Saturday, March 27, 2010
Christian truth against occupation
The Western media never fails to focus on "clashes" and "conflict" in the Holy Land, making sure to frame their news in a suppposedly balanced way, but which is anything but. Western media routinely fails to place into the public mind Palestinian non-violent resistance to occupation. In this video, you can see Christian Palestinians' non-violent protest including prayer against the illegal building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank area of Beit Sahour, their home. What is the reaction to their legitimate and peaceful opposition? You can clearly witness the Israeli forces use of tear gas and concussion grenades against these unarmed people standing up for their legal human rights.
Christians of Palestine, KAIROS PALESTINE, have issued a statement, The Moment of Truth, in many languages, asking support from Christians around the world. "In this historic document, we Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity". Here is part of their statement in its English language version. I will print it up for my mother, who is a devout Christian, to read:
"This document is the Christian Palestinians’ word to the world about what is happening in Palestine. It is written at this time when we wanted to see the Glory of the grace of God in this land and in the sufferings of its people. In this spirit the document requests the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades. The suffering continues while the international community silently looks on at the occupying State, Israel. Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in our region, calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against our people and the dispossession of the land."
please read the entire text in English here.