Christ at the Israeli
Checkpoint and Up Against the Apartheid Wall
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 12, 2012
"When I come here and see the situation here, I find that what is
happening here is ten times worse than what I had experienced in
South Africa. This is Apartheid."-
Arun Gandhi, after his 2004 visit to The Holy Land.
This week in Bethlehem, the second
international Christ at the Checkpoint Conference concluded with a
“major breakthrough in the evangelical world” and was attended by
over 600 Evangelical Palestinian Christians, Christian Zionists, and
They came together with
“Hope in the Midst of Conflict” under the banner “Christ at the
Checkpoint,” to seek understanding between Jews and Christians and
reflect on 'what would Jesus do’ about the Israeli occupation of
Palestine and concluded with:
The Christ at the
Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic
role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine
Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the
Church in the land of the Holy One, has born witness to Christ
since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to
be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the
midst of conflict.
exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not
in line with the teaching of Scripture.
forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.
Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity to
self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian
territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no
longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equity and
rights of Israel and Palestinian communities.
Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the
challenge of the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must
be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the
occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the
delegitimization of the State of Israel.
Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers
must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of
theology, the Gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take
Christians must understand the global context for the rise of
extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms
that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.
Also this week, peace and justice
activists in Johannesburg concluded a week of programs highlighting
the similarities between the Apartheid regime in South Africa and
that of Israel.
Apartheid Week is a global annual international series of events
held in cities and campuses with the goal to educate people about
Israeli Apartheid and because ‘it’s always about the money’ to build
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns.
year, Israeli Apartheid Week took place in more than 40 cities
across the globe and the good news is that over 100 participated
came to South African Apartheid, the US was one of the last to get
on-board and only did so when President Ronald Reagan was forced to
sign a Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act “because the
citizens’movements in the United States had so effectively turned
around United States politics that the Republican senators were
telling him that it was in the interest of the Republican Party to
in D.C. thousands of US Christians united with Jewish AIPAC
supporters who converged on the Capitolto lobby
Congress in support of the state of Israel and push America into war
The Christians who attended the “Christ at
the Checkpoint” conference sought to answer, “How should Christ
followers respond to this political, multi-faceted conflict?”
They desired “to promote awareness, a
message of unity, and contribute to peace and justice for all of the
world's inhabitants. [With] hope to be challenged and to challenge
the global church on its moral, ethical, and prophetic
In 1948 there were 29,000 Palestinian
Christians living in the land many call Holy but because of The
Christian Exodus, they number less than 10,000 today; not because of
Judaism or Islam, but because of a brutal and illegal military
occupation that denies their human rights and prevents them from
reaching their jobs, land, holy sites and families which have been
separated by Israel’s wall.
"Financed with U.S. aid at
a cost of $1.5 million per mile, the Israeli wall prevents residents
from receiving health care and emergency medical services. In other
areas, the barrier separates farmers from their olive groves which
have been their families' sole livelihood for generations." [Washington
Report on Middle East Affairs, Page 43, Jan/Feb. 2007]
During the conference, the
Mayor of Bethlehem, Victor Batarseh, spoke about the Apartheid Wall
and other “walls in this world – walls of religion, race, gender...
we want to break down all the seen and unseen walls in the world.
[he thanked the delegates for] breaking down the wall – not
physically, but psychologically [and continued] we live in a big
prison in this city but as Muslims and Christians we always have
hope”and he concluded by saying that “with your help we can achieve
The first time
I met Mayer Batarseh was when he traveled to Florida in 2005, to
meet with Mayor Buddy Dyer, with the hope to re-ignite The Twinning
Agreement that was signed in May 2001 by the then Mayors of
Bethlehem and Orlando.
The Twinning Agreement is a
sister-pact that affirmed Orlando and Bethlehem would encourage
tourism to the other and promote a global community. I followed up
on Mayor Batarseh’s visit with my own visit to Mayor Buddy Dyer’s
office one week after the Mayors had met.
I informed the Orlando
Mayor’s public relations representative about an opportunity to help
the city of Bethlehem and was seeking the Mayors support in getting
the word out about two events that were already scheduled and my
involvement with Palestinian Children’s Welfare Fund, who imported
goods crafted by the artisans in Bethlehem that volunteers sold
throughout the world. We returned 100% of all proceeds back to the
crafts people and any remaining went to help support the children
who endure in the refugee camps of the Holy Land.
Dyer did not even have the common courtesy to respond to any of my
three follow up emails and multiple phone calls.
I also informed The
Orlando Sentinel about the opportunity for the Central Florida
community to do something to make true the words of the Twinning
Agreement without traveling all the way to the Little Town of
Bethlehem in occupied territory.
