A Moment of Truth With Christians In Palestine

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The Kairos Palestine Document. A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope Worldand love from the heart of Palestinian suffering. Download the English version as PDF . Download the German version as PDF. Download the French version as PDF. Download the Arabic version as PDF.

Here is a brief of the Kairos Palestine document, which was signed on Dec. 11 2009 in Bethlehem city by a group of Palestinian Christians representing a variety of churches, and whose full text was published at World Council of Churches  website.
This document was published nowhere in the western media, and there is little hope that the Catholic church, which presents itself as the defenders of all Christians in the Middle East, and other churches of Christian denomination, will take up this issue. If you are the member of a Christian church of any denomination, please disseminate this information as widely as possible. (click on the pictures to see them bigger).

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Introduction: we, a group of Palestinian Christians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God’s divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God’s love for all, the mystery of God’s divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.

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The Reality:

1.1.1 The separation wall erected on Palestinian territory, a large part of which has been confiscated for this purpose, has turned our towns and villages into prisons, separating them from one another, making them dispersed and divided cantons. Gaza, especially after the cruel war Israel launched against it during December 2008 and January 2009, continues to live in inhuman conditions, under permanent blockade and cut off from the other Palestinian territories.

1.1.2 Israeli settlements ravage our land in the name of God and in the name of force, controlling our natural resources, including water and agricultural land, thus depriving hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, and constituting an obstacle to any political solution.

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1.1.3 Reality is the daily humiliation to which we are subjected at the military checkpoints, as we make our way to jobs, schools or hospitals.

1.1.4 Reality is the separation between members of the same family, making family life impossible for thousands of Palestinians, especially where one of the spouses does not have an Israeli identity card.

.1.5 Religious liberty is severely restricted; the freedom of access to the holy places is denied under the pretext of security. Jerusalem and its holy places are out of bounds for many Christians and Muslims from the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Even Jerusalemites face restrictions during the religious feasts. Some of our Arab clergy are regularly barred from entering Jerusalem.

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1.1.6 Refugees are also part of our reality. Most of them are still living in camps under difficult circumstances. They have been waiting for their right of return, generation after generation. What will be their fate?

1.1.7 And the prisoners? The thousands of prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons are part of our reality. The Israelis move heaven and earth to gain the release of one prisoner, and those thousands of Palestinian prisoners, when will they have their freedom?

1.1.8 Jerusalem is the heart of our reality. It is, at the same time, symbol of peace and sign of conflict. While the separation wall divides Palestinian neighbourhoods, Jerusalem continues to be emptied of its Palestinian citizens, Christians and Muslims. Their identity cards are confiscated, which means the loss of their right to reside in Jerusalem. Their homes are demolished or expropriated. Jerusalem, city of reconciliation, has become a city of discrimination and exclusion, a source of struggle rather than peace.

1.2 Also part of this reality is the Israeli disregard of international law and international resolutions, as well as the paralysis of the Arab world and the international community in the face of this contempt. Human rights are violated and despite the various reports of local and international human rights’ organizations, the injustice continues.

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1.2.1 Palestinians within the State of Israel, who have also suffered a historical injustice, although they are citizens and have the rights and obligations of citizenship, still suffer from discriminatory policies. They too are waiting to enjoy full rights and equality like all other citizens in the state.

1.3 Emigration is another element in our reality. The absence of any vision or spark of hope for peace and freedom pushes young people, both Muslim and Christian, to emigrate. Thus the land is deprived of its most important and richest resource – educated youth. The shrinking number of Christians, particularly in Palestine, is one of the dangerous consequences, both of this conflict, and of the local and international paralysis and failure to find a comprehensive solution to the problem.

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1.4 In the face of this reality, Israel justifies its actions as self-defence, including occupation, collective punishment and all other forms of reprisals against the Palestinians. In our opinion, this vision is a reversal of reality. Yes, there is Palestinian resistance to the occupation. However, if there were no occupation, there would be no resistance, no fear and no insecurity. This is our understanding of the situation. Therefore, we call on the Israelis to end the occupation. Then they will see a new world in which there is no fear, no threat but rather security, justice and peace.

1.5 The Palestinian response to this reality was diverse. Some responded through negotiations: that was the official position of the Palestinian Authority, but it did not advance the peace process. Some political parties followed the way of armed resistance. Israel used this as a pretext to accuse the Palestinians of being terrorists and was able to distort the real nature of the conflict, presenting it as an Israeli war against terror, rather than an Israeli occupation faced by Palestinian legal resistance aiming at ending it.

