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The Resurrection of the Fourth Estate and The Way to Heal the Holy Land

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In November 2006, this reporter was one of among over 330 international ecumenical Christians who had gathered in East Jerusalem to attend Sabeel’s [Arabic for "THE WAY"] 6th International Conference The Forgotten Faithful, AKA: Palestinian Christians.

The indigenous Palestinian Christians, the descendents of  first century Christians numbers have declined from 20% of the total Holy Land population to less than 1.3% since 1948 and the Christian EXODUS has reached the crisis point.

The reasons for the shrinking Christian witness in the Holy Land are primarily the Occupation, lack of economic opportunity, and The Wall which is composed of 25 to 30 foot high concrete slabs with razor wire, trenches, sniper towers, electric fences, military roads, electronic surveillance, remote controlled infantry and buffer zones that stretch over 100 miles wide that deny Palestinians access to their land, families, jobs, resources and holy sites.

 The Founder of Sabeel, the Anglican Reverend Naim Ateek, a '48 refugee and author of Justice and Only Justice, sent chills through me when he stated,

 "Israel will not survive unless it does justice! The situation is deteriorating and we must frustrate Israel's plans and actions because they are not built on justice. All we are asking for is that they honor International Law! Israel is afraid of International law and this proves something is very wrong with Israel. We want Israel to live in peace and with security. The only way is honoring International law. That is the bottom line and what we work and pray for."

  

Prayer alone is never enough, for God is not an errand boy waiting to fulfill our desires. Prayer without work is hypocrisy and only the truth "can set you free." [John 8:32]

  

The pendulum is always swinging, and the pathetic lap dogs who took down this Administration's talking points after 9/11 and colluded in taking us to war, are being challenged by truth seeking reporters who are resurrecting the Fourth Estate.

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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...)
 

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