Archbishop of Westminster shocked by effects of Gaza war
This article from the Guardian discussed the Archbishop of Westminster visit to the Gaza strip and his impressions about the war. During his visit, he saw the destruction caused this summer, and the article discusses this shock. The area has a bad economy caused by the war damaged building, the economy means that the areas inhabitant are unlikely to stay. In the article, the archbishop of Westminster highlights that he hopes his trip will inform the public and help end the war.
In class, we discussed the role of Israel as the holy land in the bible. In the Torah, the land is promised to three patriarchs of the Jews. Israel is supposedly this same land. While the Jews claim the land, it is also holy to Christians and Muslims. Both Archbishop of Westminster and Pope Francis, important leader in Christianity, have been saddened by the damaged cause by the conflict between Hamas and Israel. According to the New York Times, violence has increased as Israel seeks retribution for the three Israeli settlers who were kidnapped even though the Israelis apparently knew they were already dead.
Like all conflict, the Gaza war harms the people who happen to live in that area. Archbishop of Westminster should have expected damage and distribution, regardless of its holy status. The damage of Gaza is no different than in Iraq or Missouri. It can take a long time to rebuild and return. Five billion pounds is needed for reconstruction and it appears that Archbishop of Westminster is seeking donation for the terrible condition.
The archbishop of Westminster’s visit highlights the importance of the location to Christians. It also demonstrates the irony of religious war. While Muslims, are fighting for this holy land, they are making it unlivable. Despite its importance, both groups are willing to destroy it. Archbishop of Westminster mentions the traumatized children of the area which reflects the trauma done to the area. Children in the “holy land” are innocent and forgotten, he states “an orphanage caring for dozens of traumatized children, some of whom had been given up by parents unable to care for them”.
The true irony of the Gaza war is that men are fighting on holy land in wars that are contrary to their fundamental beliefs “Thou shall not kill”.