Archbishop Brought to Campus by Marquette is Anti-Israel Crackpot
He was featured in two events: A “Soup With Substance” at noon this past Wednesday, and a “keynote address” at an evening event on the same day.
Some indication of his opinions can be found in any article on the Al-Alam website:
A top Palestinian Christian cleric in Israel has likened crimes committed by foreign-backed insurgents in Syria to the Israeli regime’s racist policies and practices in the occupied land, describing them two sides of the same racist coin. Addressing a group of Arab students at Haifa University on Friday, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna further restated his support for Syria in the face of the foreign-backed war targeting it, SANA reported.If Palestinian students want to bring in speaker to bash Israel, we think that is pretty much their prerogative (although it reflects badly on their judgment).
Archbishop Hanna went on to emphasize that it has become clear that the terrorist groups in Syria are an extension of Zionism and serve its racist projects and suspicious agendas in the region.
The Palestinian cleric further vowed to continue defending the causes of his native land, underlining that Muslims and Christians will remain united in defending the holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He also condemned the Israeli regime’s racist practices against Palestinians.
Hanna then stressed that the targeting of Christians in the Middle East and dividing Arab communities into conflicting sects only serves the Israeli regime and allows it to implement its plots for the region.
The Archbishop also asserted that just as terrorists failed in Syria and elsewhere, they will fail to undermine the Christians’ determination to remain in the Middle East, and that the Israeli regime will also fail to fragment and weaken the Palestinian people.
Unfortunately, this incendiary cleric was supported and sponsored by Marquette officials.
In the first place, the Campus Ministry organizes and schedules Soup with Substance.
In the second place, the Office of International Education paid the Archbishop’s travel expenses to come to Marquette.
We find it odd that the Campus Ministry, which should be working for reconciliation among adversaries everywhere, would sponsor a speaker who demonizes one side in the Arab/Israeli conflict.
And bizarre theories about how “terrorist groups in Syria are an extension of Zionism” and Israeli “plots” are a bit odd coming from an office of Marquette. Terrorist groups in Syria are Islamic militants, and hate Israel more than Hanna does!
This is yet another example of the insular and parochial political correctness that suffuses the Marquette bureaucracy. When there is push back, and when Marquette gets wide and negative public attention, top officials will back off (as happened with Femsex). But the bureaucrats remain in place, with the same politically correct attitudes, and the same culture that thinks calling Israel an “apartheid state” or a “racist state” is something that deserves official Marquette support.
Terence Miller, Director of the Office of International Studies failed to return our phone call asking for comment. Gerry Fischer, who schedules Soup With Substance for the Campus Ministry, was not immediately available for comment.
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