Catholic parish staff and disabled children had ‘nowhere to go’ after Gaza bomb warning


This should give the Israeli apologists on here somthing to think about. Or is this Hamas’ fault as well?

Catholic parish staff and disabled children had ‘nowhere to go’ after Gaza bomb warning

Staff at the lone Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip received text warnings from the Israeli military to evacuate the premises, but they had nowhere to go, according to the parish priest.

Father Raed Abusahlia, president of Caritas Jerusalem who has been in contact with the parish priest, told Catholic News Service that Father Jorge Hernandez of the Institute of the Incarnate Word and three nuns who live at the parish had nowhere to evacuate the 29 severely disabled children and nine elderly women in their care and so remained on the parish premises.

Since Israel launched airstrikes against Gaza on July 8, it has sent text messages to citizens to evacuate if they will be near a target. Israel bombed near the Holy Family Catholic Church on the morning of July 30.

The Vatican’s Fides news agency, citing details from Father Hernandez, said the main target of the bombing was a home a few meters away from the parish. The home was completely destroyed, and the parish school, office and some rooms used by the parish were partially destroyed.

Father Abusahlia told CNS all the windows of the whole compound, as well as that of the Greek Orthodox Church, already were shattered from previous bombings of buildings around them.

“They are in a very difficult situation,” said Father Abusahlia. “It is a very dangerous area.”

He said the number of refugees at the parish school, some distance away from the parish compound, increased from 600 people to 1,400 in the week ending July 30, and the number of refugees sheltered by the Greek Orthodox Church had increased from 1,400 to 1,900.

Caritas has been providing them with powdered milk, diapers and gasoline, which is especially important after the attack on the Gaza electrical plant. They rely on generators, Father Abusahlia said, and the gas to run them is very difficult and expensive to obtain.

Fides quoted Father Hernandez as saying: “We had a tough night, but we are here. This war is absurd. Everything happens around us. The Hamas militants continue to fire rockets and then hide in the alleys. And we cannot do anything. We cannot evacuate, it is impossible with children. Their families live here. It is more dangerous to go out than stay here. We try to stay in safer places, always on the ground floor.”


Father Hernandez recounts.

“Nevertheless, Hamas demands that these residents return to their homes. ‘There is no need to make room for the Zionist enemy,’ they say publicly. We think it is instead to use civilians as human shields.”


It is quite clear that you are determined to support Israel and their campaign of genocide regardless of the suffering they are creating.
Your comments appear to be politically motivated and certainly opposed to the teachings of the Catholic church whose statements are very much pointing to Israel as the aggressor.


Could you provide a link to two to Catholic Church statements pointing to Israel as the aggressor? Personally, I have never heard of such statements.

your statement are… certainly opposed to the teachings of the Catholic church whose statements are very much pointing to Israel as the aggressor.


Whats clear is there are rules on the forum about this type of posting.


I sincerely hope and pray that the war comes to an end soon. I wish that Israel would lift its blockade on Gaza so that way Gazans can get the basic supplies that they need such as medicine. After all, isn’t that the condition that Hamas wants in order for the rocket strikes to end?



UK commentators are now stating openly that Israel is planning to expel the native population from Gaza and re-plant the area with Jewish immigrants.
They are using the Hamas fireworks as a smokescreen.


I still don’t know if I agree with you, but good for you for your response.


Gaza is firing on Israel. It is unreasonable to expect Israel to help them whilst they’re under attack.

Egypt hasn’t opened the borders either. Last I heard they’d Egypt hadn’t just closed the borders but they’ve been actively trying to find and close the tunnels into Gaza as well. And Gaza isn’t attacking them.

As for the OP, no this doesn’t change my view. Israel is not responsible for the location of the Parish. It is sad, but they have the right to defend themselves. If Hamas choose to use civilians as human shields, that’s blood on the hands of Hamas.


The issue with the block is the tunnel issue. For example the tunnels into Jerusalem are not to send medical supplies but exclusively for terrorist attacks. So the block can’t be removed without military presence to stop arms movement. Thus the priority first for the search and destroy of the tunnels.

The ceasefire would have led to medical supplies etc. Hamas again escalated the conflict by using a tunnel on the southern Egypt border which effectively ended the ceasefire before it started. A suicide bomber detonated himself and a Israeli IDF troop was taken hostage thus the Israel shelling.


