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June 14, 2007

My heart has been heavy over Gaza ever since the 'disengagement' in the summer of 2005, and yesterday my heart broke wide open.

Today I offer three meditations and commentary about Gaza and a video link message from Rabbi Lerner [added @ 8:00 AM EST] about why NOT being 'realistic' when it comes to our visions and hopes for the future is the way to transform the future.

I begin with what I wrote in September 2005 about my concerns for Gaza:

Which have proven to be a very accurate prediction.

I wrote what was in my heart through Terese Hunter, a fictional character in my first book, KEEP HOPE ALIVE

Keeping hope alive is ONLY possible with prayer and a very deep faith that God is always in charge and all things good are still possible.

The next two posts are courtesy of two truth, justice, peace and prayerful comrades I have only met in the blogosphere.

 Rabbi Lerner's video link is in clean up position. I have met the good Rabbi a few times and I admire him greatly. But I don't agree with him when it comes to the inalienable right of return for Palestinians to the land of their forefathers. He thinks it cannot happen. I am unrealistic enough to believe it will.



Next, Terese opened a press conference summary of September 6, 2005, from Dr. Mustafa Bargouthi, September 6, 2005’s Palestinian National Initiative report regarding the aftermath of the “disengagement,” and the bottom line was more settlers, more walls, and more corruption in the PA.

He stated that ‘Ninety percent of security violations in Palestine are committed by security forces and intelligence. These forces must be disciplined; the rule of law and an independent judiciary must be installed. [And] it is estimated that 30 percent of the 160,000 salaried government employees do not attend work of any kind. This kind of corruption and nepotism must be ended.’

Terese moaned when she read about the violations since the cease-fire agreement of February 8. “Christ, have mercy! Seventyfive Palestinians, including seventeen innocent children, and fourteen Israelis, including two innocent children, have been murdered. Two thousand Palestinians have been arrested; there have been 2,306 checkpoints imposed, and 8,700 acres of Palestinian land has been confiscated by the Israeli government! And how can these settlers sleep at night, after attacking Palestinians 394 times since the ceasefire agreement? I feel bad about these screwed-up settlers, but they are a cult that has been allowed to get out of control. The Israeli government enticed and encouraged them to settle in illegal land, and this is what it has come to! And yet, the illegal settlements continue!

“And, what a farce the so-called disengagement in Gaza was. The Israeli government still controls all access to Gaza by land, sea, and air. Bargouthi documented that only 25 of over 150 settlements will be dismantled, and only 8,475 of over 436,000 settlers [less than 2 percent of settlers] have been evacuated. Meanwhile, in the past year, 12,800 new settlers have moved into the West Bank — 50 percent more settlers than were evacuated.”

“This is no withdrawal, this is BS! Until Palestinians have control of Gaza’s borders and a guaranteed passage between Gaza and the West Bank, it is not a withdrawal; it’s just BS propaganda! And Gaza is less than 6 percent of the occupied territories, and that leaves 94 percent of Palestinian territories under the boot of the IDF. The corruption in the PA government and hot tempers from those under occupation are a powder keg that’s getting ready to blow!

"What’s it going to take to wake the world up to the fact that most of our problems with radical Islamist fundamentalist militants leads us back to the conflict in Israel and Palestine? All roads do indeed lead to Jerusalem. What’s it going to take before the International community gets it together and insists, in unity, upon the upholding of international law as the rule we all live by? And that includes Israel and America, too, for both ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I wonder, what’s the point of signing on, but then not doing it?

“What’s it going to take to wake up the legions of blind U.S. Christian Zionists to their indifference to the misery of their sisters and brothers in Israel and Palestine? Their blind allegiance to the Israeli government has allowed our best friend in the world to become a big bully. What’s it going to take to break through the ignorance that hard-earned U.S. tax dollars are being used to continue the occupation and apartheid wall?”-pages 137-138, KEEP HOPE ALIVE


The following courtesy of Robin at The Holly Tree
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Gaza Tears
So where does this leave the people of Gaza?

Armed confrontation rages in the Gaza Strip 

 
Gaza, 13 June - UNRWA, the UN relief organziation for Palestinian refugees, suspended its mission in the Gaza Strip after two of his workers, both Palestinians, were killed today in the course of the ongoing armed confrontation between Hamas and Fatah armed forces.

The Hamas-affiliated Executive Forces are reported to have completely destroyed the headquarters of Mohammad Dahlan's Preventive Security Forces, organized and payed for by the United States. The Executive Forces are reported to have called on all armed forces of the Presidential Guard and the Preventive Security Forces to hand in their weapons within Friday this week.

Top Fatah leaders based in Ramallah have threatened to kill Hamas exponents all over the West Bank, if the Fatah-affiliated armed forces in the Gaza Strip were subdued by Hamas.
 

In the meantime, Syria called today for an end to the infighting in Gaza, stating "Palestinian fighting plays into the hands of Israel"

I offer no answers, I only pray and hope that the Palestinian infighting which IS a gift to Israel
ENDS!!! I am NOT seeking to judge, but for God's sake, STOP KILLING EACH OTHER.

May we all join together and pass this on in STRONG unity as the children of our Creator wishing for nothing more than peace.

In unity, from our hearts


The following was first posted in Jerusalem:

http://desertpeace.blogspot.com/2007/06/positive-thoughts-for-peace.html

Let us join our hearts in prayer, go to the depth of what we desire, and join together in the power we can bring with POSITIVE thought reaching to the Creator of all mankind.

THE MUSLIM PRAYER FOR PEACE:


In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them, we say "PEACE."


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Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS, for they shall be known as the Children of God. But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.


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Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation - neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.


Are you tired of being told that your dreams and hopes for our country and world aren't realistic?

This video of Rabbi Lerner may just inspire you about why we should NOT be realistic with our visions for the future.

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"You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. FEAR NOT the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens."-Rilke

   
 
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