Jewish leader to confront Pope on terror remarks

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29 July 2005, BERLIN - The leader of Germany's Jewish community, Paul Spiegel, on Friday said he planned to question Pope Benedict XVI on why he failed to mention Israel in recent remarks on terrorism.

29 July 2005

BERLIN - The leader of Germany's Jewish community, Paul Spiegel, on Friday said he planned to question Pope Benedict XVI on why he failed to mention Israel in recent remarks on terrorism.

Spiegel, who is president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, is due to meet with the pope during the pontiff's trip to Germany next month.

"I would be especially interested to know why he recently condemned terrorism in Egypt, England, Turkey and Iraq - but not the terrorism under which Israel has had to suffer for years," said Spiegel in a Die Welt newspaper interview.

Spiegel said Benedict XVI's visit to Germany was "historic" because it would mark the first time a Pope visited a synagogue in the country.

Germany's Jewish community has grown from about 30,000 in 1989 to over 100,000 today thanks to immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union.

DPA

Subject: German news

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