Thank You for Helping Gaza
by Mazin Qumsiyeh - PalestineNature.org
May 17, 2018
“When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British [now Americans] and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.” - Letter from Albert Einstein to Shepard Rifkin April 10, 1948
From Palestine, I can only say thank you to all who work tirelessly for peace and justice. As I get over 200 emails a day, I know of so many who do great actions. From 2000 people who gathered in Oslo Norway to protest the massacre and Gaza and show solidarity to lone individuals who wrote letters to editor or acted in some fashion even with a donation or a prayer.
Each and every one of those people lights candles in the darkness.
We will not conquer darkness but we will at least see ourselves and fellow human beings in new light. For that we are deeply thankful.
To our Muslim friends who begin the fast of Ramadan, they know that the best and most difficult jihad is internal jihad: changing our hearts and minds. My they find this month a real blessed season of reflection and enlightenment and work for peace and justice. My only wish is for more people to shed apathy and join the struggle. History and inner conscience will not be forgiving to those who do not act. You cannot be neutral on a moving train especially if you are Israeli, Jewish, or live in one of the Western Countries that helped keep tragedies going (USA, England, France etc).
There has been 70 years of ongoing Nakba, conflict and war since 1948 when the Zionist gangs ethnically cleansed hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns by military force. That experiment continues to cause unspeakable horrors here from wars to massacres (like that committed in Gaza). In 1948 there was on the other side of the world a remarkably different vision. In 1948, Costa Rica abolished its military. It has reaped benefits since then (see http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/bold.html ) Dare we dream of a demilitarized world and of a sharing and living together (see my 2004 book “Sharing the Land of Canaan”)
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It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist evangelicals who believe that the return of Jews to Israel will usher in the apocalypse and the return of Christ, after which Jews who don’t convert will burn forever. Religions like “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism” lead people “to an eternity of separation from God in Hell,” Robert Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, once said. He was chosen to give the opening prayer at the embassy ceremony. John Hagee, one of America’s most prominent end-times preachers, once said that Hitler was sent by God to drive the Jews to their ancestral homeland. He gave the closing benediction. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/opinion/jerusalem-embassy-gaza-protests.html
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