07/25/2005, 00.00
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Israeli Foreign Minister launches "violent and vulgar" attack to the Pope

by Arieh Cohen

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - The Israeli Foreign Ministry has instructed Israel's newspapers to launch an unprecedentedly crude and violent attack on the Person of Pope Benedict XVI. In its instructions addressed to the editorial offices, dated Monday, 25 July 2005, the Foreign Ministry accuses the Holy Father of deliberately and immorally excluding Israel from the list of countries affected by terrorism, mentioned in the Angelus address of Sunday, 24 July, in order to legitimize terrorist attacks against Jews. The hastily written instructions in Hebrew are crude also in their formulation, they are replete with spelling mistakes and composition errors, say experts in the Hebrew language. Such a gratuitous, violent, vulgar,  personal attack on the reigning Pontiff, say expert observers, is without precedent in the 57 year history of the State of Israel.

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