OK, so since, based upon your posts, you appear to be a Hamas supporter, perhaps you could editorialize on the righteousness of the Hamas cause. From the Hamas Covenant:

Introduction: …Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

Article Fifteen:

The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised…

It is necessary that scientists, educators and teachers, information and media people, as well as the educated masses, especially the youth and sheikhs of the Islamic movements, should take part in the operation of awakening (the masses).** It is important that basic changes be made in the school curriculum, to cleanse it of the traces of ideological invasion that affected it **as a result of the orientalists and missionaries who infiltrated the region following the defeat of the Crusaders at the hands of Salah el-Din (Saladin)…

Article Thirty-Two:

World Zionism, together with imperialistic powers, try through a studied plan and an intelligent strategy to remove one Arab state after another from the circle of struggle against Zionism, in order to have it finally face the Palestinian people only. Egypt was, to a great extent, removed from the circle of the struggle, through the treacherous Camp David Agreement. They are trying to draw other Arab countries into similar agreements and to bring them outside the circle of struggle.

The Islamic Resistance Movement calls on Arab and Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action to prevent the success of this horrendous plan, to warn the people of the danger eminating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism. Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying…

Article Thirty-Four:

Palestine is the navel of the globe and the crossroad of the continents. Since the dawn of history, it has been the target of expansionists. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, had himself pointed to this fact in the noble Hadith in which he called on his honourable companion, Ma’adh ben-Jabal, saying: O Ma’ath, Allah throw open before you, when I am gone, Syria, from Al-Arish to the Euphrates. Its men, women and slaves will stay firmly there till the Day of Judgement. Whoever of you should choose one of the Syrian shores, or the Holy Land, he will be in constant struggle till the Day of Judgement."

So it seems that from their founding charter, Hamas has no interest in peace.

It seems as if Hamas’ fundamental purpose is the destruction of the State of Israel. It seems that they are calling each and every Muslim in the world to join them in the effort to destroy Israel. It seems as if Hamas wants the youth to be taught so that they will agree with that goal (the destruction of Israel). It seems that they have declared that Muslims who cooperate with Israel are just as much their enemies as Israel, itself.

I, personally, always believe in Freedom of Conscience. So, while I wouldn’t agree with the position that you have advocated on CAF, I am not one to want to prohibit you from airing your views (that is not my decision anyway).

But I am curious: are you OK with the formal positions that Hamas has codified in the Hamas Covenant?

As a corollary, do you believe the Church is OK with those positions? (If so, could you provide some evidence?)




Poor John Kerry, you can’t make peace when the partners have no intention of abiding by there own agreement. His intentions are good and I’m sure he is following Obamas orders. Its tragic and this last incident is gonna escalate the conflict.

Hamas is desperate and determined to continue and obviously is skeptical about Egypt. Hamas knew Israel would be clearing tunnels, great place for an ambush. They “knew” at some point the tunnel would be located.

Difficult issue for an appropriate response by Israel on the ground now.


Praying to Our Lady Queen of Peace for world peace.


Israel has a right to defend itself against aggression…unfortunately Palestinian Christians have no immunity from the ongoing conflict…Israel is not a Christian country…so why would they want to single out Christians for protection…the only way there will ever be peace is when both Jews and Palestinians acknowledge Jesus Christ as their savior…which seems very unlikely


How could it turned into eternal war between the two? Is it from Esau’s grudge against Jacob?


Well stated. It seems to me that, on the part of Hamas, the distinction between anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish, is razor thin. “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is something with which an individual such as David Duke would likely be in accord.


Thanks. It should be very telling for people when Egypt supports Israel in this matter.


Racist, and condemned by the UN in 75 as racist.

No. 97
The singling out of Zionism as a supposed form of racism was a device invented by the Soviet Union to justify its refusal to condemn anti-Semitism during the negotiation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in the mid-1960s.

For almost a decade, Israel and the Jewish people remained passive and did not attempt to challenge Resolution 3379. They greatly underestimated its impact and the damage it caused all over the world, expecting unrealistically that it would fade away by dint of its sheer inanity.

Today, the efforts to undermine Israel’s legitimacy come mainly from an NGO network inspired and supported by Israel’s enemies.

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