I got nowhere, but I keep writing
about it because the proverb is; 'if you want to change the world:
In 2006, while I was in
Bethlehem I again met Mayor Batarseh and he told me:
“When the occupation is
ended there will be peace. If the world boycotted Israel for six
months they would comply with the UN Resolutions which is all we
want! There is state terrorism and Israel must be forced to
recognize our right to exist. For the past ten years Hamas has
worked with and helped the poorest of people, they have built
schools and orphanages. The PA took the money but Hamas was
providing the social services!
“Israel is a state built on
religious beliefs. The US and EU and all the free world are against
theocracies. But Israel has the right to do anything! The world
needs to WAKE UP! If there is no peace in the Holy Land there can be
no peace anywhere. End the occupation and there will be peace the
very next day. All the terrorism in the world can be traced back to
the Palestinian situation. All the money spent on weapons and war
could eliminate world poverty.” 
There can be no peace without justice and
there is no justice without accepting the truth.
There is more than enough blame to be
shared by all but playing that game- as well as living in the past-
has got no soul!
For this American struggling Christian
Anarchist and candidate for US HOUSE of Representatives, who seeks
to change US foreign policy and challenge all Christians, I propose
believers and unbelievers would do well to consider just WHO their
The gospel [which means
good news] that Jesus preached, was very political and a direct
challenge to the politically powerful, arrogant, self-satisfied and
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
Jesus was never a Christian, for that term
was not even coined until the third decade after his crucifixion.
Jesus was born, lived and died a devout
Jewish nonviolent Palestinian whose last message to his community
was “Put down the sword!”
latter days of Nero's reign [54-68 A.S.] through the domination of
Domitian [ 81-96] Christians were persecuted for following the
nonviolent, loving and forgiving Jesus.
That Jesus was first left
behind when Augustine penned The Just War Theory.
was the first Church Father to consider the concept of a Just War
and within 100 years after Constantine, the Empire required that all
soldiers in the army must be baptized Christians and thus, the
decline of Christianity began.
With the justification of war
and violence supplied by Augustine’s Just War Theory, wrong became
right. Nothing much has changed in two millennial, for in today’s
Orwellian world politicians claim the way to peace is through war
and that nuclear weapons provide protection.
The first mention of Israel
in the Bible is in Genesis 32, when Jacob wrestled, struggled and
then clung to the Divine Being and was then renamed Israel. I
contend that ANYONE who does the same is that Biblical Israel too!
In 2006, Israel’s Nuclear
Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu, issued this invitation to Hillary
Clinton and all US Christians:
I am Eileen Fleming for US
HOUSE of Representatives 2012 and I approve of this-and all of my
March 11, 2012: 60 MINUTES, Mossad,
AEROSMITH and Stupid is as Stupid Does
Minutes", featured a Lesley Stahl interview with Meir Dagan, who
admitted that bombing Iran now is "the stupidest idea" he'd ever
other ‘stupid ideas’ this little muckraker would have asked the
former Mossad chief and "60
Minutes" to address follow; because ‘stupid is as stupid does’
and failures of intelligence are always rooted in failures of
And regarding what the
Whistler Blower of Israel's WMD Program informed me of on March 26,
“Many journalists come here to the American Colony,
from CNN and NY Times. They all want to cover my story, but their
EDITORS say no.
“CNN wants to interview me; but they say they
can't do it because they don't want problems with the Israeli
censor. BBC is doing the same thing.
"Sixty Minutes from the
United States from the beginning they wanted to do a program, but
because of the censor situation they decide not to do it. Also big
media from Germany, France, Italy, Japan. None of them wants
problems with the Israelis."
What followed that conversation
was the taping of “30 MINUTES WITH VANUNU”
copy of that interview was mailed to “60 MINUTES” in 2006 but as of
this writing no response has yet been received.
MORE about that at
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When I last saw Vanunu in June 2009, he told me, “The Central
Commander of the General Army testified in court that it is OK if I
speak in public as long as I do not talk about nuclear weapons.”
on July 6, 2009, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish continued to
deny Vanunu the right to leave Israel, claiming his "case is still
generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The
media's attention he gets is proof of that."
that were true Vanunu would now be free and Insha’Allah [God
willing] America would also hold Israel to the same standards it
demands of Iran:
all nuclear facilities to IAEA inspections and establish a Nuclear
Free Middle East.
A Little Important History:
Shimon Peres was Israel's Deputy Minister of Defense when he met
with President John F. Kennedy at the White House.
told Peres, "You know that we follow very closely the discovery of
any nuclear development in the region. This could create a very
dangerous situation. For this reason we monitor your nuclear effort.
What could you tell me about this?"
Peres replied, "I can
tell you most clearly that we will not introduce nuclear weapons to
the region, and certainly we will not be the first."
