[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: On 14 May, 1974 three Katyusha rockets smuggled
into Israel by Archbishop Hilarion Capucci were deployed near United
Nations headquarters in Jerusalem by Fatah terrorists. At 06:31 that
morning a local Arab called the police to report that friends of his just
saw something dangerous that looked liked cannons. At 06:48 a sapper was
already at the site of the rockets. The sapper discovered that the rockets
had a timer set to launch at 07:00. The sapper completed neutralizing the
launching mechanism at 06:56. They were aimed at the Western Wall, a group
of buildings in southern Jerusalem and the King David Hotel - where Henry
Kissinger was visiting.(Capuchi - by Shlomo Harary and Roni Shaked - Yedioth
Archbishop Hilarion Capucci was convicted and then released on condition
and with assurances from the Vatican that he would never engage in
activities associated with the area. He broke his promise and the Vatican
made no effort to honor its commitments.
This action by Mahmoud Abbas at this time serves as a reminder to Israel
that there is absolutely no respect for promises, assurances and
President Mahmoud Abbas awards Archbishop Capucci Medal
Rome 10/16/2013 (WAFA) -The President the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas,
awarded Archbishop Hilarion Capucci , previously the Archbishop of the
Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, the Star of Jerusalem, in recognition of
his contribution to the struggle and in recognition of his passion for
Palestine, and his defense of the rights of our people.
Born in Aleppo in Syria in 1922 he became Archbishop of the Roman Catholic
Church in Jerusalem in 1965.
He engaged in secret work in support of the Palestinian revolution and was
arrested by the Israeli occupation forces in the month of August of 1974 and
a military court sentenced him to 12 years in prison .
He was released after 4 years after the intervention of the Vatican and
expelled from Jerusalem in November of 1978 and now lives in Rome.
Archbishop Capucci was aboard the relief boat ' Freedom Flotilla ' that
stopped by the Israeli occupation forces , and expelled all its passengers
to Lebanon after the confiscation of the ship's content.
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