Partners for Imperium: B'nai Brith Canada and the Christian Right
Although the article is five years old, it is evermore pertinent today. It explores the strange bedfellows of the Christian Right and B'nai Brith. It also reveals the "pro-occupation" movement - a movement which supports the illegal Israeli settlements at any cost.
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NEW! Burnett, Carole Monica (2013) Zionism Through Christian Lenses: Ecumenical Perspectives on the Promised LandThe essays in this volume invite Christians of every denomination to share perspectives that are solidly grounded in scripture and tradition, yet serve as alternatives to the currently prevailing approaches. A Lutheran, two Roman Catholics, two Episcopalians, an Eastern Orthodox Christian, and a Congregational (United Church of Christ) pastor explore the ramifications, for today's ongoing crisis, of ancient Israel's Covenant, of the early church's theological insights, and of the post-Reformation experiences of various branches of Christianity.
Burge, Gary M. (2010) Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to "Holy Land" Theology
Sizer, Stephen (2005) Christian Zionism: The Road to Armageddon
Prior, Michael (1999) Zionism and the State of Israel: A Moral InquiryExamines the impact of the precepts of Zionism and the distortions of history in biblical texts, in particular with regard to the indigenous population, to justify modern ethnic cleansing.
Wagner, Donald E. and Elias Chacour (1995) Anxious for Armageddon: A Call to Partnership for Middle Eastern and Western Christians
Founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Centre in Jerusalem and of Palestinian Liberation Theology
Canadian Friends of Sabeel and Necef Sabeel Canada are delighted to announce a two-day speaking tour in Toronto with the Rev. Naim Ateek - prominent Palestinian Christian leader, world renowned peace-activist and author.
Ateek, a refugee from 1948, established the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem in 1991. He is author and editor of numerous books, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation; and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.
The concrete course of action he proposes is rooted in nonviolence, grounded in current realities and can open a clear path to justice, reconciliation and forgiveness for all peoples. He highlights the unique role that Palestinian Christians can and should play in resolving one of the most painful situations of injustice and violence in our world today. Ateek was a key figure in the development of the Kairos Palestine Document and a long time supporter and facilitator of dialogue between the Muslim and Christian community in Palestine.
Ateek lectures widely in Palestine and Israel as well as internationally. A well respected and highly regarded leader in the Palestinian community, he has been called “the Desmond Tutu of Palestine”.
Schedule of Events in Toronto
Sunday, September 29 Bloor Street United Church (300 Bloor Street West)10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Naim Ateek will preach at the worship service. His sermon is entitled: "What Makes for Peace". Following the Sunday worship, a Q&A session will be held.
All are welcomed to attend. This service takes place on the last day of the World Council of Churches "World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel".
Tuesday, October 1stKnox College (59 St. George Street)6:30 p.m.
Public Lecture: A Moment of Truth: Facts and Faith
The Rev. Naim Ateek will address the need to challenge the misuse of religion as a tool helping to maintain the occupation of Palestine as well as the unique role that Palestinian Christians and all faith communities around the world should play in bringing about a peaceful solution in resolving one of the most painful situations of injustice and violence in our world today.
Donations will be accepted at the door.
May 15, 2013 marks the 65th anniversary since al-Nakba (the catastrophe). As part of our commemoration of the over 6 decades of dispossession of the Palestinian people, we are featuring a number of education resources.
This photo exhibit commemorates the history of the dispossession of the Palestinian people, through 65 photos.
The exhibit is produced by Canadian Friends of Sabeel with Sabeel Jerusalem (www.sabeel.org)
Click here to download and view the exhibit.
The following information was compiled by Palestinian researcher Salman Abu Sitta.
"This important subject is rarely mentioned, labor camps were indeed set up in Palestine. Typical expulsion pattern of a Palestinian village followed these lines:
The village is attacked and besieged from 3 sides leaving the fourth open to facilitate expulsion. Men and women were separated in two groups. The women with children were expelled to Lebanon, Jenin, Ramallah or Gaza (depending on location) after being stripped of their valuables. Young men, about 20 - 100 in number, were selected, shot and killed in groups of 4 - 6, after an earlier group had been ordered to dig mass graves for them. Other able-bodied men were taken to labor camps. Their immediate task was to bury the dead in other villages, to demolish Arab houses, to remove the debris from already demolished houses and carry salvaged items to Jewish homes. Generally they did arduous and dangerous jobs. They were fed a slice of bread daily. They were kept in crammed concentration camps. Their conditions improved after Red Cross (ICRC) visits.
The International Red Cross visited the labor camps. Their report on 06 February 1949 (No. G59/I/GC), now released 50 years later, gives the following list:
1. Camp No. 791 in Ijlil, near Herzlia, 1991 prisoners, Israeli Commander Mosedale.
2. Camp 792 in Atlit, near Haifa, 1640 prisoners, Israeli Commander Weissbach.
3. Camp 793 in Sarafand, near Ramle, 1360 prisoners, Israeli Commander Rappaport.
4. Camp 794 in Tel Litvinsky, near Tel Aviv, 1310 prisoners, Israeli Commander Kossovsky.
Click here to read more on the Palestinian Forced Labour Camps.
As an exclusive to NECEF Sabeel Canada and Canadian Friends of Sabeel, Dr. Marc Ellis has written an essay on the the current state of affairs in the interfaith dialogue and the new interfaith solidarity networks that are together, pursuing a just and comprehensive peace in Israel / Palestine.
