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Unlike the ‘Christian’ ‘Peacemakers’ who don’t have the guts to try and protect their fellow Christians in Gaza, but stay safely in the West Bank, producing a steady drip of venom about the Israelis whose presence protects them, here are some real Christian peacemakers.
Displaying far more courage, as well as the sort of charity Christians are supposed to practise, a group of Christian volunteers are making themselves useful in Sderot.
Five Christian volunteers braved the heat and threat of Qassam rockets last week to help renovate an activities center for grandmothers in Sderot.
Apparently they do it without being nasty about anyone – not even the terrorists who are firing missiles in their direction.
Trystan Tregenza, 26, from Penzance, Cornwall, said, “It was a great insight into Sderot, my first visit to the town. There was loads of stuff we could have done, but we wanted to do some manual labor. It was nice to do something for the elderly.”
What’s unique about these Christian volunteers is that they already volunteer here in Israel at Bridges for Peace (BFP), a Christian organization dedicated to building relationships and understanding between Christians and Jews.
It’s about “building relationships and understanding” between groups of people, not about using pretended concern about justice as a mask for the injustice of anti-semitism. It’s positive and constructive, as well as quietly courageous – so called ‘Christian peacemakers’ take note.
The lessons of Gaza are powerful, but we close our eyes and talk as if nothing really important happened. We are so used to Arabs killing one another we close our eyes to it -again.
Palestinian journalist Abdelbari Atwan, writing in the London-based Al Quds International, "I never thought the day would come when we would see Palestinians throwing other Palestinians from the tops of buildings to their death, Palestinians attacking other Palestinians to tear their bodies with knives, Palestinians stripping others naked to drag them through the streets."
The wanton murders in Gaza especially, and Muslims by Muslims elsewhere, should open the eyes of even the most anti-Israeli, that Israel and the world are dealing with people who like killing.
When the Israelis say again and again for over sixty years that the Palestinians and Arabs want to “throw us to the sea”, and Iran wants to nuke us to eternity, most people ignore it. “OH” they say, it is over dramatic.
No it is not!
This is their goal! And was always their goal. And they are proceeding daily in that direction. It does not matter if it is Hamas or Fatah. Both wants the destruction of Israel, the main difference is that Hamas is more aggressive and willing to say it and demonstrate it openly .
And we are asleep, talking about a two state solutions. (See notes at end by General Moshe Ya'alon). Many Arabs want to murder any infidel they can. That means any one not a Muslim!
Some say it is a small minority of fanatics, it is not. It is wide spread. The murderers get wide, real support all the time. It can not be done in a vacuum. Watch the cheering Palestinians crowds in Gaza. Read about the hundred of millions donated to extremists.
The murder for murder sake is an ingrained, deeply rooted Arab mentality. It is in their culture. They do it again and again against one another and we say, it is not true, most of them are nice, quiet, peace loving people. It is not only Hamas that does it. Hamas was shooting injured in their hospital beds. Hamas was killing their Fatah prisoners for the fun of it. Read again, open your eyes, for the fun of it. They were Fatah prisoners, already captured, weapon-less. (I saw a video of actual execution of tied Fatah prisoners, it was awful. I debated but decided not send you a link to it.)
Remember, Palestinians were playing football with heads of dead Israeli soldiers when I was in Israel in 04. It was shown on Palestinians TV. Israeli have seen it, they were shocked but did not show it on TV again and again so that the world will grasp it. It was not proper to do it to the dead soldiers –Israelis said. That was a serious mistake- I believe. To save future lives you need to deal with reality and expose the madmen!
Not only that, Palestinian civilian youth were cheering the killing then. And cheering the dropping of Arab prisoners, so called their brothers, from a high rise building - now.
Many in the West are unable and unwilling to open their eyes and admit, these are not the kind of people you can sign agreements with, sign peace treaties with, since the minute they have the opportunity they will murder any one in their way and throw their body through the window, as they have been doing in Gaza.
I know we do not want to read about it, our media hides Arab atrocities, we do not want to see it. We do not know how to deal with their violent culture. If we accept that many Arabs are so fanatic than what? Our dreams of peaceful coexistence goes down the drain. Instead we hide behind our national borders and say, it has nothing to do with us. But it does.
