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May 16, 2014

Dear Pope Francis,


I am shocked, profoundly shocked to read in a Sydney newspaper that …

“He will not celebrate a public Mass in the country, but in a first for a visiting pontiff, he will lay flowers at the tomb of Theodor Herzl, the founder of the global Zionist movement.”

Grave of Theodor Herzl founder of Zionism
Grave of Theodor Herzl founder of Zionism

Zionism is the  movement to take over the WHOLE of historic Palestine for the Israeli people.

Your gesture will be a shameful act of normalising the illegal  brutal occupation, the illegal theft of Palestinian land with the expansion of the illegal settlements.

What about your Papal moral and religious responsibility

to the  Suffering Christ in the evicted Palestinians who weep on the rubble of their  demolished homes, farms, uprooted olive groves and livelihoods,


The agony of demolition
The agony of demolition

to the Suffering Christ in the ethnic cleansed Palestinian refugees refused their inalienable right of return by Israel,

Nakba forced expulsion of indigenous Palestinians
Nakba forced expulsion of indigenous Palestinians


and to the Suffering Christ in the Palestinian families mourning their  murdered martyred children, fathers, mothers, brothers, buried in their martyred homeland ????

اكثر من 800 شهيد والمقاومة تتوعد بالثأر لشهداء مجزرة الانروا


You could not do anything worse that this  heinous flower-laying except ride in an Israeli Merkava tank and blast the hopes for Palestinian justice.

Please renounce this unworthy act of honouring Herzl.



Dr Vacy Vlazna

Sydney, Australia

First published in Intifada Palestine

Dr. Vacy Vlazna is Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters and editor of a volume of Palestinian poetry, I remember my name. She was Human Rights Advisor to the GAM team in the second round of the Acheh peace talks, Helsinki, February 2005 then withdrew on principle. Vacy was convenor of  Australia East Timor Association and coordinator of the East Timor Justice Lobby as well as serving in East Timor with UNAMET and UNTAET from 1999-2001.

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