Archbishop of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, described the Israeli offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as "an ugly crime, an organized state terrorism.”  Archbishop Hanna stressed his "deep condemnation, the church’s condemnation and all Palestinian Christians’ condemnation of this attack against Palestinians."

He told al-Jazeera satellite channel that the Patriarchate has made contacts with various churches around the world demanding them to interfere to pressure to end its offensive.

On the other hand, Attallah told the Maan News agency, "what is doing is not reasonable, and the world is silent in regard to this crime against the Palestinian people.  We are addressing the conscience of the world, of the Arab and Muslim countries; move immediately to stop this aggression and this arrogance as is attempting to impose its demands by power and weapons, believing that the Palestinian people will bow."

"The Palestinians are heroic people, they have been attacked and terrorized but they will hold on steadily to their rights until they achieve their national aspirations," said the Archbishop.