The Catholic leader's silence on Israel's January offensive on Gaza comes as a four-man United Nations investigation panel recently blamed Israel for its "reckless disregard" for human life during the war on Gaza. (Source: PressTV)This accusation was a blatant lie on the side of the bias PressTV. In fact, the Holy Father repeatedly condemned the violence hurled by both Israel and Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip without siding to anyone.
Here's the news from Catholic Online News:
The Pope condemned every terroristic attack to innocent civilians from Palestine to Iraq, to Philippines and to other parts of the world where the threat of terrorism is thriving and constant.
Benedict XVI Calls for Condemnation of Violence
"VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Violence -- whatever its source and form -- must be condemned, Benedict XVI is affirming.
The Pope said this today in the context of mentioning the war in the Gaza Strip, during a traditional annual address to the members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. The Holy See has diplomatic relations with 177 nations.
In his French-language address, the Pontiff once again took the opportunity to condemn the violence in the Middle East, something he has already done on repeated occasions in recent days.
"The birth of Christ in the lowly stable of Bethlehem leads us naturally to think of the situation in the Middle East and, in the first place, in the Holy Land, where, in these days, we have witnessed a renewed outbreak of violence provoking immense damage and suffering for the civilian population," he said.
Benedict XVI lamented that the situation "further complicates" the quest for a settlement of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, "something fervently desired by many of them and by the whole world."
He affirmed: "Once again I would repeat that military options are no solution and that violence, wherever it comes from and whatever form it takes, must be firmly condemned. I express my hope that, with the decisive commitment of the international community, the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip will be re-established -- an indispensable condition for restoring acceptable living conditions to the population -- and that negotiations for peace will resume, with the rejection of hatred, acts of provocation and the use of arms."
Instead, what we never heard from Iran and other Muslim countries is the same level of denunciation of terrorists killing non-Muslims in the name of Islam. Their silence is extremely deafening!
I hope PressTV holds on to the highest level of professionalism and accuracy in their newscasting.