Posts made in May, 2018

A Child Dies in the Killing Fields of Gaza

Posted on May 18, 2018

by James M. Wall, Wallwritings

History is filled with narratives about killing fields. This troubled writer looks at the killing fields of Gaza, and is driven to begin with a story:

“A man kills his mother and his father. Brought to trial, he begs for mercy because he is an orphan.”

There are times when two sides have legitimate claims to a side. The killer in this story does not have a “side”.

The story comes to mind when this troubled writer sees the deaths of Palestinians in the killing fields of Gaza and is driven to fury by the willingness of others to embrace the killer’s narrative.

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Churches urge U.S. and other governments to protect Palestinians

Posted on May 17, 2018

by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Saying Palestinians have a right to demonstrate peacefully and with dignity in their decades-long conflict with Israel, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has joined 14 other Christian denominations and organizations in a joint statement, calling for an end to violence in the region.

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WCC calls for just peace and an end to impunity in the Holy Land

Posted on May 16, 2018

News from the World Council of Churches

It is a very serious situation for the churches locally – and globally – that some Christians are thanking God for a decision that is so blatantly against international law and policy, so much undermining the peace process based on a common international understanding of the rights of both peoples to share Jerusalem as their capital, and so provocative to the occupied and oppressed people of Palestine. This should concern all who understand their religious faith as compelling them to work for reconciliation and peace.

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Mourning for Gaza, Israel, and Palestine

Posted on May 16, 2018

by Rabbi Michael Lerner

On May 14, 2018 Israel raised the number of Gazan mostly unarmed civilians it had killed to close to 100, and the number wounded to several thousand. Its actions will go down in Jewish history as the height of the Netanyahu government’s ethical blindness and arrogance. All people of conscience should make May 14th an annual day of mourning for the Gazans and for the fate of all Palestinians living under occupation (whether in the form of military occupation in the West Bank or in the form of blockade and cutting off of electricity, food and medical supplies, and much more).

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Zionism has Become an Existential Threat—to Jews

Posted on May 16, 2018

by Mark LeVine

With each new death in Gaza the Israeli government is not only sealing the judgement of history as to the irredeemably racist and violent core of Zionist nationalism, it is also flashing a giant red light at Jews everywhere, warning us that the movement started ostensibly to protect and normalize Jewish existence has become an existential threat—to Jews.

What else can one reasonably conclude when a new American embassy is opened to great fanfare in Jerusalem, its inauguration “blessed” by two pastors who openly call for the eternal damnation of the Jews as Israeli and Diaspora Jewish leaders beam with pride and sip champagne, while sixty miles away young Jews, in the name of their religion, massacre dozen of unarmed Palestinian women, men, children, elderly and young with utter inhumanity and impunity.

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Gaza, Jerusalem: What’s next?

Posted on May 16, 2018

Launch a new era of Jewish communal life outside of Zionism.

by Rabbi Alissa Wise

This week has been the biggest tragedy in Israel/Palestine in almost fifteen years. Not since 2004 have so many funerals had to be organized for innocent Palestinians in one day.

And the catalyst for this nightmare is…us.

As Americans, the new Embassy in Jerusalem sends a clear message from the Trump administration: the Israeli government can do whatever it wants. Snipers, blockades, legal assaults on basic rights, ongoing expansion – there’s evidently nothing this administration won’t sign off on.

It’s never been more clear that change in US Israel/Palestine policy is only going to come from the grassroots.

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Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem decries violence in Gaza

Posted on May 16, 2018

Once again we are forced by circumstances to plead and cry out for justice and peace
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa

La Croix International staff, Israel

The mother of a Palestinian baby at the morgue on May 14. (Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP)

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has condemned the violence and the “cynical use of human lives” as Gaza buries 58 people killed May 14 when Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian protesters.

The protests, which also injured some 2,700 people, coincide with the seventieth anniversary of the Nakba or Day of Catastrophe as it is known to Palestinians — when Gaza’s majority refugee community sought to remind people of their forced displacement following Israel’s creation.

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Pope warns bloodshed in Gaza hurts peace: ‘War begets war’

Posted on May 15, 2018

The Vatican has long sought an internationally guaranteed status for Jerusalem that safeguards its sacred character for Jews, Muslims and Christians.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Wednesday that the latest spasm of violence in the Holy Land is only hurting chances for peace, and called for revived efforts at dialogue and justice.

Francis said he was “very worried and pained” at the bloodshed and expressed his “great pain for the dead and wounded” and all those who suffer. Leading thousands of people in prayer Wednesday at the end of his weekly general audience, he said the use of violence can never bring about peace.

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Dr. Maria Khoury writes about Prayers for the US President

Posted on May 15, 2018

Dear Friends of Taybeh,

As a little girl I use to pray for the President of the United States every Sunday in the Eastern Orthodox Liturgy though never really understanding why I should do so. But finally in my old age after waking up to the bloodiest day I have seen in Palestine in over twenty-five years, I realized the President of the United States needs emergency prayers by all people to be guided by the True Light of Christ. We simply need a President who will stand up for justice and human rights. Not a President who stands up for Israel because he is the beneficiary of 30 million dollars in campaign and inauguration donations from the famous Zionist Sheldon Adelson. Following a two-day slaughter of Palestinians, America has just lost its place in being a mediator for a just peace in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

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Nakba Day + Great Return March

Posted on May 15, 2018

Since the beginning of the Great Return March on Land Day, March 30, Israel has stolen the lives of at least 109 Palestinians asking to return to their homes. As we follow the news and read the growing list of names with sorrow and dread, it’s critical that we remember that this did not start on March 30.

Moments like the Great Return March are incredibly important. They grab our attention because of the inspiration of the mass mobilization and unity we see, because of our connection to events on the ground, and because they garner media attention.

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