September of 1986, Peres was convulsing over Mordechai Vanunu, who
had been employed as a lowly tech in Peres’ progeny; Israel’s
clandestine underground nuclear weapons center in the Negev called
Peres ordered the Mossad, to "Bring the son of a
bitch back here."
kidnapping included a clubbing, drugging and being flung upon an
Israeli cargo boat and shipped back to Israel for a closed-door
years in prison, nearly 8 more under 24/7 surveillance by Mossad on
top of 78 days back in solitary confinement in 2010 because he spoke
to foreigners [who happened to be
media] in 2004; I ask, how stupid can stupid be to continue
to deny Vanunu the right to fade into the world instead of
continuing to make headlines in light of what Vanunu wrote in 2009:
“THE ISRAEL STUPID SPIES WILL NOT
GET ANY THING FROM HERE.”
And so, I
wonder how stupid can stupid be in light of what Israeli media also
reported in 2004:
"This is the secret that hasn't yet
been told in the affair: the story of the security fiasco that made
it possible for Vanunu to do what he did, and the story of the
subsequent attempts at cover-up, whitewashing and protection of
senior figures in the defense establishment, who were bent on
divesting themselves of responsibility for the failure. The 18-year
prison term to which Vanunu was sentenced is almost exactly the same
period as that in which Yehiel Horev has served as chief of internal
security in the defense establishment [who has been] involved in the
affair as deputy chief of security at the Defense Ministry, and also
after Vanunu's abduction and arrest, as a member of an investigative
"Shortly after taking office as chief of
security at the Defense Ministry, Horev began to take punitive
measures to hobble Vanunu. He is responsible for the harsh
conditions in which Vanunu was held, which included years in
solitary confinement, and the sharp limitations on the number of
visitors he could have…[and has fought] a rearguard battle to
prevent Vanunu from leaving Israel and to place him under
supervision and restrictions that will be tantamount to house
“Horev has always been considered the strictest of
all the security chiefs in Israel, especially in regard to the
protection of institutions such as the Dimona facility and the
Biological Institute. He is apprehensive that if Vanunu goes abroad,
he will continue to be a nuisance by stimulating the public debate
over Israel's nuclear policy and the nuclear weapons he says Israel
possesses…all the hyperactivity being displayed by Horev and those
who support his approach is intended only to divert attention from
what has not yet been revealed: the security blunders and their
cover-ups."-Yossi Melman, for
"Everybody understands that Vanunu has no more secrets. What can a
technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has
advanced with giant steps?
gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really
afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership
with the United States in the development of Israel's nuclear
worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State
Department for 'arms control', Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come
to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause
severe damage to the mighty super-power.
Americans, it seems, are very worried. The Israeli security services
have to dance to their tune. The world must be prevented by all
available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness,
that the Americans are full partners in Israel's nuclear arms
program, while pretending to be the world's sheriff for the
prevention of nuclear proliferation."-
Uri Avnery, April 24, 2004.
stupid can stupid be, not to imagine a little one such as me- who
happened to be writing my first historical novel in 2005 and
researching in Israel Palestine- when I met Vanunu for the first
time, would as a matter of
CONSCIENCE become a reporter because Vanunu told me:
"President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic
weapons. Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection.
"When Johnson became president, he
made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every
year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would
build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From
1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall
that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.
the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result,
Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred
bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year."
And I wonder how stupid can a
Government, SECURITY Establishment and a Supreme Court be in light
of what Vanunu wrote on November 24, 2006:
“My lawyer succeeded to reveal a few very
important facts: This General of the Army was not allowed to see all
the secrets that he is required to protect by these restrictions
that they claim I know them. So, he gave orders of restrictions
without knowing what he is protecting or that he is also following
orders blindly, and Mossad Sheen Bet using its authority for just
"He testified that it is not a crime for
me to talk with foreigners in general anywhere. He testified that I
can speak freely to any Israeli citizens about anything; it is not
his concern what I am saying to them. These Israelis can give this
information to any foreigners. It was difficult for the Judge to
understand why this dichotomy exits between foreigners and Israelis.
It means that it is not about secrecy but about something else."
something else is of utmost
import for all who believe freedom of conscience and speech is a
right that no government or any corporate interest has any ‘right’
to impinge upon and was revealed on February 22, 2006, during Vanunu’s court
appearance as he wrote:
"Microsoft obeyed the orders and gave them all the details…three
months before I was arrested and my computers were confiscated. It
is strange to ask Microsoft to give this information before
obtaining the court order to listen to my private conversations. It
means they wanted to go through my emails in secret, or maybe, with
the help of the secret services, the Shaback, Mossad.
State came to the court with two special secret Government orders;
Hisaion [documents or information that are deemed confidential by
the government and kept from the court, the defendant, and lawyers.]
