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WAWA Blog March 2, 2008: 2,000 years ago the cross had no religious meaning and was not a piece of jewelry. When Jesus said, "Pick up your cross and follow me"...

 When Jesus said, "Pick up your cross and follow me"... 

 

Everyone understood he was issuing a POLITICAL statement, for the main roads in Jerusalem were lined with crucified agitators, rebels, dissidents and any others who disturbed the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces.

Jesus was never a Christian, that term was even coined until the days of Paul, about 3 decades after Jesus walked the earth a man. Jesus was a social justice, radical revolutionary Palestinian devout Jewish road warrior who rose up and challenged the job security of the Temple authorities by teaching the people they did NOT need to pay the priests for ritual baths or sacrificing livestock to be OK with God; for God already LOVED them just as they were:

Sinners, poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under Roman Military Occupation.

 

What got Jesus crucified was disturbing the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces of his time, by teaching the subversive concept that Caesar only had power because God allowed it and that God preferred the humble sinner, the poor, diseased, outcasts, widows, orphans, refugees and prisoners all living under Roman Occupation above the elite and arrogant.




In the afternoon of the eighth day of my second Reality Tour through the
West Bank, sixty international ecumenical Christians were introduced to Sabeel’s Contemporary Way of Cross. The Sabeel way, transforms the traditional Christian tradition of meditating upon the journey that Christ took after his condemnation as he carried his cross to where he was crucified with an updated meditation on empire and occupation.

In Jerusalem there are fourteen plaques along The Via Delarosa hanging on the walls of buildings depicting where Christ may have fallen three times, meets his mother, is stripped, nailed and dies.

The Contemporary Way suggests fourteen reflections beginning with 1948, The Nabka: The Catastrophe which followed the failure of the UN partition plan of ‘47 when the Irgun and Stern Gang [Zionist terrorist groups] depopulated 400 villages and forced 726,000 Palestinians to flee to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.

Station Two reflects on those refugees and the 460,000 more that fled during the War of 1967. Currently there are 675,670 registered refugees in the
West Bank, 938,531 in Gaza and over two million in Arab countries who have never received compensation and have been denied the right to return as guaranteed in Articles 13 and 15 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in UN Resolution 194.

I was astounded to learn that in Anata,
Jerusalem's refugee camp The Wall is butted up to the boy’s high school. The ‘playground’ where 780 adolescents gather is in reality a slab of cement ground about the square footage of a basket ball court. There is no view as it is walled in on all four sides by the high school, The Concrete Wall and two smaller cement walls.

A refugee informed our group that on a daily basis, “The Israeli Occupation Forces show up when the children gather in the morning or after classes. They throw percussion bombs or gas bombs into the school nearly every day! The world is sleeping; the world is hibernating and is allowing this misery to continue.”

I wandered around taking photos and was warmly greeted by a teenage boy who asked my name and where I was from. I cringed when I said
America, for I am ashamed that over one hundred billion USA dollars since 1948 has supported the occupation, promoted violence and helped build the friggin’ wall.

"Financed with
U.S. aid at a cost of $1.5 million per mile, the Israeli wall prevents residents from receiving health care and emergency medical services. In other areas, the barrier separates farmers from their olive groves which have been their families' sole livelihood for generations." [Washington Report on Middle East Affairs Page 43, Jan/Feb. 2007]

A few miles from the refugee camp, one enters into an Orwellian Disney Land of lush green grounds in the illegal colony of the Pizgatzeev settlement. I was sick at heart and in my gut when we drove less than a mile into the illegal colony for I counted three playgrounds and a swimming pool. I still wonder how many
USA tax dollars helped to build them, and why the same was not done for the refugees.

As our group was praying a gunshot issued from the Anata refugee camp, then another and another in rapid succession. I was told that the IDF was showering the refugees with gun fire and terror, and that it was just a normal daily occurrence. I lost it completely then, and sobbed uncontrollably. I felt like the
Magdalena when she could not find her Lord, but then I thought of Jesus, and how he cried buckets of tears over Jerusalem.

2,000 years ago roving bands of politically radical and religious Jews rose up and openly resisted Roman rule in
Palestine. They were called Zealots, and I imagine if I had lived back then, I might have been tempted to join them.

But, I am a 21st century Christian of the Beatitudes and abhor and denounce ALL violence.

So, instead, I ardently, fervently, zealously curse + PRAY the empire WAKE UP and see that the violent terrorizing of innocent people- just because they are Palestinian, Iraqi, Afghani,

Suffer as do the occupiers; victims of the occupation.

Godspeed; it be this Easter Week.

