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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
The Vatican expressing special interest in the
Temple Mount and other holy sites in Jerusalem.
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Israel seems to have sold Jerusalem to the Vatican.
An historic agreement has been drafted between Israel and the Vatican.
The Israeli authorities have granted the Pope an official seat in the
room where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place, on Mount
Zion in Jerusalem, and where David and Solomon, Jewish kings of Judea,
are considered by some researchers, to also be buried.
It is the culmination of a long campaign by the Catholic Church to
regain religious stewardship over the place where Jesus is supposed to
have broken bread and drunk wine with his disciples on the eve of his
This is an enormous issue pushed through without any public debate.
According to our sources, the agreement, which is expected to be
ratified next June, gives the Pope a “special authority” over the second
floor of the building, so that Christian pilgrims will be able to
celebrate religious functions like Pope John Paul did in 2000.
The agreement constitutes Israel’s capitulation to the Vatican’s efforts
to “Christianize” the holy site, like when a Catholic convent was built
The Catholic Church has long wanted control over part of the area on Mt.
Zion so as to turn it into an international religious center for
Catholics. The blueprint of the agreement reads as follows: “The Vatican
hands over this use of the Cenacle to the Custody of the Holy Land which
will keep the Cenacle open from 6 AM to 8 AM for the celebration of the
In the long term, the gesture will increase tensions between Jews and
the large assets of the Vatican. The Church has long been working to
reduce Jewish rights in Jerusalem and in the Old City. Now, after the
Muslim Waqf authority expelled the Christians from the Temple Mount and
turned it into a mosque, it’s the turn of the Vatican to lay its hands
on the Jewish Jerusalem.
The Custody of the Holy Land, the Franciscan order who, with Vatican
approval, is in charge of the holy sites, campaigns with the Arabs
As far back as May 2000, Yasser Arafat met Islamic and Christian
clergymen at the presidential offices in Ramallah to back Palestinian
Arab sovereignty over Jerusalem. Among the clergymen who attended the
meeting, Diodoros I, patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, Torkom II,
patriarch of the Armenian Orthodox Church, Catholic Patriarch Michel
Sabbah and officials from the Custody of the Holy Land.
"An official meeting took place in Ramallah, Palestine, at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine". This is the official note
of the Vatican press office about the meeting between the Catholic
officials and the PLO representatives which took place this week.
The Vatican is also asking that Israel hand over to the Vatican’s
control dozens of sites, 19 in Judea and Samaria and 28 in Jerusalem.
The Catholic Church want to discuss some properties on Mount of Olives,
Har Hazeitim, which is the very history of the Jewish people. If you
want to keep Jerusalem united, you have to keep Har Hazeitim. The
Vatican knows that.
In 1989 charges were made by the Catholic authorities that Israel
desecrated the Cenacle on Mount Zion. The charges, which appeared in the
Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire, said that the Israelis put a
memorial plaque on the roof of the Cenacle. The plaque was put in place
after the 1948 War of Independence in memory of soldiers who fell in the
Old City and whose burial place was unknown. Every year, the bereaved
families cleaned the plaque.
Why did the Catholic authorities complain? Last year a similar charge
was made from the Catholic authorities that Israel wants to “Judaize”
Should the Vatican gain sovereignty over Mount of Zion, millions of
Christian pilgrims will flock to the site, and this will threaten the
Israeli presence in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter and Jewish access to
the Western Wall.
The Vatican wants the Jews out of the Old City and apparently Israel’s
government is agreeing with them. Turning the Cenacle into an active
church is also a way of desecrating the holiness of the site known as
the Tomb of David.
The Vatican and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation expressed a
common position in the Basic Agreement of 15 February 2000, intended to
support the recognition of a special statute for the City of Jerusalem.
In the memorandum, signed by Vatican officials and the PLO, an
organization dedicated to the mass deportation of Israel’s Jews, the
Catholic Church wants Israel relinquishing sovereignty at the Western
Wall and the Temple Mount. The Vatican-PLO agreement’s preamble on
Jerusalem shows that the Vatican's attitude on Israel's capital is still
stuck in the unforgivable anti-Semitic rhetoric of the 1940s.
Until 1948, Christian access to the Cenacle was severely limited,
because it was used as a mosque. Since then, the State of Israel is
committed to protecting the holy places of all religions, and
guaranteeing the right of worship for all faiths.
But no Israeli government must tolerate any policy of division, “shared
control” or “internationalization” that opens the door to a return to
the Arab apartheid of Jordanian occupation between 1948 and 1967.
Jerusalem is not for sale. For thousands of years, the Cenacle area was
almost always totally closed off to Jews.
Sovereignty over Mount Zion is politics, not only religion. The day
after the Pope celebrated a mass on Mt. Zion in 2000, he went to Yasser
Arafat headquarter to support the Palestinians’ right to return.
A few months later, the Oslo war began. And Jews were sacrified again on
the altar of “peace”. It was their last supper.
This week, the Vatican in its official documents began referring to the
"State of Palestine".