Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 6 (6 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   32 comments

Life Arts

There's Nothing Christian about Zionism

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 7 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 3   Well Said 3   Valuable 3  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to None 6/13/10

Become a Fan
  (17 fans)
A quick introduction quoting Dr. Ilan Pappe on You Tube

There's Nothing Christian about Zionism




On March 20, 2006, I traveled from the Little Town of Bethlehem: Occupied Territory to the Mount of Beatitudes in Israel. This awe inspiring site sits above the shimmering Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and I ended up delivering my own Sermon on that Mount!

Four Franciscan Sisters, one each from Syria, Jordan, Malta and Italy care for the shrine and the pilgrim guests at the Hospice Center where I spent two nights and a day of silent reflection after nine days on a Sabeel Reality tour through occupied Palestine.

At dinner a Catholic Pentecostal from Scotland introduced himself and asked me why I was there and what church I was from.

I responded that I have Irish Roman Catholic, Polish Jew, Russian Orthodox DNA, but my rock is The Beatitudes.

He looked even more perplexed when I told him I had come to the Mount of Beatitudes to decompress and reflect upon my nine days in Occupied Territory. I asked him if he were aware of the work of Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian liberation theology organization founded by a 1948 refugee, which promotes a theology of liberation, based on justice, peace, non-violence and reconciliation with all people regardless of faith path or nationality.

He sternly admonished me; "God gave this land to the Jews! The Bible never mentions Palestine, and that is that! God gave this land to the Jews and that is that!"

I responded just as fervently that the Palestinian Christians are the descendants of those who first followed Jesus and they have been denied inalienable human rights by the Israeli government. I told him the Christians in the Holy Land have shrunk from 20% of the total population to less than 1.3% since 1948 and if things don't change soon, there will be no Christians left in the land where Christ promised that it is the peacemakers who are the children of God.

He sputtered, "But the Jews have suffered! God gave this land to the Jews and that is that!"

This really got my Irish up and I retorted, "Yes they did because good people did nothing for far too long, and now the oppressed have become the oppressors. In the 21st century good people are unaware, ignoring or are in total denial of the injustices Israel gets away with in the so called Holy Land. And the Hebrew prophets, such as Micah reminded the people of what the Lord requires: To be just, to be merciful and to walk humbly with your God!"

I could NOT shut up although I knew that that Scotsman was trying to get away from me, but, I was on a tear and barely took a breath as I told him that instead of staying in Israel for his entire visit, he should go and witness life in the occupied territories; go and see the effects of The Wall on his spirit and see what it has done to the Palestinian economy. I told him he should go and tour some of the Bethlehem refugee camps and see the ruins of all the uncompensated home demolitions. I brought it on home by telling him that I also doubt that God was ever in the real estate business!

His eyes had bugged out and his mouth had dropped open while the torrent of words spewed out of me. After I finally shut up, he stammered, "But there is suffering everywhere!"

"Yes there is and Christ always stood up for the poor and the oppressed. And he told us what ever we do or do not do for the least and the outcast; we do it or not unto God."

He shook his head and turned and walked quickly away and never again looked my way.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7

 

Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
13 people are discussing this page, with 32 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Jesus was a social justice radical revolutionary ... by Eileen Fleming on Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 4:16:22 PM
Good work, as usual Eileen. Readers who like your ... by Guy Dwyer on Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 6:41:29 PM
"From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets t... by Eileen Fleming on Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 8:04:44 PM
First, great article, Eileeen, and good point Guy.... by Ruth on Sunday, Jun 13, 2010 at 9:19:10 PM
In solidarity with everything you said!If only we ... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 1:23:44 AM
Outside the bible or other church writingsthere is... by Progessive 1 on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 5:54:12 AM
7:45Beyond Theism and On with Evolution: Part One ... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 1:30:28 PM
In the begining, Man indulged in the "forbidden fr... by Arthur Avalon on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 1:28:13 PM
As 'saint' John Lennon said and sang:"That what pe... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 1:34:53 PM
I believe Nixon did not like John Lennon, because ... by Debbie S on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 2:37:50 PM
"We have seen the enemy and he is US"-PogoNixon wa... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 3:11:54 PM
War, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothin... by Debbie S on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 10:01:15 PM
2:Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (with Lyric)Got ... by Eileen Fleming on Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 6:40:32 AM
Thomas Jefferson, before Lennon and Adamson and so... by Arthur Avalon on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 2:39:28 PM
Thomas Jefferson did US a huge service whenhe weed... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 3:16:51 PM
Sorry, but I couldn't get past the first page and ... by sharon jarvis on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 2:09:25 PM
My take is that Eileen chose the title of her arti... by Arthur Avalon on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 2:54:33 PM
I wrote: The Christians in the Holy Land have shru... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 3:25:02 PM
I specifically asked what is your definition of th... by sharon jarvis on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:49:23 AM
All land is holy for The Divine created ALL, but h... by Eileen Fleming on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:24:54 AM
Humanscreate the god thatthey desire to be.A god i... by Philip Dennany on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 6:26:31 PM
Is where we hear the voice of The Divine IF we are... by Eileen Fleming on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:25:51 AM
Interesting timing, I just wrote on the same subje... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 9:51:41 PM
It's really an old story. I suggest you head down ... by Adam V on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:48:24 PM
The Israeli blockade on Gaza was begun as a direct... by Eileen Fleming on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:29:53 AM
Your profile reads:NYC............................... by Eileen Fleming on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:34:50 AM
People will do and justify anything in the name of... by Debbie Scally on Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 11:29:31 PM
And many who claim they are today-have nothing muc... by Eileen Fleming on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:40:12 AM
And not much about True Judaism either... by Eileen Fleming on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:32:46 AM
Even as bad as things are in Palestine. If this Fo... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:54:14 AM
Great article little sister. I'm not one to normal... by Michael Dewey on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 12:26:11 PM
Our Creator Loves All of Us and that is why we are... by Alfred P. Verhoeven on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 9:34:18 PM

 

Tell a Friend: Tell A Friend


Copyright © 2002-2015, OpEdNews

Powered by Populum