 


CPTnet
29 February 2008
HEBRON: 

Second and Third Stations of the Cross—Jesus takes up his cross and falls under its weight

Second Station

by Joy Ellison

When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!"  Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him.  I find no guilt in him." ...They cried out, "Take him away, take him away!  Crucify him!"  Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?"  The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."  Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.  So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.  John 19: 6, 15-17

For forty years, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have born the cross of military occupation.  Palestinians have lost their land, their homes, their olive trees, their cultural traditions, and their lives.  Throughout these forty years, people around the world, especially Christian Zionists, have offered their unconditional support to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.  Because the support our governments offer the state of Israel, we are complicit in the suffering of the Palestinian people.


The Third Station

by Jean Fallon

We see Jesus falling the first time beneath the weight of the cross… and the full weight of the Roman Empire.  Let us continue the meditation: Jesus is in Palestine now.  The year is 1998, the place is the Beqa'a Valley, Hebron.  We are like the crowd, forced to stand by as helpless witnesses.

Members of two Palestinian families sit dazed and crying before their fallen homes, now utterly crushed and unrecognizable.  One family has seen their home demolished for a second time.  The remains of their houses, built with such hope on their own land, now represent a bleak future for themselves and their children, and all that is left of their life savings.  The Israeli military had come, guns at ready, just before sunrise, driving the families outside…  With them came bulldozers, demolishing the houses in a total of five minutes.  Left are heaps of rubble, heavy weights for the families, now sitting in the open.

These Palestinian families have held the land for generations, but above them on the top of a hill are ‘Settlements," a power in collusion with the Israeli empire, demanding the demolition of homes to clear this area of Arabs in order to take over their land.

CPT's MISSION: "Getting in the Way." What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war? Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks to enlist the whole church in organized, nonviolent alternatives to war and places teams of trained peacemakers in regions of lethal conflict.

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Israel's missiles kill children

Dear Friends,

I had a long day, an awful day, taking photos and writing from on the ground in Gaza City and northern Gaza.

I met with two children who survived Wednesday's Jabalyia soccer bombing: the other four kids were, as you likely know, killed. The children I saw had no flesh on their legs?they had burns all over their bodies from the tank's shelling. Their hair was crisp singed. This was one of the scariest things I have seen yet, and I have seen a lot. Only today 35 more people have been killed, many of them women and children, and 180 injured and the attacks are still going on. Hospitals have appealed for blood donations and fuel for ambulances.

I asked one boy to give me details of what happened on Thursday afternoon (February 28). The 9-year-old boy cried while he told me that he'd seen the decapitated head of his cousin thrown far from his body, his arms and legs strewn far away from where they were all playing soccer.

His mother added that there wasn't any electricity when her severely wounded son was admitted to the hospital.

He was crying as he told the story, his tears hurting him even more than his psychological pain because he has burns in his eyes. His mother uncovered his wounded leg where I could see only bones without flesh in places. I could not understand how he managed to lie down conscious, but knew it was a consciousness full of pain and anguish. I felt this pain in my own heart and head.

As I talked to this child's mother, she said that she'd had to evacuate her children as it's no longer safe to be in that area where the children had been playing. The kids ranged from 6 to 14 years old. The two boys who survived said they had all been playing soccer in front of the door of their house in Jabalyia when the Israeli missile hit them.

I finally came back home some hours ago, after waiting a long time to find transportation. Eventually I managed to make it back to Rafah and I collapsed for a nap for an hour. My sleep was disrupted: I awoke scared by the bombing of F-16s (I learned later on). I ran from my bed through our dark house, and seeing no one from my family inside, I ran without shoes into the street. People were out in the street, young men running. I didn't understand, didn't know what I was doing other than that I was running but didn;t know to where. Most people's windows were down, shutters closed, as it is freezing cold at moment.

I was glad not to be injured by shattered glass and debris on the streets. I made it back home to write this on my laptop. But I've decided going back to sleep is not a good idea, no matter how exhausted I am. If I have to die (not my wish) I want to be awake, so I know I'm dying, and by whom.

Not asleep.

Mohammed Omer

Mohammed Omer is also International Award Winner: Best Youth Voice from New America Media 2006
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WRMEA's Editor's note: At least 35 people have been killed in the past 24 hours as Israel continues its lethal assault in Gaza. Sixty-eight Gazans have been killed since this operation began four days ago following the death of one Israel civilian in a Palestinian rocket attack.

Deputy Israeli Defense Minister Matan Vilnai warned Gazans, on Feb. 29, they risked a shoah (holocaust) if rocket fire did not end.


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