Chief Islamic Judge of the Palestinian Authority, Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, launched a poisonous verbal attack at Israel at a Monday night gathering attended by Pope Benedict XVI.
In a meeting with organizations involved in inter-religious dialogue at the Notre Dame Jerusalem Center, Tamimi called upon Muslims and Christians to unite against what he said were the murderous Israelis.
Taking the podium after the pope without being on the original list of speakers scheduled for the evening, Tamimi, speaking at length in Arabic, accused Israel of murdering women and children in Gaza and making Palestinians refugees, and declared Jerusalem the eternal Palestinian capital.
Following the diatribe and before the meeting was officially over, the pope exited the premises. Army Radio reported that the pope shook Tamimi's hand before walking out.
Minutes after the embarrassing occurrence, Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, released a response to the incident.
"The intervention of Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi was not previewed by the organizers of the interreligious meeting that took place at Notre Dame Centre in Jerusalem," the message read. "In a meeting dedicated to dialogue, this intervention was a direct negation of what [it] should be," it continued.
"We hope that such an incident will not damage the mission of the Holy Father aiming at promoting peace and interreligious dialogue, as he has clearly affirmed in many occasions in this pilgrimage," Father Lombardi added.
"We hope also that interreligious dialogue in the holy land will not be damaged by this incident," the message concluded.
Nine years ago, Tamimi caused a similar scandal when at an interfaith meeting attended by then-Pope John Paul II at the Notre Dame Jerusalem Center, the Palestinian religious leader condemned Israel for a long list of offenses.
From the Jerusalem Post, excerpted from: http://www.americanpapist.com/
After the Pope walked out of the meeting he suddenly turned green and went crazy. He tossed a donkey cart against the wall of Damascus Gate and went right nuts, said my source. I asked my source to fill us in.
As a young priest working in the secret laboratory in the basement of the Vatican, Fr. Benedict Banner, later to become Pope Benedict, was accidentally exposed to gamma rays in an experiment gone terribly wrong, according to my source in Jerusalem.The normally withdrawn and reserved Father Benedict was deranged at a molecular level. Though this side of the Pope is seldom seen in public, and never referred to in polite company, the Pope can be an emotional and impulsive Hulk, a giant, raging, humanoid monster. As the Hulk, Pope Benedict is capable of significant feats of strength, which increases in direct proportion to his anger. Strong emotions such as anger, terror and grief are also triggers for forcing Benedict's transformation into the Hulk, as witnessed after today's walk-out.
The pope was quoted by one astounded bystander as saying, "Oy vey, I hates them jihadis!"
I like the Pope. We need more like him.