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Lutherans: We’ll huff and we’ll puff and we’ll blow the wall down
The Lutherans are the latest of the Protestant Churches to send a lot of hot air in the direction of the Israeli ‘wall’ in the hope that it will fall over.
The overseeing council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has reiterated its call for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and has affirmed the implementation of a roadmap for peace as crucial to establishing a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, with a shared city of Jerusalem.
A shared city of Jerusalem? Of course, that ‘wall’ is the source of all evil, and until it is demolished, there can be no peace, joy, love, happiness, caring, sharing – especially of Jerusalem.
In a public statement adopted yesterday at the end of its week-long meeting in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the LWF council said that many of its members had encountered “the [Israeli] separation wall and found shocking its impact on the daily lives of Palestinians.”
There is the usual list of whinges about how the ‘wall’ forces children to get more exercise by taking a little longer to walk to school, how it prevents some Christian Arabs from getting to church services, and other inconveniences. There is no reference to the reason for the defence barrier, or the need for Palestinians to give up terrorism. Lives of Israelis are evidently of less importance to Lutherans than minor inconveniences suffered by Palestinians.
Referring to the opening worship sermon by ELCJHL Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, the Lutheran World Federation council members said: “Healing must begin with truth-telling and with breaking the silence that hides the suffering of those who are vulnerable and violated.”
They then fail to tell the truth and break the self-imposed silence about Muslim persecution of Christian Arabs, driving them away, and pretend that the dwindling numbers is the fault of “increasing constraints on Palestinians” – in other words, the Jews, daring to try and defend themselves.