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WAWA Blog January 3, 2009: January 4th: From Jerusalem To the World UPDATE Jan. 3rd 12PM @ end

"On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel



"From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught...that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, 'vomit you out' if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]: "When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself' but also 'you shall love the other.'" [1]


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And "HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine





“In the Holy Land there are many walls and of all kinds…The Walls around us will not fall flat if we all do not pray and work to make the walls within us disappear.”- Dr. Bernard Sabella.


This Sunday, January 4, 2008, is an international day of fasting and prayer for Gaza called by the Patriarchs, Bishops and the Heads of the Christian Churches in Jerusalem.


They wrote "with deep concern, regret, and shock the war currently raging in the Gaza Strip and the subsequent destruction, murder and bloodshed, especially at a time when we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the King of love and peace. As we express our deep sorrow at the renewed cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and the continued absence of peace in our Holy Land, we denounce the ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip and all forms of violence and killings from all parties. We believe that the continuation of this bloodshed and violence will not lead to peace and justice but breed more hatred and hostility - and thus continued confrontation between the two peoples.


"Accordingly, we call upon all officials of both parties to the conflict to return to their senses and refrain from all violent acts, which only bring destruction and tragedy, and urge them instead to work to resolve their differences through peaceful and non-violent means.


"We also call upon the international community to fulfill its responsibilities and intervene immediately and actively stop the bloodshed and end all forms of confrontation; to work hard and strong to put an end to the current confrontation and remove the causes of conflict between the two peoples; and to finally resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a just and comprehensive solution based on international resolutions.


"To the various Palestinian factions we say: It is time to end your division and settle your differences. We call on all factions at this particular time to put the interests of the Palestinian people above personal and factional interests and to move immediately toward national comprehensive reconciliation and use all non-violent means to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the region.


"Finally, we raise our prayers to the Child in the manger to inspire the authorities and decision makers on both sides, the Israelis and Palestinians, for immediate action to end the current tragic situation in the Gaza Strip. We pray for the victims, the wounded and the broken-hearted. May the Lord God Almighty grant all those who have lost loved ones consolation and patience. We pray for all those living in panic and fear, that God may bless them with calm, tranquility and true peace.


"We call on all to observe next Sunday, January 4, as a day for justice and peace in the land of peace."
 

"Blessed are the Peacemakers: They are the daughters and sons of God."-Jesus, another Hebrew Prophet, Matthew 5:9.


1. Rabbi Lerner, TIKKUN Magazine, page 35, Sept./Oct. 2007



Lutheran Bishops from America to Visit Middle East

Lutheran bishops from America are preparing to travel to the Middle East next week and are urging congregations to join for "a day for justice and peace in the land of peace" this Sunday.
 
Lutheran bishops from America are preparing to travel to the Middle East next week and are urging congregations to join for "a day for justice and peace in the land of peace" this Sunday.
"This is a tragic yet opportune time for North American Lutherans to visit their partners in Palestine," said the Rev. Munib A. Younan, who will lead some members of the delegation in their visit to Jordan. "They will have a unique opportunity to witness the challenges of living in this disputed land."
 
The delegation had scheduled the visit months before the recently revived violence in Gaza that has left over 400 Gazans killed and some 1,700 wounded. The visit to religious, government and community leaders, congregations and schools in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank is part of the delegation's annual academy, a time of theological reflection and study.
 
According to the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), bishops of his denomination and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) have connected several times this week by phone and "are united in their assessment that the trip is timelier than ever and should proceed."
 
"In keeping with the 2005 ELCA 'Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine,' the trip emphasizes accompaniment with its Lutheran partners in the region, the EvangelicalLutheranChurch in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)," he expressed in a statement Wednesday. "In this very difficult time, the bishops hope that their presence can be a source of comfort to these partners and manifest support for these ministries."
 
On Saturday, Israel launched a bombing campaign in response to the more than weeklong Palestinian rocket fire that followed the expiration of a six-month truce, which Hamas refused to extend because Israel kept up its blockade of Gaza.
 
In total, more than 150 rockets have been launched into Israeli territory since the resurgence of violence between the long-time foes. On Monday, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak declared "all-out war" against Hamas in retaliation for rockets launched into Israeli territory, including more than 40 rockets fired that day alone.
 
The violence has been condemned by world leaders and church officials including the Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC),who called the ensuing death and suffering "dreadful and shameful."
 
"The deaths and suffering .. will achieve nothing but more deaths and suffering," he stated Monday.
 
In his statement Wednesday, ELCA's Hanson also said the "terrible violence ... will serve no good end."
 
"Lamenting the recent escalation of violence, only negotiations, leading to a two-state solution, will bring about a durable peace with justice for both Israelis and Palestinians," he stated.
 
Ahead of the Lutheran delegation's visit, ELCA congregations have been invited to join with the patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem who have called for this Sunday to be "a day for justice and peace in the land of peace."
 
The church leaders in Jerusalem have called upon Israeli and Hamas officials to "refrain from all violent acts, which only bring destruction and tragedy, and urge them instead to work to resolve their differences through peaceful and non-violent means."
 
The leaders are also coveting prayers "for the victims, the wounded and the broken-hearted."
"May the Lord God Almighty grant all those who have lost loved ones consolation and patience," the Jerusalem church leaders expressed in a statement. "We pray for all those living in panic and fear, that God may bless them with calm, tranquility and true peace."
 
The "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the consensus solution that is currently under discussion by the key parties to the conflict, most recently at the Annapolis Conference in November 2007.
 
A two-state solution envisions two separate states in the Western portion of the historic region of Palestine, one Jewish and another Arab to solve the Israel-Palestine conflict.
 
Eric Young
Christian Post Reporter
 
http://christianpost.com/article/20090101/lutheran-bishops-from-america-to-visit-middle-east.htm

   
 
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