Click here to read Dr. Ellis' essay.Dr. Marc H. Ellis has lectured around the world on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and is available for lecture tours and other opportunities. He is retired University Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation. Currently he is Senior Visiting Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. His daily blog. "Exile and the Prophetic" can be found at www.mondoweiss.net
Dr. Zayid shares his family’s story of the Nakba. He recalls how that catastrophe has had a tremendous impact on his life and led to his engagement as a Palestinian in the diaspora with organizations like NECEF and CFOS.
Click here to read Dr. Zayid's interview.
For more information on Dr. Zayid's story and Al-Nakba, please click here.
1. The Massacre of Sabra & Shatila
From September 16 to 18, 1982, Israeli-backed Lebanese Phalangist (Arabic: al-Kataeb) militiamen entered the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut, and slaughtered at will. Age or gender were never a consideration, as the elderly, women, children and even toddlers became easy prey. The death toll has never been verified, ranging from 800 to 3,500, which is testimony to the destruction wrought by the Phalangists that many bodies were never uncovered.
This was a moment in time, still being lived by Palestinian refugees everywhere and Palestinians living under the cruel occupation.
Click here to read more on the Massacre of Sabra & Shatila.
2. 450,000 Palestinian Refugees face Dire Restrictions in Lebanonby Raed Ayad
The plight of the Palestinians in Lebanon has been lost in the rhetoric of cease-fires and disputed borders. According to UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency), who have been delegated to handle the Palestinian refugee situation since 1949, there are approximately 450,000 registered Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, with an estimated half living in the camps.
Click here to read Mr. Ayad's article.
The goal of BDS is to end the occupation and secure peace and security for all; it is a non-violent tool. By affirming this tactic, we reject violence and revenge and suggest peaceful ways of ending the occupation. Our analysis shows this is an effective tool. Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, also praises its effectiveness: “[BDS] is also making use of persuasive and coercive non-violent means to secure the human rights of Palestinians living under oppressive and unlawful conditions of occupation that the actions of diplomacy or the authority of the organized international community seem unable to correct. BDS represents the mobilized efforts of global civil society to replace a regime of force with the rule of law in relation to the OPT.”
When the Church of South Africa issued its call for boycott, many churches worldwide rejected that call, claiming that it would hurt the blacks and prevent them from having an influence on the Apartheid regime. The proposed strategy of “constructive engagement” with the Apartheid system proved to be an error of judgment, while the boycott proved to be successful in fighting Apartheid in South Africa. It is hard to understand how the same conclusions – the same errors, the same successes – would not apply to the sin of occupation.
When Martin Luther King called for a boycott of bus es in 1956, the same concern as expressed by church leaders about the use of boycott; in this context, too, that non-violent tool proved successful.
We understand President Obama’s allusion - in his speech at the University of Cairo, June 4, 2009 - to the success of non violent resistance of Black Americans and South Africans in their struggle for full and equal rights as a call to BDS. This is in fact, how both peoples, supported by the international community, obliged the oppressors to cease their oppression.
We suggest the use of BDS as a non-violent tool, implying that this is just one among other tools to be used. The main question remains: what should be done? There are many possible methods and solutions to be envisioned and discussed. The Kairos is an invitation for dialogue in the spirit of faith, hope and love. If other viable non-violent alternatives are suggested, they will certainly be positively considered.
Is the BDS movement directed against the occupation or against Israel? On the one hand, the fundamental goal remains the end of occupation. At the same time, the occupation is not a separate system from the policies of the Israeli governments: those governments have supported the occupation, encouraged the control of Palestinian land (through settlement s, the wall, the confiscation of Palestinian property), and persistently controlled the life of the Palestinians.
That is why BDS is not a goal in itself, but rather a means by which to pressure the Israeli government to end the occupation and work for justice and peace.
Our question to our brothers and sisters in the Churches today is: Are you willing and able to work with us to restore our freedom? Our freedom will be the only sustainable foundation for both Palestinians and Israelis to live in love, justice, peace and security. (6.1).
A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of the Palestinian suffering.
In this historic document, Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation of their land is a sin against God and humanity. Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God.
The Bethlehem Call - December 2011
"The Iona Call", Kairos UK - June 2012
“Call to Action: a U.S. Christian response to the Palestine Kairos document.” Kairos USA - June 2012
New! Kairos Palestine video
Photo exhibit commemorating over 60 years of dispossesion.
Jewish Liberation theologian, Dr. Marc Ellis, was recently in Canada on a speaking tour sponsored by Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS) and the Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation (NECEF). Below are 2 videos of interest.
1. Ellis' statement on his current situation at Baylor University.2. Ellis' public lecture - Confronting Israeli Power: Creating a Viable Future for the Palestinian People & a Moral Future for the Jewish People (taped in Toronto).
Canadian Friends of Sabeel7565 Newman Blvd.P.O. Box 3067Station LaPierreLasalle (Montreal), QC H8N 3H2
Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS) is a national support network for Sabeel, Ecumenical Center for Liberation Theology in Jerusalem. Sabeel strives to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence, and witness of Palestinian Christians and the wider Palestinian community, as well as their contemporary concerns. It encourages individuals and groups from around the world to work for a just, comprehensive, and enduring peace informed by truth and empowered by prayer and action.