This allows the prosecution to keep documents related to my court
hearing secret. One was from the Minister for Interior Security and
one from the Minister of Defense.
policeman did not have any answers and said that he brought all the
evidence to the court. When Sfard asked him again about any material
related to the espionage [charge] Peterburg had no answers.
"Sfard proved that the police had misled the
judges who gave the orders to arrest me: to search my room, to go
through my email, to confiscate my computers and [that they] misled
Microsoft to believe they are helping in a case of espionage."
And how stupid can stupid be in light of
what Vanunu wrote on May 5, 2011 to:
Revoking my Israeli Citizenship
Mordechai Vanunu that was kidnapped from Rome on September 30, 1986
by The Israeli Secret Services.
tried by The Jerusalem District Court and convicted of Aggravated
Espionage, High Treason and Assisting the Enemy and I was sentenced
to 18 years imprisonment. This followed an interview I gave to The
London Sunday Times regarding the secret production of nuclear
weapons materials in Israel.
fulfilled the democratic principal of the right of the public to
served 18 years in Ashkelon Prison, mostly in solitary confinement.
released on 21 April 2004 with severe restrictions imposed by the
years past and the restrictions had been renewed again and again
relying on The Emergency Laws from 1945.
release I have lived 6 years in East Jerusalem and since September
2010 I live in Tel Aviv.
1986 I was baptized to the Anglican Church.
(28.3.2011), the Knesset passed a new law that revokes the
citizenship of anyone who was convicted of espionage or treason.
I am demanding and waiting to have my full freedom restored.
should be applied to my case and I am willing for my citizenship to
be revoked and canceled.
writing to you today asking the state of Israel to cancel my
desire is not new and is not recent, but now it is supported by the
new law to revoke citizenship .
asking and expecting the enforcement of this law to its letter and
revoke my Israeli citizenship.
applies to me and I am ready for my citizenship to be canceled.
have another citizenship but I would be able to get one easily
during my forced stay here and for sure at the moment that I am
allowed to leave.
case I here declare that my wish was and still is to cancel/revoke,
in fact, my Israeli citizenship.
the 'treatment' that I have received from the State of Israel and
its citizens, I do not feel, here, as a citizen or how a citizen
should feel, I feel as an unwellcome citizen and treated as such by
the state of Israel and its citizens.
called and shouted at as a spy, 'The Atom Spy', and a traitor by the
Israeli media and in the streets of Israel.
harassed and persecuted as the enemy of the state for 25 years.
I feel I
am still imprisoned, still held as a hostage, by the state and its
years of ongoing, many and very hard punishments by the State of
Israel, I wish the end to all punishments and my suffering, and wish
the realization of the basic human right of freedom.
like to exercise my right to freedom of conscience, my right to
choose not to be a citizen of Israel.
I have no
interest in Israeli citizenship; I do not want to live here. I ask
you to cancel/revoke my citizenship here and now. I ask you to let
me be free from Israel as our dislike is mutual.
I HAVE NO
EVERYTHING I KNEW THAN, I HAVE PASSED ON TO THE ENGLISH PAPER IN
TIME TO ALLOW ME TO LEAVE ISRAEL AFTER A QUARTER CENTURY OF
Prime M, Netanyho.
And how stupid stupid can be when on
November 29, 2011, Vanunu also wrote:
"Now the judge decided they
will hear the case when? The clerics will tell as very soon. I saw
what they wrote, they wrote very short, repeating again and again
that this law is new and my case is 20 years ago, so it can not be
use for my case.
"I spoke with Feldman my lawyer, I told him
it does not matter this Law, I am asking them to revoke my
citizenship, with this law or without this Law, as I asked them in
"At that time they answer I need to have other
different citizenship. But with this new law they can take any
citizen his citizenship even if he don't have other citizenship. So
it will take more months until the court will decide."
Vanunu’s next historic trial is scheduled for
July 2012, but how stupid can stupid be to not allow Vanunu the
right to fade away into the world, instead of continuing to make
But because if I can't laugh and "if I can't dance
it's not my revolution" [Emma Goldman] I am most grateful to "60
MINUTES" for ending their show with Dagan with an interview with
AEROSMITH, because I last danced along with those bad boys from
Boston while in
Alabama in July 2009, and wrote:
I am Eileen Fleming of
US HOUSE of Representatives and I approve of this and all of my
messages and as I was born and bred in New York City and I am NOT
getting off the Nuclear Train until the time's a'change and bring in
a FREE VANUNU and establish a NUCLEAR FREE MIDDLE EAST; here's
hoping "60 MINUTES" will want to learn more about that at the
Facebook Call for Public Action for Vanunu's FREEDOM 21 April 2012