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Holy Land tour operators scramble to help pilgrims after flight ban

July 23, 2014 JERUSALEM (CNS) — With most international airlines canceling their flights into Israel’s Ben Gurion airport after several Hamas missiles were launched toward the area July 22, Anton Mousallam has only three words on his mind: cancellation, cancellation, cancellation. The Bethlehem Catholic tour operator said four large pilgrim groups scheduled to arrive in…

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Jerusalem patriarch: Don’t punish all Gaza Palestinians because of Hamas

July 23, 2014 WASHINGTON (CNS) — It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. People might not agree with Hamas, which controls Gaza, but “we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas,” he told…

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