Who would imagine that Israeli Jews could be so intimidated by the innocuous Christmas tree? Far from “swallowing up” the historic Palestinian city of Nazareth, “Upper Nazareth is a Jewish town and all its symbols are Jewish,” Shimon Gapso, the mayor of Upper Nazareth said. “As long as I hold office, no non-Jewish symbol will be presented in the city.”
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The illegal Israeli (read Jewish) 8 metre high apartheid barrier is designed not for security but the theft of 80% of Bethlehem’s land to build a ring of illegal Jewish settlements. Why is the world so silent?
According to Israeli human rights groups, there was a portentous increase in religious hate crimes directed towards historical Christian monasteries, churches and graveyards in 2012.
This Christmas, new Israeli Herods abetted by Western powers are driving Christians from their land and transforming native churches into Israeli tourist attractions and grand “archaeological sites” like the Pyramids, detached from their aboriginal traditions.
Christians in Palestine are not suffering persecution, because we are not considered to be a religious community, but rather the people of Palestine. We have the same rights and the same obligations.
Fr Manuel says, “peace is possible if justice is possible,” so get off your fat backsides and ACT to deliver JUSTICE.
Christian Friends of Israel support Israel bombing innocent civilians, demolishing homes and torturing children. All to serve the Lord and bless Israel.
US Christian leaders prick the Zionists’ pretty balloon. And the ADL Foxman goes ballistic and pull out of national Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogue.
Christian leaders in the United States question the continuation of unconditional US financial assistance to the government of Israel. Demand just and lasting peace.
Why would one Christian group snub another? How did these churchmen, far removed from the rotten reality, become experts on “security, dignity and peace” in the Palestinians’ struggle for freedom? Have they been there, rolled up their sleeves and immersed themselves in the snakepit that the Holy Land has been allowed to become? What makes them think they’ve found a way forward while Palestine remains under brutal occupation?
In the past Hamas has shown great respect for the Christian tradition of Christmas and, I hear, Hamas officials in Bethlehem used to dress up as Santa Claus to distribute gifts to Christian children. So the question remains: has Hamas really become such a Scrooge* as to torpedo Christmas with a tree ban?
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
As Israeli Jewish terrorist attacks on mosques in occupied Palestine are assuming a phenomenal frequency. Indeed, with the Israeli government and security establishment doing next to nothing to put an end to this wanton and unprovoked terror, a huge fire is being started in the region.
Stuart Littlewood questions the ethics of British politicians and church leaders who profess a commitment to Christian values but look the other way, actively support or are content to be identified with Israel while it commits crimes against the people of Palestine – Christians and Muslims.
The new-born Jesus then closes: “And peace be upon me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I am raised up alive.”
I doubt the Post will apologize for its knee-jerk attack against Muslims or ever change its ways to bring peace in the Holy Land despite its important to U.S. interests.
There were two stories last week that illustrate just how bad the situation has become in the wake of the virtual capitulation by President Barack Obama during Netanyahu’s triumphal May visit to Washington, the first time in recorded history that a small nation with less than eight million citizens has subjugated a much larger country with a population of more than 310 million.
Stuart Littlewood views Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’s failure to acknowledge the role played by Israel’s occupation in the haemorrhaging of Christian populations from the Holy Land and recalls previous occasions where the archbishop behaved as if he were “a closet Zionist like so many other so-called Christians”.
Pat Robertson once again spoke out against American Muslims, singling out the construction of mosques and the purported threat of creeping Sharia law. Robertson likened critics of Muslims to opponents of Nazis and rejected claims that his opposition to rights for Muslims is bigotry, asking, “I wonder what were people who opposed the Nazis, were they bigots?”
And so continues the illegal occupations of America and Palestine. No, America, you are not the land of the free, home of the brave. You are not the greatest nation on earth. You are not the superpower you proclaim. You are not the beacon of freedom, equality, and liberty to all. You are not the Promised Land. You are not the democracy of the First Amendment where there is Freedom of Speech, of the Press, of Religion, of freedom to petition and assemble. Your President is not the leader of the free world. You do not have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Thus, what will history record of whom and what you are?