1.5.1 The tragedy worsened with the internal conflict among Palestinians themselves, ryan 023and with the separation of Gaza from the rest of the Palestinian territory. It is noteworthy that, even though the division is among Palestinians themselves, the international community bears an important responsibility for it since it refused to deal positively with the will of the Palestinian people expressed in the outcome of democratic and legal elections in 2006.
Again, we repeat and proclaim that our Christian word in the midst of all this, in the midst of our catastrophe, is a word of faith, hope and love.

Our Land has a Universal Mission
We believe that our land has a universal mission. In this universality, the meaning of the promises, of the land, of the election, of the people of God open up to include all of humanity, starting from all the peoples of this land. In light of the teachings of the Holy Bible, the promise of the land has never been a political programme, but rather the prelude to complete universal salvation. It was the initiation of the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God on earth.

We also declare that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a sin against God and humanity because it deprives the Palestinians of their basic human rights, bestowed by God. It distorts the image of God in the Israeli who has become an occupier just as it distorts this image in the Palestinian living under occupation. We declare that any theology, seemingly based on the Bible or on faith or on history, that legitimizes the occupation, is far from Christian teachings, because it calls for violence and holy war in the name of God Almighty, subordinating God to temporary human interests, and distorting the divine image in the human beings living under both political and theological injustice.

Our word to the international community is to stop the principle of “double standards” and insist on the international resolutions 1260981546550666300regarding the Palestinian problem with regard to all parties. Selective application of international law threatens to leave us vulnerable to a law of the jungle. It legitimizes the claims by certain armed groups and states that the international community only understands the logic of force. Therefore, we call for a response to what the civil and religious institutions have proposed, as mentioned earlier: the beginning of a system of economic sanctions and boycott to be applied against Israel. We repeat once again that this is not revenge but rather a serious action in order to reach a just and definitive peace that will put an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories and will guarantee security and peace for all.

We pray God to inspire us all, particularly our leaders and policy-makers, to find the way of justice and equality, and to realize that it is the only way that leads to the genuine peace we are seeking.

His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah, His Grace Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Rev. Dr. Jamal Khader, Rev. Dr. Rafiq Khoury, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, Rev. Fadi Diab, Dr. Jiries Khoury, Ms. Cedar Duaybis, Ms. Nora Kort, Ms. Lucy Thaljieh, Mr. Nidal Abu El Zuluf, Mr. Rifat Kassis – Coordinator.

Organizations adopting the document up until 11 December 2009:
Near East Council of Churches – Gaza, YMCA, Laity Committee in the Holy Land YWCA, International Centre of Bethlehem, Department of Service to Palestine Refugees, Siraj Center, Arab Orthodox Charitable Society, Arab Orthodox Club Union-Jerusalem, Arab Orthodox Club-Beit Sahour, Arab Orthodox Club-Bethlehem, Arab Orthodox Club-Beit Jala, Orthodox Housing Society, Alternative Tourism Group, National Christian Assembly, WI’AM –The Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center, National Christian Alliance, St. Yves

