Priest In Hot Water After Appearing To Defend Hamas

On October 7, Hamas terrorist forces massacred 1,400 people in Israeli border communities; meanwhile, a parish priest in Chile appeared to justify this terror attack.

At least 260 people were killed when terrorists stormed a music event and opened fire on the crowd. Israeli authorities have claimed that hundreds more civilians were murdered in their beds.

According to Reuters, Georges Abed, a parish priest at San Jorge Cathedral in the Patronato area in central Santiago, Chile, who was born in Syria, said that the attack on October 7 must be understood in light of the more than 75 years of injustice that Gaza has endured.

Palestinians in Chile are the largest diaspora community outside of the Middle East, and they play an outsized role in the Andean country’s politics, culture, and sports.

President Gabriel Boric of the Palestinian Authority has said that Israel’s military operation in Gaza violates international law, and the Palestinian people as a whole have been outspoken in their condemnation of Israel’s actions. Boric also slammed the Israeli military action as a collective punishment to the civilian population in Gaza.

Christian refugees from the crumbling Ottoman Empire established the Palestinian community in Chile in the late 19th century. Over half a million Palestinians now call Chile home, making up a sizable minority in a country of fewer than 20 million. The locals have been demanding a ceasefire, boycotting businesses, and holding protests and charity performances.

Palestinians can be found in every region of Chile, and the country’s capital, Santiago, is home to a thriving Palestinian Social Club. People from all walks of life coexist harmoniously in this community, including government, academia, business, banking, the armed forces, and law enforcement representatives.

Israel has refused to comply with UN calls for a ceasefire, citing Hamas’s alleged use of people as human shields.

After the Nazi Holocaust, major international powers supported the creation of Israel in 1948, but Arab states refused to tolerate the forced relocation of about 700,000 Palestinians.

It is estimated that there are now over 500,000 Palestinians living in Chile, making it the country with the largest Palestinian community outside of the Middle East.