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Pope: Where Was God During Auschwitz Horror?
By Reuters & Ha'aretz.com
German-born Pope Benedict, head of the world's largest church, asked on Sunday where
God was when 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, died at the former Nazi death camp at
Speaking at the Birkenau section of the camp, near where Jews were led from trains to
be gassed and cremated, the head of the Roman Catholic Church said it was almost
impossible to speak in "This place of horror," especially as a German pope.
"In a place like this, words fail. In the end, there can only be a dread silence - a
silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How
could you tolerate all this?" He said in a speech delivered in Italian. "Our silence
becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the living God never
to let this happen again," he said at the end of a four-day visit to Poland.
"Our silence becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the
living God never to let this happen again," he said in his address.
"The rulers of the Third Reich wanted to crush the entire Jewish people, to cancel it
from the register of the peoples of the earth," he said. "By destroying Israel with the
Shoah, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace
it with a faith of their own invention."
Recalling his Polish predecessor's visit to the camp in 1979, Benedict said, "Pope John
Paul II came here as a son of the Polish people. I come here today as a son of the German
The Auschwitz complex in Nazi-occupied Poland was a linchpin in Adolf Hitler's "Final
Solution" To wipe out European Jewry during World War Two. Six million Jews perished
before Allied forces defeated Nazi Germany and liberated the camps.
In his speech, the Pope twice spoke chilling German phrases the Nazis used for some
enemies -- "lebensunwertes Leben" (life unworthy of living) for gypsies and "Abschaum der
Nation" (scum of the nation) for anti-Nazi Germans.
He said that, by trying to wipe out the Jews, the Nazis wanted ultimately "to kill the
God who called Abraham, who spoke on Sinai and laid down principles to serve as a guide
for mankind, principles that are eternally valid."
Germans murdered by the Nazis were "witnesses to the truth and goodness which even
among our people were not eclipsed ... now they stand before us like lights shining in a
Benedict ended his speech quoting Psalm 23, "one of the psalms of Israel which is also
a prayer of Christians."The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," he said. "Even though
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with
Before Benedict spoke, Poland's Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich chanted the Kaddish, the
Jewish prayer for the dead. The New York-born rabbi was attacked on a Warsaw street on
Saturday by a young man shouting "Poland is for Poles."
Israel Strikes Terrorist Targets in Lebanon
Gunfire broke out for a second time Sunday afternoon as IDF troops and Hezbollah
terrorists battled on the northern border with residents ordered into shelters and a
soldier injured by sniper fire.
Terrorists targeted Israeli army bases, kibbutzim and other communities along the
border. A Lebanese sniper gunned down an IDF soldier carrying out an administrative task
at Kibbutz Manara.
The soldier was moderately wounded with gunshots to the stomach. He was evacuated to
Rambam Hospital in Haifa. At last report he was listed in serious condition, according to
Israeli Air Force attack helicopters immediately returned fire as residents of northern
communities were ordered into bomb shelters. Kibbutz Yiftach and the communities of Avivim
and Shumera were hit. No injuries were reported. Hizbullah reported one of its terrorists
Israel allowed northern residents to leave the shelters about two hours later, after
the military accepted a cease-fire request from Lebanon. Shortly thereafter, a Katyusha
reportedly fell on an abandoned building in the western Galilee town of Shlomi.
The day began with a rocket attack in which three 120mm Katyushas were fired at an IDF
base near Mt. Meron, west of Tzfat. One building was significantly damaged in the attack
and a 20-year-old soldier from Ariel was lightly wounded. He was taken to Sieff Hospital
After the first attack, Israel Air Force jets retaliated with strikes on two sites
one terror base in the village of Sultan Yacoub, some five kilometers from the
Syrian border and a second base in Nueima, a village eight kilometers south of Beirut.
IDF Northern Command officials say that Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations
continually attempt to perpetrate large-scale attacks against Israeli soldiers and
citizens in the north. Hizbullah chieftain Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said his organization
would continue to attack Israel.
Abbas Calls Terrorists "Our Heroes"
Just two days after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called him a "very decent human being"
who is "opposed to terror," PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called Palestinian terrorists "our
While Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, takes on the position of "moderate" and attempts
to convince Hamas to accept Judea and Samaria for now, his words to audiences at home
present a different picture.
Palestinian Media Watch, an organization that monitors and reports on anti-Israel
hatred in the PA media, reveals that Abbas twice this week referred to Arab terrorists
serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes."
PMW's Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook report that the terrorists referred to are
"arch-terrorists who have personally killed tens of Israelis and are sentenced to one life
sentence for each murder."
Speaking on PA TV on May 23 about the jailed terrorists' recent "conciliation plan"
between Fatah and Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas expressed his satisfaction with the initiative of
those he called "our brothers, our jailed heroes... [their] initiative proves that these
heroes, who are sentenced to tens of life sentences, feel too that the homeland is in
Noting that the document calls for an Arab state on "all territories occupied in 1967,"
Abbas said, "We must stop dreaming and accept what we can take now. Let us not speak of
dreams. Let us take the Palestinian state on the '67 borders."
"Clearly," PMW concludes, "Abbas rejects terror for tactical reasons only and not
because it is immoral... Abbas has always been careful, in Arabic, not to condemn terror
because it is evil or immoral. He has criticized suicide terror only because it hurts the
PA cause, as he did after the December 2005 suicide attack that killed five in
Abu Adolf Wants a Referendum - Let Us Give Him One
By Voice of Judea (Commentary)
The Arabs are threatening to make a referendum to determine Israel's final borders and
the boundaries of their "two-state" solution, as if this referendum would obligate the
I have a better idea; let the Jews who control the area make the referendum since it is
in the hands of the Jews of Israel where to demark their own borders.
Here are some possible texts for the question we should bring to a referendum: Should
we accept the borders mentioned in the Bible and accept God's borders of the land promised
to the Jews or should we accept the one proposed by America, the Arabs and the
Here is another text we could propose, actually quite similar to the one being proposed
by the Arab enemy: "Do you prefer the establishment of a Hamas governed state, aside
Israel that places every major Israeli city under their missile range or do you support a
battle to destroy the terrorists and drive out our hostile enemies to an area far beyond
Israel's current borders?"
Those who wish to vote in a similar referendum to the one we have proposed here can do so in an independent referendum on-line http://www.mishal.org
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