Signatories: Dr. Bernard Sabella, Mr. Nader Muaddi, Dr. Elias Esaid, Mr. Nael Dahmas, Dr. Irene Hazou Mikhwel, Mr. Ousama Daher, Dr. Jad Isaac, Mr. Raed Abed Rabbo, Dr. Majed Nassar, Mr. Raed Saadeh, Dr. Muna Mushahwar, Mr. Rami Kassis, Dr. Nasri Qumsieh Mr. Rami Qreetm, Dr. Sulaiman Rabadi, Mr. Rami Zeidan, Dr. Zougby Zougby, Mr. Ramzi Zananiri, Advocate Khalil Dugbach, Mr. Richard Elias, Advocate Nabil, Mushahwar, Mr. Richard Zananiri, Advocate Raffoul Rofa, Mr. Saba Abu Eita, Mr Fadi Isaac, Mr. Salim Jaber, Mr Qustandi Dabagh, Mr. Sami Abu Daieh, Mr. Abed-Almasih Younan, Mr. Sami Alyussef, Mr. Adham Rishmawi, Mr. Sami Khoury, Mr. Anton  Abu  Akleh, Mr. Simon Awad, Mr. Azzam Musleh, Mr. Simon Kuba, Mr. Bassam Turjum, Mr. Subhi Mikhwel, Mr. Bassem Anchouat, Mr. Suleiman Abu Daieh, Mr. Butros Abu Shanab, Mr. Thafer Kassis, Mr. Daoud Rafat, Mr. Tony Hazboun, Mr. Dimitri Diliani, Mr. Wadi Abu Nassar, Mr. Elias Kheir, Mr. Waseem Khazmo, Mr. Elias Tams, Mr. Wassef Daher, Mr. Francis Tams, Mr. William Nazi, Mr. Gassan  Daoud, Mr. Wisam Tuma, Mr. George Abu Zuluf, Mr. Yacob Dahdal, Mr. George Akroush, Mr. Yacob Kassis, Mr. George Rishmawi, Mr. Yacob Moussa, Mr. George Sahar, Ms. Alida Zumout, Mr. George Tams, Ms. Anwar Banoura, Mr. Giries Misleh, Ms. Claudette Habash, Mr. Hani Odeh, Ms. Dina Zreneh, Mr. Hanna Khoury, Ms. Fadia Musleh, Mr. Ibrahim Matar, Ms. Hania Qassasieh – Persekian, Mr. Issa Safari, Ms. Jumana Tams, Mr. Jalal Qumsieh, Ms. Mayada Tarazi, Mr. Jamil Ghraib, Ms. Mira Rizk, Mr. Jawad Misleh,Ms. Nadia Esaid, Mr. Joseph Hazboun, Ms. Nora Karmi, Mr. Khader Kokaly, Ms. Pauline Nunu Saadeh, Mr. Marwan Toubasi, Ms. Randa Makhlouf, Mr. Michel Bahnam, Ms. Randa Siniora, Mr. Michel Qreetm, Ms. Rula Daher, Mr. Musa Jarjou’I, Mr. Nabil Almufdi, Mr. Nader Abu Amsha, Ms. Sirine Dahmas, Mr. Nader Hrimat, Ms. Walae Qumsieh.

10 comments to A Moment of Truth With Christians In Palestine

  • Dear Sir,
    I strongly believe that zionists are the cancer of the human race. I curse them several times a day.
    zionists have been tormenting, harassing, persecuting, incarcerating, torturing, and killing innocent Palestinian men, women, and children, since 1948.
    They have stolen 83% of the Palestinians’ land, and continue building illegal Israeli settlements, on the remaining Palestinian land.
    Unfortunately, the unethical Anglo-Saxon nations have turned a blind eye to this evil injustice.
    The United Nations have issued dozens of resolutions against Israel, but no action was taken to enforce them!
    There is no need to despair. God is more powerful than the Jews and their immoral friends.
    The world has 1.3 BILLION Muslims. Muslims pray 5 times a day. If all those Muslims ask God to remove the Jewish cancer from our planet, I am sure that He will rectify the problem.
    God abhors injustice and always listens to prayers. He also allows fair, and justified, curses to be fulfilled.
    Do not underestimate the power of prayer and the awesome destructive force of justified curses.
    The sooner you unleash your “God given” powers, the sooner Palestine will be liberated.
    So, tell your Muslim brothers, and sisters, to curse the satanic Jews (and their unethical friends), and ask God to destroy them SOON.
    God bless you.
    Len Giles

  • GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

    The creation of the Zionist State of Israel (on stolen Palestinian land), gave the world an excellent opportunity to examine the true nature of the zionism, and understand why so many Gentiles (around the globe) detest them.
    Their arrogance, cruelty, virulent racism, and brutality (often captured on film by foreign correspondents), gives us a true picture of a nation without a conscience, without a soul, without morality, and without a God.
    The arrogant Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, once stated the following: “The Jewish “Race” is the MASTER RACE. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our “race”, other races are beasts and animals; cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.”
    Menachem Begin merely uttered what all Zionists believe in their hearts.
    The uncivilized, inhuman, and brutal treatment of the innocent, unarmed, Palestinian civilians (since 1948) is a clear manifestation of the Zionists’ evil and racist mentality.
    According to the prevailing Jewish mindset, all the despicable Israeli acts listed below, comply with the requirements of the Jewish Law. In other words, they are “kosher”.
    1-Stealing 80% of the Palestinians’ land is “kosher”.
    2-Killing innocent, unarmed, Palestinian men, women, and children, is “kosher”.
    3-Practicing Apartheid, and Genocide, in Palestine, is “kosher”.
    4-Building an enormous dividing wall in Palestine, without the Palestinians’ permission, is “kosher”.
    5-Behaving like tyrannical, racist, bullies, is “kosher”.
    6-Demolishing thousands of Palestinian homes (often with the occupants still inside), is “kosher”.
    7-Burning thousands of Palestinian homes, orchards and farms, is “kosher”.
    8-Unlawfully confiscating Palestinian properties, machinery and animals, is “kosher”.
    9-Raping, and murdering, Palestinian girls, is “kosher”
    10-Massacres and Atrocities inflicted upon the innocent, unarmed, Palestinian civilians, are perfectly “kosher”.
    11-Torturing approximately 125,000 Palestinian prisoners, for decades, is “kosher”.
    12-Forcing 1.3 million Palestinians (at gunpoint) to abandon their homes, their farms and their ancestral homeland, is “kosher”.
    13-Breaking the arms and legs of children for throwing stones at Israeli tanks, is “kosher”.
    14-Poisoning the water wells of Palestinians, with arsenic, to make them leave their homes and villages, is “kosher”.
    15-Ignoring dozens of United Nations Resolutions, since 1948, is “kosher”.
    16-Assasinating politicians, and leaders of the Palestinian Authority, is “kosher”.
    17-Terrorising Palestinian families, in the middle of the night, with “Gestapo style” raids, is “kosher”.
    18-Treating the Palestinian civilians like sub-human creatures, is “kosher”.
    19-Using American helicopters to destroy Palestinian cars, with all the passengers still inside, is “kosher”.
    20-Deliberately harassing, and bullying, Palestinian civilians at countless “check points”, and “road blocks”, is “kosher”.
    21-Desecrating Mosques and Muslim Holy Books, is “kosher”.
    22-Crushing demonstrators to death, with bulldozers, is “kosher”.
    23-Renaming dozens of stolen Palestinian towns and villages with Hebrew names, is “kosher’.
    24-The lucrative business of selling Palestinian body parts, is “kosher”.
    Behaving like demented, homicidal maniacs is perfectly normal for the Jews. It is the result of 4,000 years of inbreeding.
    How can wicked, mentally deranged, immoral, murderers claim to be members of the Human Race?
    How can a group of arrogant creatures (who belong to the same Semitic tribe as the Arabs), claim racial purity and racial superiority? Jews show their abysmal ignorance, and crass stupidity, when they accuse the Semite Arabs of “anti-Semitism”!
    How can cruel, evil, thugs who relentlessly break God’s Ten Commandments claim to be “God’s Chosen People”?. I regard their preposterous claim as GRIEVOUS BLASPHEMY. I honestly think that they are Satan’s chosen lycanthropes.
    Apathy is an unforgivable sin. Evil spreads like a cancer when good men (and good women), do nothing to stop it. On Judgement Day, we will be asked to justify our total lack of compassion and callous indifference to the pain, suffering, persecution, injustice, and the bullying of millions of innocent fellow humans. How will we plead?
    Len Giles

  • Mihail

    Israel, despite its status as a pariah state amongst thousands of judicial authorities in Europe and around the world, is still regarded as an ‘ally’ by the traitors who govern the American people. Barack Obama, of whom I warned shortly after his ‘popular’ election would represent the ultimate traitor of the American people [3], has played his role to perfection: establishing, at first, a sharp distinction between the approach of the Zionist Neocons who ran Bush like a glove-doll with their hands delved so deep down inside of his anal passage, they were even able to twang the few vocal chords over which The Great Cretin had a modicum of intellectual control. Now Obama has been brought to heel. Good boy. Israel’s obedient House Nigger.

    Livni’s complicity, indeed direct involvement in the continuing, sheer, vicious and unapologetic Holocaust of the people of Gaza and the West Bank, the True People of The Land, which involves the deliberately targeted bombing of schools and hospitals and the use of flesh-eating white-phosphorous, is nothing beyond the extraordinarily evil and inherent mentality of an alien people, the Ashkenazim, whose forefathers were never of Semitic descent, and who, by mere virtue of their hatred for the creativity they possess not within themselves and must steal (as Einstein stole the best ideas of uniquely ingenious German physicists) from real human beings everything to justify their existence as bandits and thieves, is typically indicative of sociopaths who vent their spleen and anger against those they despise as real creators and genuinely hard-working producers of wealth [4].

