Posts made in May, 2018

American Jews need to talk about Gaza

Posted on May 21, 2018

American Jews need to talk about Gaza.

We need to talk about why 62 Palestinians were slaughtered by the Israeli army a week ago, and over 10,000 maimed in the last seven weeks. We need to talk about root causes of this heart-wrenching violence.

We need to talk about how this violence is done in our names, how our own futures are tied up in finding a different way forward. And perhaps most of all, we need to talk about how to reach our friends, family, and community leaders who aren’t ready yet to take a stand.

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Kairos Statement on Gaza and Jerusalem

Posted on May 20, 2018

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. (Ecclesiastes 5:8)..

On Monday, May 14th 2018, in Gaza, 60 people were killed and 2771 wounded among crowds walking unarmed towards their villages, from which they had been compelled to leave. They were killed in cold blood and posed no threat to anybody.

At the same time, the American embassy was relocated to Jerusalem in violation of international law. The transgressor is the great power that should call on others to respect international law.

Thus, the situation in which we are living is not one of rejoicing and the inauguration of a new embassy. We live in an inhumane situation that must be changed.

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CBS host schooled on Israel-Palestine Reality

Posted on May 20, 2018

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Impose Financial and Military Sanctions on Israel for War Crimes

Posted on May 20, 2018

Riaz Ahmed started this petition to United Nations, New York United Nations Security Council

When will the United Nations apply international laws against Israel? When will the same law makers who readily impose financial and military sanctions on African, Arab and Asian Nations without thought, do the same to Israel?

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Palestinian and World Christian Youth appeal to the global community on the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba

Posted on May 19, 2018

 

The Palestine Youth Ecumenical Movement and The World Student Christian Federation have issued a statement addressed to the international community:

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Uri Avnery: The Day of Shame

Posted on May 19, 2018

by Uri Avnery

ON BLOODY MONDAY this week, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?

My answer was, without hesitation: I would have stood near the border fence and demonstrated, risking my life and limbs every minute.

How am I so sure?

Simple: I did the same when I was 15.

I was a member of the National Military Organization (the “Irgun”), an armed underground group labeled “terrorist”.

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The Ongoing Nakba

Posted on May 18, 2018

I visited Gaza in 2017 with two colleagues to see what life is like for the people there. We were allowed in for one day and spent our time meeting with Global Ministries partners and witnessing their daily life under blockade. Access in and out of Gaza is severely restricted, as are the goods that come in. The UN estimates that by 2020, Gaza will be unlivable due to lack of access to clean water, food, medicine and medical supplies, electricity, fuel, and construction equipment. We heard numerous stories from Gazans who said that when they were allowed to leave, it felt like they were being released from prison when they stepped over the border.

by James Moos, Global Ministries
May 15 is known to Palestinians as Nakba (“catastrophe”) Day; it comes the day after Israelis celebrate their Independence Day. This year will mark 70 years since the state of Israel was created and 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and dispossessed, resulting in a Palestinian diaspora and refugee population that now numbers over 5 million.

Since March 30, thousands of Palestinians have participated in planned nonviolent demonstrations in Gaza near the fence separating it from Israel. The demonstrations are called “The Great March of Return,” and they are expected to end on Nakba Day. At the time of this writing over one hundred demonstrators have been killed and thousands more have been injured by Israeli forces. Many of the deaths occurred on the day the U.S. opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a move widely condemned by the international community.

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On display in Jerusalem: political pandering to the theologically weird

Posted on May 18, 2018

…one should reflect and then perhaps regret that political pandering to a subset of American Christianity, keeping a campaign promise, has resulted in the deaths of so many, young children among them.

by Joshua J. Whitfield

Julian the Apostate, the Roman emperor, was killed in Persia in 363; it was a demise in which all Christians rejoiced. For them, clearly it was an act of God, divine justice. Julian had made himself an enemy of the Church, you see, and so God was just following through as always, with signs and wonders just as he had done ever since Pharaoh.

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US Embassy in Jerusalem and clashes in Gaza: The Church calls for prayers

Posted on May 18, 2018

Peace and conversion. These are the prayer intentions recommended by Mgr Pizzaballa for the vigil of prayer on Saturday 19 May at 5pm at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.

A week of deep contrasts has shaken the Holy Land as the representatives of the Israeli government celebrated the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the presence of supporters and delegations coming from a range of countries. The border with the Gaza strip was home to violent clashes.

H.E. Mgr PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA, ofm
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

“Unfortunately this is yet another episode in a long itinerary of hatred and violence which has brought about the death of almost 60 people and thousands of injured. It is also a paradoxical situation because on the one hand a great feast was being celebrated – the move of the embassy – and on the other a tragedy, a massacre. It is a snapshot which depicts well this paradoxical and tragic situation betraying enormous alienation and the distance existing between the parties in this terrible and unending conflict.”

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Samia Khoury: Blowing in the Wind

Posted on May 18, 2018

After the massacre of Gaza on May 14, I was writing to a friend and asking how many more need to die before our voice is heard and we are granted justice. He wrote back reminding me of Bob Dylan’s song “the answer is Blowin’ in the wind.” I have always loved that song. So I decided I was going to improvise new words to suit our situation.

 

 

 

How many massacres must we go through

Before they see us as  humans?

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