The liberals in Europe and the US remain steadfast in their blindness, they say: If the Israelis just did that or that, we will have peace. The liberals believe that the Palestinians want their own land to live a quiet life underneath their fig laden trees.
But that is not the case. We must wake up, deal with the reality that millions of Arabs wish the US disappear, not only Israel. We the US, is the Big Satan to them- the most important enemy to destroy.
READ BELOW WHAT THE FORMER ISRAELI CHIEF OF STAFF JUST SAID:
Ya'alon: Land for Peace Concept Failed - Etgar Lefkovits
The concept of land for peace is a proven failure in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and any future withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank will create a "Hamastan" there too, former Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya'alon said at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He said faulty conceptions included the notions that the Palestinians wanted - or were able - to establish an independent state on the 1967 borders, that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the creation of two states on the 1967 borders, that land for peace should be the basis for any peace agreement, that peace would bring security, and that the key to stability in the Middle East was the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ya'alon argued that the violent Palestinian rejection of the peace offer put forward to them at Camp David seven years ago, which would have awarded them with a Palestinian state on upwards of 95 percent of the West Bank, and the refusal of both Hamas and the more moderate Fatah to recognize the existence of a Jewish state, negated the very essence of Israeli and international policymaking. He said Israel must treat Hamas-run Gaza as an "enemy entity," and should "disengage" from being the provider of its water, electricity, and goods. At the same time, Israel should give the Fatah-run PA in the West Bank a chance to establish autonomy, while Israel would be in charge of security. (Jerusalem Post)
In spite of the Patriarch of Jerusalem’s claims that if only the 'occupation' would end, then peace will break out, the Christians of Gaza find that it is not the Palestinian heaven he promised. The Jews, blamed for all Arab ills, have obligingly left, but the angels who were supposed to run this heaven have immediately set about killing each other.
They are also attacking the tiny Christian community.
Broken crucifixes and shards from a Jesus statue have been swept up, but Gaza's tiny Christian community says the violent warning sent by Islamic militants cannot be erased.
The ransacking of Gaza's Catholic convent and an adjacent Rosary Sisters school during Hamas' sweep to power this month broke more than wood and plaster: it signaled the end of a relatively peaceful, even if sometimes uneasy relationship between Gaza's 1.4 million Muslims and 3,000 Christians.
Are there any signs of support from Christian leaders who are normally quick to condemn Israel for defending herself from attacks by (Muslim) Palestinian terrorists? Very little.
Archbishop Kelly of Liverpool has sent a letter of support to the Christian community in Gaza but there are no public statements of condemnation or concern, and only small interest in the Catholic press.
Caritas, in spite of the fact that Palestinian violence forced it to close its hospital in Gaza, never criticizes those responsible but cannot resist trying to give the impression that the Israelis are somehow responsible.
Caritas Jerusalem is continuing its humanitarian work under a very tense situation taking place in Gaza at the present time.
Yesterday, clashes were taking place in the central Eastern district of Shejayea and ten Palestinians have been killed with several score injured in military confrontations with the Israeli army. In response, Caritas is working to respond to the urgent need for emergency medical care in the affected region
And where are the ‘Christian’ ‘Peacemakers’? Not in Gaza, where they are needed. No, they are safe and sound in the West Bank, thanks to the protective presence of Israelis. There they can indulge in their favourite hobby of Jew-bashing.
Here is one Sarah Scruggs, so indulging herself in: Holy Land reflection: a historic day not sexy enough for the press.
I know it’s difficult to break the habit, Sarah – after all, it gives you so much pleasure – but you really must try. Christians are supposed to love their neighbours, not incite against them.
But Sarah finds it sexy to whine about Israelis and disapproves of criticism of Palestinian violence.
As the world follows the sensationalized stories of violence and division between Hamas and Fatah, Palestinians in this rural part of the West Bank are uniting to non-violently exert their right to live and work on their lands.
This may not be sexy enough for the press to cover, but I believe it is the stuff people and governments around the world need to hear.
How about moving to Gaza, Sarah, and protecting your fellow Christians? Or is that not sexy enough for you?