September 2011 Archives


Note:   Thanks to Janet Lewis for circulating the following words of encouragement.  I highlighted a paragraph.  Thanks, also, to Ann Hafften for posting this Statement from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem on her blog.   Peace, Roy

Thursday, Sept 22

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, September 21, has annually been designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace. It is also, coincidentally or purposely, the International Day of Prayer. Last evening in the town of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem we held an interfaith prayer service in the grotto of the Shepherd’s Field on the land of the YMCA. (Note that ‘interfaith” in this instance refers to Christians and Muslims since it is against Israeli law for Israeli Jews to enter the area. I guess this is what the Israeli government considers “co-existence:” i.e. You live on your side of the wall and we’ll live on ours and we will co-exist on opposite sides.)

Tomorrow, Friday, as most of you know, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will go to the UN to present a petition for the recognition of a Palestine state. Already the Israeli security has been heightened and the checkpoints have been closed intermittently. I will not even attempt to come into Bethlehem tomorrow since I know the checkpoint will be closed all day (especially since evening will be the beginning of Shabbat.)

It is extremely encouraging to note that demonstrations have continued to be non-violent as the Palestinian people heed the call of their elected officials to refrain from confrontation in this extremely sensitive time. The wave of non-violent resistance is swelling and will hopefully become a tidal wave that the U.S. and Israeli governments can no longer ignore. Change will happen. Change must happen. God does not allow injustices to continue indefinitely.

I am sending this statement below which is from Open Windows, an organization that participated in the pray event yesterday. I am also requesting that we continue to be in prayer for the Palestinian people and their efforts to have freedom and recognition of their right to self-determination as outlined by the International Declaration of Human Rights in what is left of their homeland, the West Bank and Gaza.

Feel free to contact me at my home email:…

Yours in Christ,

Janet Lahr Lewis

UM Liaison in Palestine and Israel

To read the statement from Ann Hafften click here.


The occupation is unsustainable – no alternative to freedom

On the eve of the day that the Palestinian Authority goes to the United Nations to submit its bid for Palestinian statehood, it is important to clearly see what has moved the Palestinians to do this step. It has not been taken lightheartedly nor is it just a matter of media theatrics.

  1. The UN bid has been chosen because the peace process, if it could be called so, was hijacked by the US government and “managed” in various impotent diplomatic forums and formats while on the ground settlement and Wall building flourished. The bid at the UN is intended to bring back the principles of freedom and independence into public discourse about Palestine. At the same time, other principles and legal rights should not be forgotten. There has been much discussion and criticism these days among Palestinians that the rights of the Palestinian refugees is pushed to the sidelines, as is also the role of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the PLO, as representative of all Palestinians. We appeal to the Palestinian leadership inside and outside the country to take care that the UN bid will not legally imply or be interpreted as abandoning the personal and collective rights of Palestinian refugees.
  2. The forum of the UN is chosen because it represents not just the heads of governments, but symbolically also the peoples of the world. The Palestinians are saying: we want to hear the voice of the peoples. If the leading governments are unable to act upon their professed principles – we remember how Obama a year ago brought up the vision of a new Palestinian state in his UN speech – it is the task of worldwide civil society to challenge their governments. We notice that public opinion about Palestine is ahead of their governments in several European states.
  3. The UN bid means that more sumud or steadfastness will be required of the Palestinian people. These days many people in the West Bank put flags on their cars. This may remind us that the “Palestine question” or the “Palestinian-Israeli conflict” is about humans with feelings. While feeling a moment of celebration, people here generally prepare themselves for the worst. Both Israel and the US threatened to punish the Palestinian cry for freedom. If the US will withdraw the annual 500 million $ aid to the PNA, this may severely affect its future, and that of the thousands of employees dependent on it. This very day, it is expected that armed settlers from neighboring settlements are going to march to Palestinian cities. Israel may announce annexation of parts of the West Bank. We do not know what the immediate future will bring. Sometimes we have the feeling that the Israeli government and the settlers hope for the outbreak of violent clashes, so as to declare that the problem is one of violence and not freedom, while at the same time hiding their own and the settlers’ provocations. AEI together with its Palestinian Leadership and with many other organizations and groups, will focus on Palestinian nonviolent protests against the occupation and bringing out the people’s sumud notwithstanding the sacrifices demanded on the road to freedom.

At the least, Palestinians feel that the present situation of direct or indirect occupation and siege of West Bank and Gaza, and also the annexation of East-Jerusalem, is unsustainable. In all fields: politically, economically, culturally, educationally, humanly. Instead, we wish to raise the banner of the Kairos Palestine document of Palestinian Christian leaders, challenging world leaders and Israeli occupation with the principles and practices of love, peace, nonviolent action, and justice. Only that road will lead to real freedom.

