Archbishop of Athens: “Detention of Thousands of People in Israeli Prisons is a Disgrace”

ATHENS, April 5, 2014 – (WAFA) – Primate of the Orthodox Church of Greece and  Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos II declared Saturday his support for the Robben  Island Declaration for the Freedom of Marwan Barghouhti and all Palestinian  Prisoners.

“The detention of thousands of people in  prisons is a disgrace to human civilization and a profound wound in the Middle  East region,” said Ieronymos II.

“We join the rest who are calling for releasing Marwan Barghouthi and all  Palestinian prisoners and fulfilling your fair claims,” he added.

Ieronymos II made these statements in a letter he sent for Palestinian  Ambassador to Greece Marwan Toubasi.

Iernymos II was briefed by Toubasi about the international campaign to  release Barghouthi, the inhuman conditions of Palestinian prisoners as well as  the Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people, most notably  house demolition, land seizure, settlement construction and the construction of  the apartheid wall.

Toubasi announced that he secured the support of more than two hundreds Greek  politicians, academics and artists and labor and legal organizations for the  Robben Island Declaration.