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What Do South Africa and Israel Have in Common?

Repeatedly during the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, reference was made to South Africa – to the significant role churches and Christians played in supporting the apartheid regime there and the equally significant role churches and Christians played in finally ending it.

On Wednesday 25 May, the Assembly discussed today’s apartheid regime – a regime that privileges Jewish ethnicity as the Afrikaners privileged whiteness, a regime that treats the native Arabs of Palestine as second-class citizens if they live in Israel proper, as third-class non-citizens if they live in the territories illegally occupied by Israel for over 40 years, and as fourth-class non-persons if they are the millions of Palestinians, or the children or grandchildren of Palestinians, who have been exiled from their land, while Israel steadfastly refuses their right, enshrined in international law and recognised in UN resolutions, to return home. Continue reading “What Do South Africa and Israel Have in Common?”


(Thanks to Sami Awad for this cartoon.)

With God on Our Side – On the evil of so-called ‘Christian Zionism’

UK Methodists dare more than words for just peace in Palestine and Israel

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has congratulated the United Kingdom’s National Methodist Conference “important and forward looking resolutions by your church around the question of a just peace for Palestine and Israel.”

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Bernard Sabella – On the Occasion of A Nonending Occupation

Dr. Bernard Sabella

Jerusalem, 3 June 2010

Forty three years have passed since the June war of 1967 and sixty two years have elapsed since the 1948 war. The question today remains: where are we at in terms of ending the Arab-Israeli conflict and moving forward towards different relationships not simply between Palestinians and Israelis but throughout the Middle East. The answers are grim indeed. Instead of containing the conflict, Israel’s perpetual obsession with security and the industry created around it, whether in the military, media, diplomatic circles or in presentations aimed at convincing the Israeli population and others across the world of Israel as victim and candidate for eradication seems destined to lead Israel from one war into another. As witnessed in the recent tragic episode of the Gaza Flotilla taken over by Israeli commandoes, the Israeli action and its aftermath made out of the Turkish people a hostile nation.

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Scot McKnight about the Israeli-Gaza incident

Here are some of the questions that Scot McKnight asks about the latest militarist act of the state of Israel (and my short answers):

  • Was that boat, or the flotilla, properly contacted in advance to say the boats must pass inspection? Is this protocol?
They obviously did not. The Israeli never bother to do such things when Palestinians are concerned.

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

29 May – 4 June 2010

Joint action for just peace convened by the World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches is inviting member churches and related organizations to join a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Those who share the hope of justice are invited to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness. Continue reading “World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel”

Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation

Gary Burge, an Anglican Biblical scholar teaching at Wheaton College writes in the last issue of Sojourners an account of his participation on Sunday 14 March 2010, in Beit Jala, Bethlehem, in a peaceful demonstration against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.  Here is a fragment:

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Bethlehem Getto

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Patriarch Michel Sabbah on the situation of Palestinian Christians

Michel Sabbah, former Latin (Catholic) Patriarch of Jerusalem

This interview of His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, was taken recently by the journalist Laurent Grzybowski for the periodical La Vie (you may find HERE the text of this interview in French).

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Lynne Hybels on Christ at the Checkpoint

Tony Campolo on the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Amnesty International Report on Water in Palestine

Jeff Hall: No Right to Return – How I left my home in Jerusalem for a day and never saw it again

Jeff & Jocelyn’s empty living room in Jerualem

Damascus Gate is the most stunning of the portals in and out of the Old City of Jerusalem. Along the golden walls, hawkers sell everything from Gazan strawberries and Arabic coffee to cell phones and Chinese tennis shoes. The marbled walk that forms Old City’s Eastern boundary has been worn smooth by the feet of a million pilgrims, a million merchants, a million worshipers. Continue reading “Jeff Hall: No Right to Return – How I left my home in Jerusalem for a day and never saw it again”

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Video Israel Doesn’t Want You to See

If Americans Knew What Israel Is Doing

See the site HERE. Click and you will find some grim statistics. Continue reading “If Americans Knew What Israel Is Doing”

Israelis Uprooting Olive Trees in Palestine – ten times

It seems that the publication of this post has upset  the Israeli authorities. As a result, the video cannot be accessed anymore, neither on my blog, nor on You Tube. Here are, in exchange, ten other videos on the same theme: the uprooting of trees on Palestinian lands, in an effort to drive people to despair and make space for Jewish settlets.

First Story: Akram Nasan, a resident of the village of al-Mughayyir, north-east of Ramallah, discovered on Sunday,Decemebr 12, that approximately 260 Olive seedlings that he planted recently were uprooted and destroyed by settlers from the close Adei-Ad outpost. Of them, approximately 190 were newly planted, and the rest were planted last year.

Continue reading “Israelis Uprooting Olive Trees in Palestine – ten times”

Israelis Uprooting Olive Trees in Palestine

Happened: 3 March 2010, in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem

Purpose: Bringing Palestinians to despair, so that they leave and let the land at the disposal of Zionists.

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Note: The video is back in business. They have just deleted a few letters from the address. Which means WordPress is not totally safe. Not that I was as naive to think that it is.

Peaceful demonstration in Beit Jala, Bethlehem

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Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum

The “Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum” (PIEF) is a platform that rallies churches together enabling them to coordinate their efforts and initiatives for a just peace in Palestine-Israel. Continue reading “Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum”

Israel and Palestine: People Aren’t the Enemy

Brian Mc Laren has written a series of very interesting comments on his blog during his recent trip to Palestine.

Here is just one short conclusion of the article whose title I have borrowed:

Many things have become more clear since our arrival, and some things have grown more complicated for us, but one thing is absolutely certain: the picture we’re given through the media in the U.S. is grossly distorted. Continue reading “Israel and Palestine: People Aren’t the Enemy”

Un État palestinien est devenu impossible

Sari Nusseibeh, doyen de l’université al-Qods à Jérusalem

INTERVIEW – Pour le pacifiste palestinien Sari Nusseibeh, Israël n’aura bientôt d’autre choix que d’intégrer sa population arabe.

Sari Nusseibeh, doyen de l’université al-Qods à Jérusalem et intellectuel palestinien engagé, avait été l’auteur en 2002 d’un plan de paix cosigné avec Ami Ayalon, ex-chef du Shin Bet, le service de sécurité israélien. Continue reading “Un État palestinien est devenu impossible”

Christmas 2009 in Bethlehem

Christmas 2009: Bethlehem with Summer Weather

Dr. Bernard Sabella
Jerusalem – January 9th 2010

Amidst summer in winter, as temperatures in the last week or so ranged in the upper teens and lower twenties, people in Bethlehem were enjoying an Australia or New Zealand Christmas. In Palestine, the joy of Christmas is usually associated with the overall political and economic situation and with the health standing of family members and not necessarily with the number of gifts one receives. The joy of Christmas is also tied to peace but, needless to say, there is still no peace in the land of Christ’s birth. The prospects for peace, so many times mistakenly heralded by the most powerful leaders do not excite people here anymore. Palestinians are no longer excited by promises and speeches made by prominent politicians to bring about peace and serenity. Continue reading “Christmas 2009 in Bethlehem”