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November 28, 2010: A NO Shopping List, a Wake Up Call, a Prayer and related links
November 28, 2010: A NO Shopping List, a Wake Up Call, a Prayer and related links

A Prayer from Father Emmanuel Charles McCarthy



Advent begins this Sunday. I realize in Christian practice today, Advent for most is no wheres near as relevant and as important as Christmas shopping...

The attached prayer/meditation is addressed to God...By your prayer and/or meditation you may become God's agent for one extension of Christmas or ten thousand extensions of Christmas...

There is not a scintilla of doubt here: "Ask and you shall receive." -Charlie


Prayer To Live Mercifully


O God,

Teach me

Not to envy,

 to hate,

 to justify,

 to imitate,

 to support,

 to ennoble,

 or to kill for,

 Those who take the food from the table of others and then teach contentment,

  Those for whom the taxes are destined, who demand sacrifice,

 Those who eat their fill, who speak to the hungry of good times to come,

 Those who lead humanity into the abyss, calling

 Hate, love,

 Unfaithfulness, faithfulness,

 Lies, truth,

 Slavery, freedom,

 Too much, not enough,

 Homicide, heroism,

 Evil, good.

 And, O God,

 Teach me

 when I have food, to remember the hungry;

when I have work, to remember the jobless; 

 when I have a home, to remember the homeless; 

 when I am free, to remember the imprisoned,

 when I am without pain, to remember the suffering,

 when I am loved, to remember the unloved,

 when I am living, to remember the dying,

 when I am dead, to remember the living.

 And remembering, help me to destroy

 my complacency; 
bestir my compassion, 
and thereby

 spend my time and my eternity

 doing good upon earth, helping

 by word and deed, by prayer and sacrifice of self

 those who cry out

 for what I take for granted.


More about Charlie:

June 2010: Why it is that "Everyone but Christians understands that Jesus was nonviolent?'-Gandhi 

About SABEEL and 

Email from a Palestinian Christian and a shopping don't list from Sabeel:

The Need for a Wake up Call 

November 23, 2010


Dear Friends:


What is it going to take to shake the world awake?  Again and again it is the same old story, and when I wrote much earlier that it is a waste of time, money and energy to keep sending those envoys to our region so as to ensure that the peace process does not fall apart,  I was not exaggerating.  You have all seen, watched and heard the intransigence of the Israeli Prime Minister.


 Not only did he refuse to extend the freeze on the Israeli settlements after the direct negotiations had restarted in Washington, he literally challenged the USA president by announcing the building of 1300 settler units as he was on his way to Washington to meet the Vice President, Mr. Biden  and the Secretary of  State, Mrs. Clinton .  When he is met so warmly with smiles and hugs, no wonder he could not care less. Even the United Nations Secretary General received him with warm hospitality despite the fact that  Israel continues to flout all United Nations resolutions.


I was in Hawaii on November 11, 2004 when Yasser Arafat passed away, and I wrote my regular reflection for the Witness magazine from there at the time, “Arafat and the Mirage of Peace,”  After six years that article is just as relevant as it was then.


What is amazing however is that the USA administration is now offering Israel so many incentives and guarantees for simply freezing the settlement building for three months so that the peace talks can be resumed.  On the other hand the Palestinian Authority is blackmailed should it refuse to get engaged in those peace talks.  So what happens after the three months are over.  More bribery, more aid money and more planes?  When does  this charade come to an  end?  It never will because Israel creates a new distraction and deviation from the core issue every day.  And today the headlines in the papers focus on the approval of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) of having a referendum regarding the Israeli withdrawal  from Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, as if there are no UN resolutions regarding those territories, or no international law to set the record straight.


Nothing can be said any more.    Absolutely nothing!!!   But there is plenty that can be done.  And we are challenging you my dear friends, churches, human rights organizations and mostly, the United Nations and the USA administration to start talking and planning for sanctions so as to put an end to this brutal occupation.  An occupation that has torn apart not only the Palestinian Territories into separate enclaves, but it has torn the people apart; with different identities in the different locations:    Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.  Over and above the shameful conflict between  Fateh and  Hamas has become almost as hopeless as the Palestinian Israeli conflict itself.  And only the occupation is benefiting from that internal conflict, and it is because of the occupation that the rift is there in the first place.


But then nothing makes sense any more neither on the  international or local affairs.  Yesterday the US special envoy for North Korea said that Pyongyang’s claim of a new uranium enrichment facility is provocative and disappointing.  Ironically on the other hand,  we never heard one comment of disappointment from US envoys to the Middle about Israel not allowing its nuclear facilities to be inspected.  That is over and above the fact that Israel has not signed the nonproliferation treaty.


When Saddam Hussein did not abide by the United Nations resolution,  Iraq, a once upon a time flourishing country,  got destroyed completely physically and morally, and up to  this day innocent people are paying the price.  The democracy,   which was promised to the  Iraqis, turned into a devastating nightmare.  And the most recent attacks on worshipers in their churches have become a great concern for all Christians in the Middle East.  But neither Christians nor Muslims have been spared in that futile war, or the war in Afghanistan.   And all that Mr. Bush could do about it now is sit and write his memoirs.  History will one day reveal the whole sad truth.  I am sure Mr. Obama is  much wiser than to wage a war on Iran or to give the blessing to Israel to do so. 


