Father Dave interviews Mother Agnes of Homs
It might seem odd that I’ve decided to post a copy of my interview with Mother Agnes here on israelandpalestine.org… when Mother Agnes’ connections are with Homs in Syria. Even so, there are three points of connection between her work and the situation in Israel/Palestine.
Firstly, she is the daughter of a Palestinian refugee. She was born in a Lebanese refugee camp after her father fled Nazareth in 1948.
Secondly, the fate of Israel/Palestine, and indeed all the countries in the region, are tied up with Syrian situation in many and complex ways. If Syria falls to the rebels, or even if Syria is kept constantly unstable through long-term civil war, this inevitably weakens the Shiite triumvirate (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah-Lebanon) very significantly. Many countries in the region would like to see that alliance crumble. Others feel that this balancing power is the last barrier to total US-Israeli dominance of the Middle East.
Thirdly, and most sinister of all, it’s the same key players maintaining the blood-letting both in Syria and in Israel-Palestine. The US and her Middle Eastern allies are supporting the overthrow of the Syrian government just as they are funding Israel to maintain its subjugation of the Palestinian people.
When will the violence end? Perhaps when more people listen to Mother Agnes and her colleagues, and face the truth as to what is really happening in Syria and across the Middle East.