Mideast Peace = Peace of Jerusalem = World Peace


The N.E.M.


Does everybody remember the way the troubadour used to sing: “The eyes go reconnoitering for what the soul doth require”?  He was singing subjectively, of course, about his personal need for a woman.  But the same song can be sung with objectivity in reference to the Holy Land issues.  Let’s find examples in nature.  An individuated Human Being has an in-born need for holy things to be included in his or her life.  Peers, have you noticed?  Peacemakers seem to have been created with an invisible hunger and thirst which is truly ineffable even when recognized as what it is. Thus, the paradoxology of the mystery that we celebrate. Thus, the International Debate that’s in progress, thanks God.

The phrase “OCCUPY JERUSALEM” was sudden in coming into use.  It was inevitable that it would, tho.  It must be emphasized from the start that the new OJ is a peaceful one.  The movement towards peace has been in progress and building for a long, long time.  We now seem to be moving collectively, consciously, inevitably, with a common purpose, and towards a common goal.  See how one Methodist has been exercising her ministry in the Holy Land and continues still: Lissa Caldwell.  Notice what the VIM program is all about.  Pasted below is an example of a Lutheran exercising her ministry with Lutheran gusto.  Ann is a communications specialist.  She networks thruout the ELCA and thruout the WCC, as well.  She also facilitates off-line adult discussion groups in her area of Texas.  We all must admire the courageous work the Presbyterians are doing to facilitate the peace.  PCUSA is under swarm attack from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  The attack is an insult to a person’s intelligence.  Have you ever in all your life heard a more ridiculous, a more theatrical, a more misleading cheap shot than that one?  What nonsense!  What rubbish!  Well, we don’t have time to get depressed about it.

A list of true Peacemakers would be a long list indeed.  One can only mention one’s favorites.  I’ve a vocation to promote Cotton’s (in-house) work at PIN to motivate Episcopalians to become more robust when speaking out about the Holy Land issues.  If I had my way … which I seldom do … ECUSA’s House of Bishops would find a worthy role model in CMEP’s Executive Director, Ambassador Warren Clark.  Cotton and Warren are always happy to hear from folks.  Their e-mail addresses are cottonfite@me.com… and warren@cmep.org… respectively.   Read on to learn where Ann is today.  Ann is an integral part of the new OJ movement whether she calls it that or not.  BTW…  What shall we call the OJ movement?  The IOJM?  The NIOJM?  We need a noun to abbreviate.  OJI (occupy Jerusalem internationally) can be used as a verb.



In a message dated 10/25/2011 5:13:06 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, annhafften@mindspring.com… writes:


Posted: 25 Oct 2011 02:48 AM PDT

Dear friends, I am on a little time-out as I visit friends following meetings in Jerusalem related to my work with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

I noticed this article from Christian Peacemaker Teams.  Last week I made a day trip to Hebron and Yatta and other parts of the south Hebron hills, and I saw the devastating effects of draught and lack of access to water – so Reinhard Kober’s article struck me.

Al Khalil (Hebron): Water shortage – a daily Palestinian experience
by Reinhard Kober

Abu Jamal is head of a well known family in Halhul, to the north of Al Khalil. It is a beautiful town, on top of a hill, surrounded by fields and lovely gardens. Like other cities in the Palestinian controlled area A it’s population has grown from some 3.000 in the sixties to 30.000 now. Because of this, the infrastructure must expand greatly. Every year there is a need to open a new school.

Living east of the green line border Abu Jamal and his sons, as many other people, lost the possibility to work in Israel. Developing their own business, they invested in greenhouses, cultivated eggplants and tomatoes and were generally successful, at least at first. But that has changed . When asked him how farming is going, he shrugs his shoulders, and his face shows immediately, that things are becoming worse. “We don’t have the water we need. Just three hours of water access per week is not enough. Buying water in tanks is too expensive. We can’t do anything.”

Listening him I am reminded of my last walk to the vegetable market in Al Khalil / Hebron. When the Israel army shut down the old market next to the Avraham Avenu settlement, which violats the Sharm-Al-Sheikh agreement between Israel and Palestine, the entire city suffered. Reading piles of boxes with Hebrew labels, you get an idea of how Israeli companies make much profit by taking advantage of the inadequate water resources. According OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and an Amnesty International report Palestinians are denied next to their own water aquifer, which is under their own land. On average Israelis use 300 liters of water per day, Palestinians only 60 liters. Palestinians are not even allowed to dig their own wells. The situation in area C, which is controlled by Israeli forces is worse. Cisterns, which collect rainwater, are often destroyed by the Israeli army, to make life in this area more difficult. An official said: “It’s easy to make the fields bloom in dry areas (in Israel) when you deny others the use of their own water. “

For Abu Jamal it is important that his children get good education. He wants them to study in Abu Dis University, which is very expensive. That’s why he is risking a lot, sneaking across the border to earn money with an illegal job in Israel and sleeping without a shelter. On the one hand he finished his report, saying again: “What we can do?” On the other hand I am still thinking, he is still hoping for a better future for his growing family – not giving up.

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These issues of water deprivation, loss of economic opportunity and injustice do not get much attention in the conventional media. Please do more reading on this and encourage others to be informed.  See the most recent OCHA Protection of Civilians Weekly Report (it’s a pdf file).

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