Wednesday, February 10, 2010

KAIROS Palestine calls occupation a `sin against God and humanity'

KAIROS Palestine is formally titled, "A moment of truth - A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering." It is an ongoing effort that we can all be part of by adding our names.

“Today, we have reached a dead end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people,” wrote the authors of the Kairos Palestine Document. It was issued in December.

“The decision-makers content themselves with managing the crisis rather than committing themselves to the serious task of resolving it," the document says. "The problem is not just a political one. It is a policy in which human beings are destroyed, and this must be of concern to the church.”

The statement issued by Christian communities in the Holy Land declares the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories a “sin against God and humanity” and urges Christians everywhere to nonviolently intervene to end its injustices.

The National Catholic Reporter published a thorough article on the document, which has otherwise received very little media attention. Here's a link to the article:

There's a little mistake in the article's opening; it identifies 13 heads of Christian communities as authors of the document; actually these leaders have signed a letter of support that serves as a preamble to the full statement.

It is important to read and share this work. Find it at this link:

There is much good information at the KAIROS Palestine homepage:

That website offers the opportunity to add your own name to the list of signatories - look for the link to click and sign the "Moment of Truth" document.

I urge readers to share this info and the link to sign with others, especially church leaders.
The KAIROS Palestine statement is addressed to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in the Holy Land and calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people and the dispossession of the land.

Responses and resources are available at the ELCA Peace Not Walls website:

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