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Opinion Editorials, March 2010
Easter Appeal to Ms. Cheri DiNovo,
Ontario MPP and United Church Minister
By Hanna Kawas
Al-Jazeerah & ccun.org, March 15, 2010
It was painful to hear these words from a NDP legislator and especially
after we knew you are also a United Church Minister.
”The recognition by the emergent State of Palestine of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state within safe and secure borders.”
This was then followed by a contradictory clause about “equal citizenship
rights, protections, privileges and responsibilities for all”, rendered
meaningless however by the earlier section.
This United Church resolution and then your support for the legislative resolution that intended to silence students on university campuses, who want to explain and raise awareness about the injustices the Palestinian people are facing, are a betrayal of the Palestinians and especially the Christian Palestinians.
We are aware of the bullying role of the Zionist leadership, who forced
themselves on the United Church conference at times uninvited. However, we
believe that succumbing to such pressure is unethical and unprincipled and
does not provide any spiritual or community leadership. Consequently,
Zionist officials have openly bragged about their role in influencing church
I challenge you along with your fellow United Church members to do something in solidarity with your Christian brothers and sisters.
Many Palestinian Christians feel incredibly frustrated and betrayed by Canada’s mainstream churches. Many Western Christians will state they are trying to address the church’s history of racism and abuse against Jewish people. But this motivation cannot be used as a convenient smokescreen, which it often is, to participate in the oppression of yet another people, in this case the Palestinians. The guilt of western Christians must not be another burden for the struggling Palestinians to have to bear.
I urge everyone to act now to concretely support the Palestinians, in ways the Palestinians say are important, and to show courage and leadership on this issue. Please do not repeat the mistakes made by Western churches in the horrific oppression of our indigenous sisters and brothers in Canada. This time there is no chance to say you did not comprehend the magnitude of what was unfolding.
History will not be kind - Justice delayed is justice denied!
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