'What we're seeing in the occupied Palestinian territories is a departure from humanity': Coptic Pope Tawadros II

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jan 2024

Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, said "the news of what is happening on the land of Palestine is extremely painful" and "a departure from humanity," calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza war.

Pope Tawadros II
File Photo: Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church pose for an image on 30 December, 2024. Photo courtesy of Spokesman of Coptic Orthodox Church.


"The attacks are brutal, harsh and regrettable," he said in an interview with the Cabinet's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) on the eve of the Coptic Christmas.

"What we're seeing in the occupied Palestinian territories is a departure from humanity,” he asserted. "The children have suffered a great deal and they will grow up traumatized," he added. 

“Even animals do not do this. Animals do not torture each other like this," said the Pope.

The scenes carried by the media of people injured, massacred and dead, of destroyed homes and streets are extremely disturbing,” he stressed.

The pontiff criticized "the international community which postures about progress and technological advancement and always speaks on issues of human rights with lofty words but does not move an iota in the face of the disturbing images we are seeing." 

“It is clear that no one is responding to the voice of reason at all."

"We are praying for peace and security in these lands and for God to make to those in leadership positions to listen to reason."

Egypt has done all it can, including organising an international conference for peace, sending humanitarian relief to the Palestinians, and receiving wounded for treatment in the country’s hospitals, Tawdros said.

"Egypt has taken a firm stance against the liquidation of the Palestinian cause and considers the Palestinian issue an issue of national security since 1948," he pointed out.

He also expressed his hope that a complete ceasefire would be reached and the reconstruction of Gaza would start soon in the new year.

The Israeli army has killed nearly 23,000 and wounded over 58,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza – most of whom are women and children – and displaced thousands of others since the start of its war on the strip on 7 October.

Israel has also imposed a complete blockade on the 2.4 million Palestinians in the strip, cutting off all food, water, fuel, and medical supplies.

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