Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Resurrect This and Know That
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, April 5, 2010
Taybeh is the last
remaining self sufficient Christian Village in the West Bank, and they
produce olive oil and beer. Life long resident, Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.
wrote regarding holy week that, “Especially since September 2000 there has
been no change on the ground from the awful (Israeli) military occupation
that strips people from their very basic human rights. And at the same time
seeing all our hope in Christ who offers eternal life, we remember the most
important words of all, ‘Forgive them, for they do not know what they are
doing’ (Luke 23:34).
“Thus on this most holy day, we must forgive
that we live behind the huge Apartheid Wall that keeps us as prisoners in an
open space…forgive 600 military checkpoints all around us…all the natural
resources, the roads, the seaport, the airport are all controlled by the
Zionist State of Israel…seven million dollars each day of American taxpayers
money is spent in the name of security for Israel…more than 24,000
Palestinian houses have been demolished…one million trees have been
destroyed…Israel ignores more than 65 UN Resolutions” and wiped from the map
531 Palestinian villages since 1948.
I am a Christian who became an
Anarchist during my first of 7 trips to Israel Palestine in June 2005.
Anarchy is best understood as Rebellion against UNJUST laws. The Yang/male
force of anarchy resists authority and causes disorder and is socially and
politically incorrect by the norms of the status quo for it seeks the higher
ground of justice. The Yin/feminine force of anarchy births a new order out
of the chaos and chaos is creativity in action.
means good news, that Jesus preached, was very political and a direct
challenge to the politically powerful and the arrogant, self-satisfied,
self-righteous teachers of the law.
Two thousand years ago the Cross
had NO symbolic religious meaning and was not a piece of jewelry.
When Jesus said: "Pick up your cross and follow me," everyone back then
understood he was issuing a POLITICAL statement, for the main roads in
Jerusalem were lined with crucified agitators, rebels, dissidents and any
others who disturbed the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces.
Jesus was never a Christian. The term 'Christian' was not even coined until
the days of Paul, about 3 decades after Jesus walked the earth as a man.
Jesus was born lived and died a nonviolent Palestinian devout Jew and
he was also a social justice, radical revolutionary road warrior who rose up
and challenged the job security of the Temple hierarchy by teaching the
people they did NOT need to pay the priests for ritual baths or sacrificing
livestock to be OK with God; for God already LOVED them just as they were:
sinners, poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners
all living under a brutal Military Occupation. What got Jesus crucified was
disturbing the status quo of the Empire by teaching the subversive concept
that God preferred the humble sinner, the poor, diseased, outcasts, widows,
orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under a Occupation above the
elite and arrogant.
When Jesus said you must be born again, he was
talking about a TRANSFORMATION of heart and mind to see the Divine in
oneself, all others, all of creation and every situation.
The early followers and lovers of Jesus were called members of THE
WAY-being THE WAY he taught one should be; Nonviolent and one who did the
will of the Father. "What does God require? He has told you o'man! Be just,
be merciful, and walk humbly with your Lord." -Micah 6:8
usually agree that God is LOVE, and as Dorothy Day, 20th century Christian
Anarchist said: "Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not
the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing......Our manifesto is
the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers."
Jesus challenged those who ignored and those who tried
to suppress the truth. He promised that the peacemakers are the children of
God and the truth will set you free.
Maria Khoury is one voice from
Palestine “appealing to all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ to please
express their solidarity by endorsing the Kairos Palestine Document.”
Palestinian Christian leaders issued the Kairos Palestine Document calling
on Christians around the world “to say a word of truth and to take a
position of truth with regard to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.”
The Kairos Palestine Document “is the Christian Palestinians’ word
to the world about what is happening in Palestine…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. In this
historic document, we Palestinian Christians declare that the military
occupation of our land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any
theology that legitimizes the occupation is far from Christian teachings
because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with
the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples.
document did not come about spontaneously, and it is not the result of a
coincidence. It is not a theoretical theological study or a policy paper,
but is rather a document of faith and work. Its importance stems from the
sincere expression of the concerns of the people and their view of this
moment in history we are living through. It seeks to be prophetic in
addressing things as they are without equivocation and with boldness, in
addition it puts forward ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land
and all forms of discrimination as the solution that will lead to a just and
lasting peace. The document also demands that all peoples, political leaders
and decision-makers put pressure on Israel and take legal measures in order
to oblige its government to put an end to its oppression and disregard for
the international law. The document also holds a clear position that
non-violent resistance to this injustice is a right and duty for all
Palestinians including Christians…We are grateful to our friends for their
solidarity with us.” 
Please read more and thank you for signing:
Only in Solidarity do "we have
it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine
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