Article gotten here: http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Vatican_Gaza_now_concentration_camp_0107.html

THE Gaza Strip has been turned into a “concentration camp” by two weeks of Israeli bombardments, said a senior Vatican official.

Cardinal Renato Martino, the Vatican’s justice and peace minister, was quoted by the online Italian daily Il Sussidiario.

“Let’s look at the conditions in Gaza: these increasingly resemble a big concentration camp,” said Cardinal Martino.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Absurd that anyone would compare this to a concentration camp. Even if it were true–and it is not, who brought what upon themselves? Show me the ovens, show me the gas chambers. Then I may believe it looks like a concentration camp. Until then, it is a blatant distortion of what is really happening. Israel is defending itself.]

Cardinal Martino said it was in neither parties interest to carry on fighting and urged both to show more willingness to hold peace talks.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Please someone tell us how do you have peace talks with anyone who wants to annilihate you? I am reminded of the Psalmist; “I am for peace but they are for war.”]

“If they can’t come to an agreement, then someone else should do it (for them). The world cannot sit back and watch without doing anything.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Did he speak out when Israel was being attacked first? Did he speak out then? Why did the world sit back and do nothing when Israel gave land to Gaza? Why have they been silent when for years Israel has wanted nothing but peace while is’ enemies have attacked it repeatedly? Double standard!]

“We Christians are not the only ones to call this land ‘holy’, Jews and Muslims do so too. The fact that this land is the scene of bloodshed seems a great tragedy,” he added.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[The land? He puts importance on the land more so than the innocent people who have been attacked repeatedly. The tragedy is not the land. The tragedy is one of no one holding Hamas accountable.]

Israel’s offensive on Gaza has killed almost 700 Palestinians, including 220 children, and injured 3000 since December 27, according to Gaza medics.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Lets’ tell the numbers of Israelies who have been murdered over the course of years by their neighbors. ]

Aid agencies have declared a total humanitarian crisis in Gaza, owing to the ailing stocks of basic food, water and medical supplies.

Redeemd Hippie>>>[One can expect that when you finally have had enough and fight back.]

In response Israel said the comments were “based on Hamas propaganda”.

“Making remarks that seem to be based on Hamas propaganda while ignoring its numerous crimes … does not bring the people closer to truth and peace,” foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

Redeemed Hippie>>>[Now that last statement is the truth! Israel is doing the world a favor!]

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