Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who was convicted by Israel in 1974 of providing military weapons to Arab Islamic terrorists and who died in Rome on New Year's Day 2017, has been honored with a street named after him in the city of Ramallah, the Jewish Press website reports today (January 5, 2017).
Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid announced the move as a way to "honor the memory of Capucci in observance of his national positions and defense of Palestinian people's rights."
Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and other officials attended the ceremony, which was open to the PA public.
Capucci was born in Aleppo, Syria and became archbishop of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem in 1965. He was known for his obsessive hatred of the State of Israel and his assistance to Arab terrorists, including arms trafficking, for which he was convicted by Israeli authorities and sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1974.
(Note: Greek Catholics are persons who observe Greek Orthodox traditions -- including the liturgy of their church services, priests being allowed to be married before being ordained, etc. -- while still coming under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church rather than the Greek Orthodox Church.)