Hobo returns to Palestine

Hobo Holmes, aka Fr. Bob, SMC i954, former jock from Blessed Sacrament parish in North Toronto is the itinerant peacemaker who said mass for us on Sunday and then on Monday he was off to Palestine as a Christian Peacemaker. He will not be staying at the Jerusalem Hilton but on the dirt floor with three others in At- Tuwani the  500-year-old Palestinian village of 150 people in the south Hebron Hills. We visited this village with Hobo last summer.

Here the CPTers and Hobo walk children home from school where they are regularly terrified by the American thugs in Havat Ma’on an illegal settlement since 1980. Often the IDF’s supposed security is late and allow this disgusting charade to continue. To them it is a big joke—terrorizing children.

The Middle East Monitor describes these religious misfits in these terms:

Havat Ma’on, originally an army outpost, is inhabited by 300-400 fanatical settlers, some originating in places as far as Moscow and Baltimore. Indoctrinated in the Jewish messianic ideology, the settlers are considered among the most criminal elements of the settler movement. They believe they have a mandate from God to harass, torment and kill “goyem” or non-Jews.

“Criminality is the mindset of these people. They think that their practice of Judaism is measured in proportion to the amount of persecution and aggression meted out to their Palestinian neighbors,” say Ahmed al Hreini, a resident of Tuwani.

“I think there is a clear collusion between the settlers at Havat Ma’on and the Israeli army and government. Their common goal is to harass the Palestinians to leave in order to expand the settlement,” said one CPTer from the United States.

“I can say that the settlers operate in sync with the Israeli army, they are more or less two sides of the same coin.”

Does Hobo need all this grief? At 74 shouldn’t he be chillin’ out watching the Leafs or sitting in the Florida sun? What got into this brother?

The Gospel he read on Sunday  Feb.26 26 defines his life:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? … “And why do you worry about clothes? …So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…But seek first his kingdom and his justice, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matt.6: 24 ff

Bon voyage, Hobo.


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