Presentation on theme: "‘Unholy happenings in the Holy Land.’"— Presentation transcript:
1 ‘Unholy happenings in the Holy Land.’ The plight of the world’s oldest Christian community…1948 : 10 – 20 %[ State of Israel created ]Today : 1.2 %
2 Under British Mandate from 1920’s, Palestine’srecent story:FromAllies defeatOttoman Empire in1917 [World War 1];Under British Mandate from 1920’s,Palestine progresses towards self-govt., until……
3 World War 2 & the HOLOCAUST… 1948 – U.N. General Assembly’s Resolution 181…Recommends : partition of Palestine & creation of the State of Israel.For Palestinians : ‘Al Nakba’ – The Disaster‘We are sympathetic to the suffering of our Jewish brothers & sisters in the Holocaust. But -you don’t deal with one injustice by creating another injustice.’Rev. Alex Awad, Bethlehem 2013.U.n. resolution 194 :‘Return or compensation for displaced Palestinians’ !!
4 Palestinian land lost since State of Israel created [Al Nakba]….
5 1948: thousands killed; ¾ m. displaced. Dheish’eh refugee camp set up, Bethlehem –‘ 2-3 weeks of displacement’ ???
6 Today -15,000 ppl in the camp - 3rd generation Youth leader born in the camp. [NB. names of destroyed Palestinian villages]
7 Heads of Christian Churches, Jerusalem, 2001 : ‘Come, see, tell.’ In 2002,sets up
8 Palestine’s West Bank : E. A Palestine’s West Bank : E.A. Placements Training : ‘Forget logic as you know it.’ Green / Armistice line kms; cf. Separation Wall  kms. 60% of West Bank under Israeli military & civilian control.
9 EAPPI.’s Mission : Accompany - Advocate Lutheran Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan :“EAPPI continues to be a nonviolent and peaceful way to create a human chain promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Holy Land."~
11 West Bank- INJUSTICES from 50 yrs of Military Occupation… Separation Wall / fenceIDs, permits [ ]Restricted access – to employment, health care, education, worship, farm land, basic utilitiesDemolitions – homes, businessesLand lost to illegal Israeli settlements; military zones…Evictions= ‘ COLD violence ’ [ Teju Cole in ‘The Guardian’ ]:every aspect of daily life is uncertain.
12 * SEPARATION WALL surrounds Jerusalem - 85% built on Palestinian land What tourists are told about the Wall…
13 Women have given birth in this shed, kept waiting * Check Point duty – Qalandia: frustrated West Bank residents 4.30 a.m.Women have given birth inthis shed, kept waiting@ the ‘Humanitarian’ gate.‘This is our hell…’
14 Working for peace - ‘Machsom [Check Point ] Watch:’ Hana Barag asks: ‘What is the Occupation doing to Israel’s soul??’
15 Beautiful Old City of Jerusalem… 2 peoples, 3 faiths…
16 Israeli mili Israeli military controls Palestinians’ access to work & worshipin the Old City.Church of the Holy SepulchreAl Aqsa mosque compoundWailing Wall
17 Al Aqsa Mosque,& Dome ofthe Rock,focus ofMuslim worship.
18 Al Aqsa Mosque compound – for worship, study, recreation.
20 Friday prayers in Jerusalem streets, in protest…
21 Military disperses worshippers & journalists The next day : Nidal Aboudprays withhis friends…
22 Palestinian Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, marching outside Jerusalem’s Old City [Mt of Olives]with Christian visitors to the Holy Land; but…
23 Orthodox Good Friday, inside the Old City - .Orthodox Good Friday, inside the Old City -Entry permits restricted; soldiers & barricades along the Via Dolorosa.Holy Sepulchre churchMost Palestinian Christians have given up worshipping in Jerusalem.
24 Jewish worshippers @ the Western [ Wailing ] Wall.
25 What tourists are not shown… * Constantdemolitions eg. East JerusalemMayor Bassam, West Bank : [ re children throwing stones]‘You’ve occupied my land, you’ve taken my freedom, you’ve taken my home.What do you expect me to throw – candy?’
26 Widowed mother’s story… Silwan [Palestinian]– east of Old City:*excavations for ‘City of David’ tourist park….Widowed mother’s story…
27 …built around a Palestinian home; other homes undermined. Tal, Israeli tour guide:‘It feels as if we’re living in a parallel universe.’…built around a Palestinian home; other homes undermined.Tal, tour guide: ‘It feels as if we’re living in a parallel universe.’
28 ‘Rabbis for Human Rights’ support Palestinians. Rabbi YehielGrenimannRabbi Arik Ascherman :‘I pray that we will continueto uncompromisingly fightall that is wrong & unjust in Israel; while still being able to seeall that is good in our country & our people.’
29 ‘Kairos Palestine’ statement from Christians, 2009: ‘The Word of God is a sourceof LIFE, not death. It cannot bethe source of our destruction.’Palestinian Christians ask for‘The right to self-determinationin our own country….The Occupation is a sin againstGod & against humanity.’
30 ‘Mary weeps over Bethlehem.’ The priority: Living stonesor ancient stones??
31 What can we do. be informed, inform others. Boycott, Divest & Sanction What can we do? * be informed, inform others * Boycott, Divest & Sanction * Pray for the peace of jerusalem