December 31, 2003
Christians and Palestine
Joseph Farah, an Arab-American Christian, tells of Christians in the Palestinian areas:
In 1948, Bethlehem was 80 percent Christian. Today it is 80 percent Muslim.
Where do they go?
Are you ready for a shock?
Many of them prefer life in Israel to life under the rule of Yasser Arafat and his friends in Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In fact, life would be better just about anywhere else, and those who have the ability to leave have left.
This massive display of ethnic cleansing and population movement has been totally obscured by the Palestinian Authority and covered up by the international media. Worse yet, it has even been blamed on Israel.
But Christians fleeing the Holy Land know why they are leaving. All one needs to do is ask them. It began a long time ago. I know, because my grandparents fled for the safety, security and freedom of America. Christians in the Middle East know very well who their enemy is. They know why are they are oppressed. They know who is attacking them. They know who is occupying them.
And it's not Israel.
Farah's column is an effective antidote to the venomous droolings of Floyd McKay
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at December 31, 2003 11:15 AM
God forbid that Dateline, 60 Minutes, Primetime Live, or Palestine Peter Jennings ever do a report on this.
If 60 minutes, Primetime Live or Peter Jennings ever did a story on this they would interview Hannan Ashrawi who is a Christian. She would say it is all Zionist propaganda intended to discredit the Palestinian Authority. And that would be the Christian perspective. Then a Muslim would be interviewed who would tell of the harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims before the Zionists arrived.
There is this "State of Palestine" Constitution Institutes Islamic Law
"Over the past three years of the Oslo War, Bedein writes, hundred of Christians living in areas ruled by the PA have been arrested and imprisoned for holding church services or conducting public Christian practices without authorization."
Israel was created and Palestinians have essentially been removed from their land and homes with a loss of rights. 'Americans' removed the natives of the new world, denying them their rights and their land. The Spanish went to the southern Americas and massacred the natives into either certain extinction or certainly a loss of rights and their land. The French, as with the British 'settlers', example of acquiring canadian lands, denying natives. The British went to Australia and today we have an abused native population denied their land and rights.
European (the americas) Judeo-Christian history is littered with the abuse of power, the elimination of native populations and the illegal confiscation of lands . . . We have bathed in the blood of our victims and have denied basic human rights across the globe. Today we have extended our bloodlust to Afghanistan and Iraq and are endeavouring to go further still.
What is it about Judeo-Christian values that encourages the lack of morals, humanity on fellow members of the human race? What is it about our beliefs that we must create death and destruction whereever we go? It surely is time we stepped out of denial and began to realise that we are the 'devils own', it is up to us to recognise and stop our evil-doing.
I think we do have to recognise that our judeo-christian values have been abused so that they are now essentially 'demonic' in nature, we have to recognise that we are enjoying all the fruits of our sinister interventions across the planet. Nowhere do we bring peace, treat our fellow humans as equals. Nowhere do we want to share our good fortune with the hungry, homeless non europeans.
We don't go to help people because they are being terrorised, but instead we help those that do the terrorising on our behalf.
We will fight wars for resources, for geopolitical advantage - not for peace and safeguarding humanity. And we have no boundaries, we will commit atrocities and call them acts of 'liberation'.
We Europeans are innately evil it would appear, since we (humans) are all of one race and there is no real distinction to be made between peoples around the world. We need to understand the reason why we, in Europe, are like this.
A commonality amongst us is our religious roots, a shared history. These have defined our communities and societies, we have endorsed crusades and missionaries. We have wiped out tribal communities in Africa because they were deemed to be 'savages', in fact we went as far as to think in terms of a new science 'eugenics'. 'Race' politics: that non-Europeans are somehow related to monkeys and gorillas whereas we are the sons and daughters of a supreme being. Our saviour is no ordinary prophet but the son of god, even god. We are the chosen people.
We are taught these values, we have them reinforced and we are fed lies to increase our ignorance.
In truth, we are the problem.
Interestingly, Islam is being made to fit a criteria that we claim teaches its adherents to hate us, to hate the USA - that is, obviously, not true. It certainly isn't within Islam to be anti-American and Muslims - as do the Catholics of Latin America, the atheists of the ex-Soviet states or Buddhists of the South East Asia - generally separate their hatred for American foreign policy and their religions.
But it is correct to say that Europeans (West) are trying to reshape Islam into something that can be recognised by us. We need it to be an image of our belief system and it is this reshaping that involves us to feel that it is Islam is our enemy and not an oppressed people that have been abused by us.
The Islam issue is a carefully constructed distraction from our evil-doing. Islam is the label, just as is al-qaeda.
What of democracy? We are not interested in democracy,to even think we do is crass naivity. The democracy debate is just mood ,usic to the ears of the pro zionist, neo cons that justify our interventions without any accountability or responsibility to those we want to eradicate.
Bush said it more succintly: you're either with us or against us.
The debate doesn't exist.
The only thing that will relieve you of the guilt you feel is a full frontal lobotomy.
Wait!!! That will leave you in a vegetative state for society to waste resources on. Better yet just commit suicide and end your misery.
Wendy how did you type while wearing a straitjacket?
By the use of the term "terrorising" which is the British way of spelling terrorizing, I am assuming that you are a Brit. I think that you should worry about Britain becoming an Islamic state in 50 years or so and St. Paul's Cathedral being turned into a Mosque.
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I'm so sorry for your angst. The burden you carry as a part of western civilization must be a heart breaker. You lay out a long list complaints worthy of a Mickey Moore rant.
What are your solutions? What policies would you advocate? Do you advocate surrender? Should our armies stand down? Should we withdraw from the world at large and not migrate beyond our borders? Should the USA erect barriers to stop people voting with their feet to abandon their third world hell holes? Should we ignore the messes Africa has made of itself after the withdrawl of the Europeans? Should we embrace the Islam praticed in much of the middle east which treat woman as chattle, where any Wendy living under these conditions would be denied your education and ignorant of all of the crimes you list?
What about reparations? How much should each man, woman and child give to the third-worlder's who have suffered so much at our hands? Got your pen ready to cut a check? What should happen now Wendy? Do you really have any answers or just lots of complaints?