Saturday, May 29, 2010
Father Capucci joins Freedom Flotilla convoy
Sources participating in the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy stated that father Hilarion Capucci, the former archbishop of Jerusalem, joined the convoy sailing for the besieged Gaza Strip.
Note from Steven Plaut: Remember "Father" Capucci, the gun-running one-time archbishop of Jerusalem?
Greek Catholic (Maronite) archbishop Hilarion Capucci smuggled weapons for the PLO from Lebanon to Israel in 1974. He was arrested, jailed, but released under pressure of the Vatican. Pope Paul VI later said his time in prison had been endured "for peace and reconciliation among the peoples of the Middle East".
He's decided to join the "Free Gaza" flotilla terrorist joyriders. Sources participating in the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy stated that father Hilarion Capucci, the former archbishop of Jerusalem, joined the convoy sailing for the besieged Gaza Strip.
The sources said that father Capucci arrived in the Turkish city of Antalya on Sunday to join hundreds of participants in the convoy.
For his part, deputy head of the international committee for breaking the siege Mohamed Sawalha said that the participation of father Capucci has a symbolic importance for he is one of the most prominent Palestinian national figures who stood in the face of the Israeli occupation.
More than 30 years ago, the Israeli occupation exiled father Capucci from Palestine because of his honorable national stands.
In a related context, the European campaign to end the siege said that the Greek-Swedish cargo ships will start Monday afternoon to move from the port of Athens to Cyprus to join the Freedom Flotilla convoy.
Spokesman for the campaign Rami Abdo added that four other ships will also move on the same day from the Greek ports of Athens and Crete to Cyprus.
The spokesman noted that the Greek-Swedish cargo ship is carrying humanitarian aid worth 2.5 million dollars and it is expected to reach along with the other ships to Gaza on Friday.