Breaking a Lent Season Iftar with Honorable Archbishop of Jerusalem Atallah Hanna!
Great appreciation to Fr. George Shalhoub for arranging this spacial ceremony welcoming the Palestinian Archbishop at St. Mary's Church in Livonia a day before the Land Commemoration in St. Mary Cultural Center at 18100 Merriman, Livonia!
I felt so humbled and honored to be welcomed by both Fr. And the Archbishop generous words and loving expressions!
I was kindly given an opportunity for few words!
I admired the leadership of Fr. Shalhoub as a shining light of love, wisdom and unity in our communities!
I was so happy to address our visiting guest and his accompanied delegation!
Archbishop Hanna is truly a voice of truth, justice, courage and contribution to the Palestinian cause, as he is also a voice of strong opposition to the bloodshed and war crimes in Gaza, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas!
He stood with great dignity and bravery against Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands, against oppression, against the change of Jerusalem identity and relocation of American embassy to Al-Quds!
I told the Archbishop that any time I hear him talking about Palestine and suffering of Palestinian people in the last 70 years, it’s like I am listening to the voices Mary, Massieh, Moses and Mohammad (peace be upon them all).
Trump and Netanyahu declarations about the identity of Jerusalem or Golan Heights can’t change the historic facts. The world looks at these statements as big jokes than honest reality. Political propaganda can’t stop the struggle for freedom, justice, peace and the end of oppression and occupation!
(21:105) Surely We wrote in the Psalms, after the exhortation, that the earth shall be inherited by My righteous servants.
وَلَقَدْ كَتَبْنَا فِي الزَّبُورِ مِن بَعْدِ الذِّكْرِ أَنَّ الْأَرْضَ يَرِثُهَا عِبَادِيَ الصَّالِحُونَ