Israel blows up a very old church

June 1, 2002

It has come to our attention that Israeli soldiers destroyed entirely the Greek Orthodox Church ,Santa Barbara, in Abboud village near Ramallah.  The Church was built in the 4th century, and it withstood all the invasions that took place in Palestine, except the most barbaric invasion carried out by Israeli soldiers.  There can be no justification or excuse for this unacceptable aggression against Christianity, and against the norms of the civilized word and the sacred places .

The international community must speak up, must act now, and must punish the Government of Israel for this heinous crime.  The responsibility of the international community cannot be ignored after it established Israel as a country above the law.

We are calling on all Christians around the world, and all those who value the sanctity of religious sites, to show solidarity with the people of Palestine, and to look for ways to punish the Government of Israel in response.  Moreover, Israeli soldiers who carried out this crime must be brought to justice.

Those raising their voices and calling for reform within Palestinian society must prove that they are true to their values, so they must condemn the shameless destruction of the Greek Orthodox Church in Abboud.      Enough double standards.

Was Santa Barbara guilty? Does she deserve all that?

The Church of Santa Barbara in Aboud was bombed on May
31, 2002. Do you know who did that horrible action?
They are the ISRAELI soldiers (the occupation forces).
Without any excuse they decided to bomb the Church.
The Christian Youth in Aboud condemn this action and
considers that it was done by mistake as misleading
claims. Aboud is a village North West of Jerusalem
famous of it's very old Christian Churches. We
consider this as a sinful, immoral action against
humanity. It is estimated that this Church is about
1500 years old. Do you believe that no one has ever
harmed this Church since 1500 years except ISRAELIS.
On December 17 of each year Christians visit this
Church to pray there. Where do you suggest they pray
now??! The story of Santa Barbara has become part of
the Christian tradition in the Holy Lands. We will
include this evil action in the story of Santa Barbara
and tell all humankind about it. If you consider this
action as unfair, please help us in our campaign to
tell all human beings about this vile action. Please
forward this message to every one.
Thanks for cooperation.

Christian Youth in Aboud.