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Shalom Life: Archbishop Hilarion Cappuci invited by the Palestine House
The Palestine House in Mississauga is once again this year holding an event to mark “Land Day”, which symbolizes the struggle of the Palestinian people to maintain their stronghold on the lands of Palestine. The event will be held on April 2 at 6:00pm at the Capitol Banquet Hall located at 6435 Dixie Road in Mississauga.
The evening’s guest of honour and keynote speaker is Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, the former archbishop of Caesarea for the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Born in Aleppo in northern Syria, Cappuci was ordained a priest of the Basilian Aleppian Order in 1947 and in 1965 was appointed archbishop. During his time in office he was an opponent of Israel and aligned himself with the Palestinians.
In August of 1974 Cappuci was arrested by Israeli police for smuggling weapons into the West Bank in a Mercedes sedan. He was subsequently convicted by an Israeli court of using his diplomatic status to smuggle arms to the Palestine Liberation Army and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Capucci was released from prison two years later following intervention by the Vatican. He has been honoured by the governments of Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria with postage stamps.
In 2009 Capucci was on a Lebanese ship bound for Gaza which was seized by Israeli forces when it attempted to violate the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza. Last May he took part in the Free Gaza Movement’s aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip. He was a passenger on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which was seized by the Israeli Navy. He was held in a prison in Be’er Sheva and deported.
In previous years Palestine House has invited other Palestinian officials who during the Intifada expressed their open support for the armed Palestinian struggle and even for suicide bombings. One of them, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the former Palestinian mufti of Jerusalem and the holy places, issued a fatwa (a legal pronouncement in Islam) that provides justification for suicide bombings. Another guest speaker was the Archimandrite Atallah Hanna, who also openly identified with the Palestinian armed struggle during interviews in the media.