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Monday, November 17, 2003

Pope condemns Israel's security fence



Pope John Paul II meets with unidentified Christian delegates of the Palestinian Liberation Organization during a private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 10, 2003. The pontiff told the delegation that terrorism must be condemned in all its forms, saying it could not lay the groundwork for people's freedom. The pope also asked the delegation to convey his 'greetings and good wishes' to President Yasser Arafat. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)
Nov. 16, 2003: Pope John Paul II condemned Israel's security fence as a new obstacle to peace in the region. "The Holy Land needs bridges, not walls," the BBC reported him saying.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon landed in Italy Monday. He is to meet with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, and the heads of the local Jewish community. "As a result of the recent developments, a great deal of time will obviously be spent dealing with the issue of anti-Semitism," a senior diplomatic official said. More at JPost.