Here is a new Christmas video for Palestine. Yet People Celebrate New Year 2011.
Archbishop Theodosius Hanna (Greek Orthodox Church), Monsignor Manuel Musallam (Latin Catholic) and Mr Constantine Dabbagh (Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches) are courageous human rights defenders and spiritual leaders from Palestine. They have just completed a tour of Ireland to raise awareness of the situation in their homeland under Israeli military occupation and the plight of the dwindling Christian community there.
So what sort of Christmas is in store for their little ones this year while the criminals who inflicted such savagery and torment, and continue to deny them their human rights, have their snouts in the Yuletide trough and enjoy a warm bed?
The UN says that imports are only at 36 per cent of pre-siege levels, thanks to Cameron’s friends, and exports are still not allowed (except a few strawberries), so the hardship must still be unimaginable.
Despite the fact that it was the seventh demolition since last July, this time the destruction of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib in the Israeli Negev was different. The demolition was different because this time Christian evangelists from the United States and England were involved. GOD-TV justifies this contribution by citing the book of Isaiah.
To their eternal shame, Western churchmen seem to care little about the plight of their brothers and sisters in the Holy Land or the fate of the holy places where Christianity was born.
There are, of course, honourable exceptions. One such is the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, whose church has provided the Gazans with a mobile dental unit. Whereupon Mr McIlwaine launched into the familiar anti-Gaza, anti-Hamas rant we’re used to hearing from the pro-Israel lobby.
These are the words that we wish all non-Muslims brothers and sister to hear and learn about Islam. First Community Church, Columbus, OH Preaching on Sunday, August 29, worship service with Rev Deborah C Lindsay: Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxMdhLBTxLE
Religion And Democracy Are Incompatible, This Is Why We Learn History By Gordon Duff* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “As more and more devout rural congregations across America were organized as political pressure groups, it didn’t take long for extremist doctrines to be imposed and for cheap, dirty politics to move onto the pulpit.” Where [...]
By David Rosen* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The building of a Muslim community center in an abandoned building two blocks from the site of New York’s former World Trade Center has become the latest controversy in America’s long fought religious wars. The construction of the center, often referred to as a mosque, has become [...]
By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A few weeks ago the Methodist Church’s annual conference did a very courageous and praiseworthy thing. It voted to boycott products from Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine, regarded as illegal under international law, and to encourage Methodists across Britain to do the same. “The decision is a [...]
By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “We categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation” – The Jerusalem Declaration Not all Jews are Zionists. Many reject the Zionist project and fight against it. So why on earth would a non-Jew wish to [...]
By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz There’s another twist in the recent adventures of the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. This Christian Top Cat visited Gaza in February – a year late, let it be said – but afterwards made no public statement about the wretched human conditions still prevailing there. He [...]
The Israeli embassy in Madrid is “hurt” and “offended!” How touching… It’s okay for Israelis to kill everyday, to spit on Christians and Muslims, to kidnap people and harvest their organs, to arrest and jail children, to use illegal weapons, to impose an illegal siege on a million and a half people in Gaza, to [...]
By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz My ears pricked up when I heard the Archbishop of Canterbury was planning a visit to Gaza last February, and Lambeth Palace (his headquarters in London) was “actively engaged in humanitarian relief and advocacy”. I asked for more information. Whom would he meet? Would he see the [...]
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By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Fr Manuel Musallam recently retired at the age of 71 after serving as the parish priest of the Holy Family Church in Gaza for 14 years. For most of that time the Israelis would not allow him to visit his family and friends in the West Bank. [...]
By Jay Janson* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Apparently, President Obama as so many U.S. presidents before him, has no fear of God as he holds the teaching of Jesus impractical, not worth implementing, and certainly not possible for him to follow as U.S. President. Obama stressed this as he preached the necessity of wars, [...]
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