Best wishes to all of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving over this coming  week end, and I hope the day will come when all people can genuinely celebrate when justice and peace prevail.  Samia


Friends of Sabeel--North America
Voice of the Palestinian Christians




And YOU can help make my wish come true.....

Attention Christmas Shoppers: Top Ten Brands to Boycott

While there are many Israeli and multinational companies that benefit from apartheid, we put together this list to highlight ten specific companies to target. Many of these produce goods in such a way that directly harms Palestinians - exploiting labor, developing technology for military operations, or supplying equipment for illegal settlements. Many are also the targets of boycotts for other reasons, like harming the environment and labor violations. <>

This brand's cosmetics are produced using salt, minerals, and mud from the Dead Sea - natural resources that are excavated from the occupied West Bank. The products themselves are manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement Mitzpe Shalem. AHAVA is the target of CODEPINK's "Stolen Beauty" campaign <> .

2. Delta Galil Industries
Israel's largest textiles manufacturer provides clothing and underwear for such popular brands as Gap, J-Crew, J.C. Penny, Calvin Klein, Playtex, Victoria's Secret (see #10) and many others. Its founder and chairman Dov Lautman is a close associate of former Israeli President Ehud Barak. It has also been condemned by Sweatshop Watch for its exploitation of labor in other countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.

3. Motorola
While many of us know this brand for its stylish cellphones, did you know that it also develops and manufactures bomb fuses and missile guidance systems? Motorola components are also used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones") and in communications and surveillance systems used in settlements, checkpoints, and along the 490 mile apartheid wall. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has launched the "Hang Up on Motorola" campaign <>.

4. L'Oreal / The Body Shop
This cosmetics and perfume company is known for its investments and manufacturing activities in Israel, including production in Migdal Haemek, the "Silicon Valley" of Israel built on the land of Palestinian village Al-Mujaydil, which was ethnically cleansed in 1948. In 1998, a representative of L'Oreal was given the Jubilee Award by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for strengthening the Israeli economy.

5. Dorot Garlic and Herbs
These frozen herbs that are sold at Trader Joe's are shipped halfway around the world when they could easily be purchased locally. Trader Joe's also sells Israeli Cous Cous and Pastures of Eden feta cheese that are made in Israel.

6. Estee Lauder
This company's chairman Ronald Lauder is also the chairman of the Jewish National Fund, a quasi-governmental organization that was established in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land and is connected to the continued building of illegal settlements. Estee Lauder's popular brands include Clinique, MAC, Origins, Bumble & Bumble, Aveda, fragrance lines for top designers, and many others.

7. Intel
This technology company that manufactures computer processors and other hardware components employs thousands of Israelis and has exports from Israel totaling over $1
billion per year. They are one of Israel's oldest foreign supporters, having established their first development center outside of the US in 1974 in Haifa. Al-Awda (the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition) has urged action against Intel <> for building a facility on the land of former village Iraq Al Manshiya, which was cleansed in 1949.

8. Sabra
This brand of hummus, baba ghanoush and other foods is co-owned by Israel's second-largest food company The Strauss Group and Pepsico. On the "Corporate Responsibility" section of its website, The Strauss Group boasts of its relationship to the Israeli Army, offering food products and political support.

9. Sara Lee
Sara Lee holds a 30% stake in Delta Galil (see #2) and is the world's largest clothing manufacturer, which owns or is affiliated with such brands as Hanes, Playtex, Champion, Leggs, Sara Lee Bakery, Ball Park hotdogs, Wonderbra, and many others. Similar to L'Oreal (see #4), a representative of Sara Lee received the Jubilee Award from Netanyahu for its commitment to business with Israel.

10. Victoria's Secret
Most of Victoria's Secret's bras are produced by Delta Galil (see #2), and much of the cotton is also grown in Israel on confiscated Palestinian land. Victoria's Secret has also been the target of labor rights' groups for sourcing products from companies with labor violations, and by environmental groups for their unsustainable use of paper in producing their catalogues. That's not sexy!Remember, it's also important to let these companies - and the stores that sell them - know that we will not support them as long as they support Israeli apartheid! Other companies to boycott or divest from that support the occupation of Palestine and Israeli militarism:

Caterpillar: maker of weaponized bulldozers that destroy Palestinian homes. One of
these machines killed Rachel Corrie, a young American volunteer as she tried to prevent
the demolition of a Palestinian house in 2003.

Tribe: maker of a popular brand of hummus. See the recent U-tube video of an lively
demonstration at a Costco store against both Sabra and Tribe products.

TEVA: maker of fancy sandals and also one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world. Ask your pharmacist and doctor to find another brand. It can and has been done! Be on the lookout for other Israeli generic drug brands. It's a well established industry in Israel.

BETTER PLACE charging stations: maker of charging stations for electric vehicles. The State of Hawaii recently signed on to have this Israeli manufacturer provide charging stations for Hawaii. Go to <> for the latest in what's happening internationally with Boycott Divestment and Sanctions.



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The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures."  - William Fulbright

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