September 20, 2011



Note:   Jim Wall has had another major insight.  Like many of us, Jim is angry with President Obama because of his speech at the UN last week.  Then … and here comes the insight … Jim asks:  “What’s the alternative?”    Peace, Roy

In a message dated 9/24/2011 3:49:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,… writes:

“Obama’s performance was pathetic,” But How Does President Perry Sound To You?

by James M Wall

Let us be perfectly clear about this. It is true, as Robert Fisk wrote, “Obama’s performance was pathetic”. It was that, and much more.

President Obama’s speech to the United Nations this week was also embarrassing, and grossly insensitive to the reality of the Palestinians who have since 1967, suffered the pain, death and humiliation of Occupation.

President Obama focused his speech on Israeli security, which has served as the excuse for Israel to continue its ever-expanding control over what is now called the West Bank and Gaza.

One reason the Obama speech was pathetic was that he studiously avoided uttering the word “occupation”. Instead, the President carefully parroted the ultra right wing Israeli narrative with even more vigor than he has used in previous talks to those annual AIPAC Israel-worshipping conferences.

The blame for this speech rests squarely on Obama. He chose his Zionist consigliere, Dennis Ross, as his in-house White House advisor. Ross has been protecting the Israeli narrative as the only Truth permitted in the White House, since he first emerged on the Washington scene as a Middle East “expert” for the first President Bush. Ross does not hide his proclivities, retreating to pro-Israel think tanks between stints in the White House.

Successive presidents from Bush One to Clinton to Obama, have allowed Ross and his Israel Lobby pals to corrode the ability of US political leaders to actually see or feel the suffering of millions of Palestinians who are incarcerated in ever-shrinking plots of their ancestral land.

The alternative? Before you totally abandon Obama, ponder this, how does a President Rick Perry sound to you? This Texas “good ole boy” has already demonstrated that he is an ultra Zionist. Unlike the former Texas governor who was president for eight years, Perry is prepared to preside over what those biblical End Times believers long for, an Israeli-owned Temple Mount to provide Yahweh with a platform on which to set off the final days.

O, Molly Ivins, why did you have to leave us so soon. (To continue reading, click here.)


Comic Relief for a World Weary of Wars

The N.E.M.


The first family rises early in the morning so that they read their e-mail from Dante.  Dante’s dailies help keep their breakfast table conversations interesting.


President: Words of wisdom from Dante this morning?

Michelle: Hon, Dante says he wants you to read the essay pasted below.

President: Who wrote it?

Michelle:  Jim Wall.

President: From Chicago?  Originally from Georgia?

Michelle:  Yes.  But he doesn’t want you to read the essay until he tells you two stories he read in a biography of FDR over the summer.

President: All right.  Tell me the stories.

Michelle: Which story do you want to hear first?

President: Does it matter?

Michelle: In the first story FDR is a little boy.  In the second story he’s the President of the United States and the Leader of the Free World.  

President: Tell the one about when he was a little boy first.

Michelle: Well, FDR was about five or six years old.  His mother overheard him bossing one of his little playmates around one afternoon.  Mrs. R took him aside to teach him some manners:  “That’s no way to treat other people, Franklin.  You know better than that.”  For she believed in her heart-of-hearts that “Manners Maketh Man”.  Young FDR had a polite response:  “But  Mother…. Somebody has to be in charge.”  

President:  (pause)  Now tell me the other story, about when he was President.

Michelle: Well, a Human Rights group of some kind visited the Oval Office for the purpose of suggesting a reform in a certain specific situation.   FDR listened carefully.  He took their complaints seriously and agreed with them.  Then he suggested that they return to the grassroots level … where the voters and taxpayers were … and generate a “demand” for the situation to change.  For what folks at the grassroots level want to happen is what is going to happen.  Eventually.  FDR told them:  “Then come back and force me to change.  But bear in mind that I’ll need your support.”

Michelle:  Hon…. there’s a message in those stories.  

President: What else does Dante say? 

Michelle:  Dante says that your performance at the UNGA last week is causing ripples in the gravity field that’s permeating the globe.  Your controversial stand on the Holy Land issues has precipitated a badly-needed international debate which is what he suspects you had in mind all along.  Dante says his hat is off to you.  

President: (pause)

Michelle: Dante is convinced that you’re in the process of outsmarting Bibi once and for all.  And the reason you’re being so quiet about it is that he’s one slippery, sneaky fellow.  As you will see in the activated link.

President:  (pause)  Dante can be sneaky, too.  Scroll down. Let’s read Jim’s essay.



P.S.  Contact the White House

In a message dated 9/25/2011 4:36:57 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,… writes:

Note:   Jim Wall has had another major insight.  Like many of us, Jim is angry (Some of us are outraged.) with President Obama because of his speech at the UN last week.  Then … and here comes the insight … Jim asks:  “What’s the alternative?”    Peace, Roy


In 2009 well known presenter Charlie Rose spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the issues of the Israel/Palestine debate.  If the information he reports dosne’t match up with the facts you may have read else where don’t be surprised.  To view the original interview click here.



Note:  This video is less than eight minutes long.  Bibi knows how to turn on the charm. Click here: Charlie Rose – In the News: Benjamin NetanyahuCount Bibi’s lies.  Peace, Roy


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