Palestinian Christian voices

Following my postings of 23 April and 26 March 2012, I offer additional resources regarding the call of Palestinian Christians for a just peace through faith, hope, and love. Click here for their document, Kairos Palestine, comparable to the Kairos document published by black South African theologians in 1985 regarding South African Apartheid.

Learn about Palestinian Christians, in their own voices, in the recent publication from EAPPI. Click here and then click on the hyperlinked title, “Faith Under Occupation” (the second listing of the title): “In this EAPPI study, they tell their own story of life under an occupation that discriminates against all Palestinians, regardless of their faith.”

Christian Quarter - Old City - Jerusalem - 13 Feb 2011 - Photo: Sherry Ann

Christian Quarter - Old City - Jerusalem - 13 Feb 2011 - Photo: Sherry Ann

Robert Wright, a senior editor at The Atlantic, has offered an editorial regarding the 60 Minutes segment. For Wright’s editorial, click here. To watch the segment, click here and you’ll be taken to the 60 Minutes website where you can watch the clip.

For a recent commentary in Ha’aretz, click here.

Mairav Zonszein, an Israeli-American native of New York City, living in Israel since 1999, offers her commentary here.

Read +972’s piece by Yossi Gurwitz here.

One response to this issue in the media is to consider signing a petition (click here) organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, an American, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting equality, democracy and self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians. For comparable activity in Canada, click here for Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) Canada.

Insight into stories told about Palestinian Christians

The following message arrived in my Inbox today from the Canadian Friends of Sabeel. I highly recommend their invitation to watch the 14-minute clip from yesterday’s 60 Minutes television program. Simply click here and you’ll be taken to the 60 Minuteswebsite where you can watch the clip.

“The television News Magazine 60 Minutes on CBS aired this segment, on April 22, on the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the Holy Land. It highlights the Kairos Palestine document of the Palestinian Christian churches.

Nora Carmi, who works for Kairos Palestine, is coming to Canada next month on a speaking tour. The document is behind some of the efforts of American and Canadian churches working towards BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) because of the illegal occupation partly described in the 60 minutes piece.

To view the 60 Minutes segment, please click here.”

For some additional commentary, click here.

Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek - Sabeel, Jerusalem - 23 Dec. 2010 - Photo: J. Graham

As a reminder, I had the privilege of meeting Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek who founded Sabeel in 1990. See my posting on 25 Dec. 2012. Sabeel is “an ecumenical grassroots center for liberation theology among Palestinian Christians, that seeks to promote peace with justice in the Middle East. The Sabeel center is in Jerusalem. It was founded following an international conference in March 1990, which placed Palestinian liberation theology in relationship to other liberation theologies from around the world. (See Faith & the Intifada, edited by N. Ateek. M. Ellis, and R. Ruether, 1992).”