    When we talk of Livni, Meier, Begin, Rabin, Netanyahu, Sharon (and treasonous dual American-Israeli Fifth-Columnists such as Paul Wolfowitz, Raul Emmanuel, Michael Chertoff and Ben Bernanke) and the founding mass murdering terrorist of the Satanic state of Israel, the antichristic and European-hating Ben Gurion, let us never forget that we are dealing with representatives of an illegal sect of International Usurpers who have brought our entire world to the very brink of not only financial bankruptcy, but right unto the Abyss of nuclear Armageddon.

    Poor little nuclear-armed ‘Israel’, which has even threatened to destroy the entire world unless it gets its own petulant, screaming and kicking childish little ways. Let us, as gullible Christians and westerners, who have been taught to hate all Arabs (the true Semites and the real Children of Shem) release a flood of tears so great for those much-abused hook-nosed destroyers of orange groves and the builders of a hideous wall of evil between themselves and real, suffering humanity, drown them all in a deluge of our overwhelming sympathy for their sheer Christ-murdering cunning and arts of manipulation, blackmail and bribery.

    Let us, as Christians and westerners, never forget their hatred towards us and forgive them for their apparently harmless wisecracks; for surely, these lovable Edomites and Turko-Mongols, who were never the Children of Israel, must be joking when they say:

    “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force.” ­ Israeli military tactician and professor Martin Crevald [5].

    Let us consider the ponderings of the Bolshevik Jewish racial supremacist, Menachem Begin:

    “Our race [speaking of the Ashkenazim false Jews and Edomites] is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.” ­ June 25, 1982, as quoted as an enhancement of Rabbi Schneerson’s racist claims in the ‘New Statesman’.

    Yet Satanic asslickers, such as John Hagee, Barack Obama and the demonically selfish and unscrupulous Hillary Clinton, will not hear one word against a people who have always, and will continue, to despise hard-working Americans and Europeans. Let’s name just a small sample of the Jews who have hated and despised America; who have betrayed, and whose ilk will always continue to betray, America and the English people:

  • Bishop Donald R. Corder

    To the Brethren elect and the entire household of faith along with those who be of good conscience; I stand in agreement with you in prayer that the evil darkness of this hour would be lifted and the floodgates of heaven will open and pour out wellsprings of righteousness as the injustice is washed away that is now covering the land. I believe with all of my heart and soul that your crys offered up unto the heavenlies are heard and help is even now soon to come.

  • I am so heartened to see this. It is most important that God’s people, both Muslim and Christian unite around the truth and proclaim it. Then when each of us prays for God’s assistance in this struggle, He will hear and answer.

    I posted this to four blog pages.

    Thank you Ms. Salam for your courageous and forthright reporting as always.

    Steve

  • Rabbit

    My country Australia is in thrall to the same level of Zionist infiltration by the same methods they use everywhere. It has made of my country something I cannot recognise anymore, something which at least that part represented by the flag, is the antithesis of what this country was supposed to stand for. I feel only enmity to the white man’s Australia, the land I love as always, but this white man’s garbage has become putrid and corrupted by Zionist filth.

  • Rabbit

    To those Christian people who produced this remarkable document, I salute you. This is a magnificent example of a Christian statement at this time when I see very few true Christians anymore, just lots of deceived followers of Zionism. Zionism as such, I have come to recognise as literally a rallying point for demons. More and more I am convinced the incredible degree of hatred, the disgusting, inhuman sexual and perverted scatological and sodomy references are familiar as demonic speech.
    I suggest you seriously consider the times and what this could mean. It is logical, they are deeply obsessed, and some of you gentlemen would be well enough versed in such things to recognise that Obsession is the key to posession. I think the third of the hosts are coming among us, directly, via vehicles produced en masse, via Zionism’s weird and insane and ugly teachings.

  • Bishop Donald R. Corder

    I stand with the brethren in the household of faith and those men and women of good conscience who courageously oppose the spirit and the seemingly impenetrable darkness covering the Nation of Palestine. There can be no doubt that the petitions offered up to our God has been heard and soon the floodgates of the divine shall open up and pour out waters of righteousness upon the just as well as the unjust. Subsequently, that what was done in darkness shall come to light and the workers of evil folly shall be consumed by the brightness that shall rest upon our lives and cover the ground we tread.

  • Doug P.

    Not all Christians support Israel.After I saw what Israel did in the Gaza,I think the Israelis are horrible people and Christians should NOT support Israel.

  • Holocaust Gaza

    We have to take all zionists away from Palestine [redacted].

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