Love Your Enemies

Palestinian_refugees_1948Palestinian Christian Bible Scholar, Yohanna Katanacho, spoke at Catalyst Live, Reading, UK 2013.

Today is the 1948 anniversary of Israeli independence and the Palestinian nakba (catastrophe).

Loving enemies is still the best way to make friends.  Pray for Israelis and the Palestinians.

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Yohanna Katanacho Catalyst Live Reading 2013 BMS

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England and Wales: Al-Nakba re-imagined

walesenglandHow would you feel if:

  • You were Welsh,
  • and you lived in Wales,
  • and the English built a wall between England and Wales?

And if:

  • the English built a wall actually into Wales, dividing up villages and farms,
  • and stopped you from going to England, even to a nearby hospital?

And then:

  • built English towns inside Wales,
  • and joined their towns with roads that only they could use?

And then:

  • made it almost impossible for you to build houses in your country, and destroyed houses already there that they said were illegal?

 

Suppose the English did all this and forced it on you by military force, what would you feel then?

You would feel

Angry

Depressed

Full of despair

The whole idea is ridiculous.

It would be so unjust.

So how do you think the Palestinians feel?

This scenario is suggested by Friends of Sabeel UK, and describes the situation using England/Wales instead of Israel/Palestine.  The feelings expressed here are a natural consequence of colonization and occupation.  This describes a present Palestinian reality, and it can be traced back to the 19th century political ideology and aspiration of European, secular Jews, that found expression in the events of May 15th 1948.

In a ‘meeting of ministers’ just before the British general election, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, answered my question about this intractible problem.  Although he answered very well and showed knoweldge and integrity, he did admit to me that this one issue is the single biggest problem he faces.

This is the Day Israel celebrates as Independence, and the Palestinian Muslims and Christians as ‘Al-Nakba’ or catastrophe.  The whole world needs to turn this event from a catastrophe to a eucatastrophe, and in this regard, the Church, with her Resurrected Lord, must be at the forefront of this, instead of the eschatological horror show that is Christian Zionism.

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Al-Nakba Horror – Remembering 1948 and the ‘Trail of Tears’

nakbaMay 15th, 1948 – The Palestinian Catastrophe, known as ‘Al-Nakba’, also known as Israeli Independence Day.  One date, one land, two peoples, opposite ends of the spectrum – one people in deep trauma, the other in deep joy, a joy which is certainly tinged with a darkness of soul that must be continually pushed down and ignored.  It won’t stay there forever.  This anniversary is coming round again, and it is right to remind ourselves what is going on, to stand up for justice, for people, for God’s sake.

Alex Awad:

“Eighty percent of the Palestinians living in Palestine (what is now Israel – excluding the West Bank) fled out of fear or were forcibly evicted by the Zionists.  Most of those who were not pushed out lived on the periphery of the Zionist military action, particularly in the Galilee, and thus managed to stay put, primarily because a cease-fire was signed before they could be evicted.  It was essential, however, for the Zionists to prohibit those who left from returning to their homes, despite international pressure and UN resolutions, and despite Israel’s own promises, made in return for recognition and membership in the United Nations.”

UN Resolution 194

“Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and those wishing not to return should be compensated for their property.”

“The 750,000 Palestinians who fled lost all their land and possessions in 1948 and became refugees.  Just as Jews in Europe were driven from their homes due to pogroms, Palestinians were forced to leave their homes and land because of Zionist ethnic cleansing.  In what may be termed a Middle Eastern “trail of tears”, refugees . . . trecked to Lebanon, Jordon, Syria, and other surrounding states.”

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Love Your Enemies

Palestinian Christian Bible Scholar, Yohanna Katanacho, spoke at Catalyst Live, Reading, UK 2013.

Today is the 1948 anniversary of Israeli independence and the Palestinian nakba (catastrophe).

Loving enemies is still the best way to make friends.  Pray for Israelis and the Palestinians.

Remembering ‘Al Nakba’ in 2014

al_nakbaMay 15th is the anniversary of what the Palestinian people (Muslim, Christian, Other), call ‘Al Nakba’ meaning ‘The Catastrophe’.  The day in 1948 when Israelis declared independence before systematically and brutally removing indigenous people from their ancestral land, over 500 towns and villages depopulated, left in ruins or wiped off the map, beginning what we know as today, sixty-six years later, as ‘The Israeli-Palestine Conflict’.