmadinejad made comments about Israel and racism.

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