SATURDAY
March 24, 2001
volume 12, no. 83

Bush Asks Sharon to Veto Nazareth Mosque



    JERUSALEM, Mar. 23, 01 (CWNews.com/Fides) - This morning Israel Radio announced that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been asked by US President George W. Bush to withdraw permission to build a mosque in front of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, granted by the former Israeli government.

    The request was made during a meeting between the president and the prime minister at the White House on March 20.

    Father David Jaeger, an Israeli Franciscan and a member of the Custody of the Holy Land, said: "I am delighted and very grateful to President Bush, to the American Catholic bishops, and American Christian leaders in general. Many Protestant churchmen I met on several visits to the United States had assured me of their backing for the request made by the Franciscan Custodians. The President's support echoes voices raised all over the Christian world."

    It was the former government led by Ehud Barak that responded positively to a request by fundamentalist Muslims for a mosque on the doorstep of the world famous Nazareth Basilica of the Annunciation. The decision created friction on various occasions between Christians and Muslims in Nazareth and elsewhere in the Holy Land. To protest against the laying of the foundation stone on November 23, 1999, Christian churches and holy places throughout the Holy Land closed their doors for two days.


March 24, 2001
volume 12, no. 83
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