Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
Partners in the Fight
When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
So much has happened since our last ezine. There we were celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace when all of a sudden we were confronted with another reality - the coming of the reign of death in Gaza!
This terrible killing spree has cut me to the quick. Not only do I find myself lying awake at nights, grieving the horror of children in Gaza being killed in their sleep, but additionally I find my waking hours are plagued with shame I feel, as I see my own country and its allies turn a blind eye to this people's suffering or, worse still, tell them that they only have themselves to blame!
As I write I am driving North for a Summer holiday with my children (well, to be more precise, Ange is driving while I'm tapping away on the laptop). I'll be enjoying a time of peace and recreation with my children over the next few days. Even so, the children of Gaza will never be far from my mind. May God forgive our leaders for their terrible silence in the face of this horrendous human tragedy!
Click to enlarge to full-size. Be warned that these pics will upset you.
Why I marched alongside Muslim extremists in support of the People of Gaza!
I attended a march and a rally calling for justice for Gaza. When I agreed to go, I hadn’t realised that it was being organised by a radical Muslim group, but that would not have put me off even if I had known.
Indeed, if radical Muslims were organising it, this was all the more reason for me to be there and help establish a Christian presence. For the tragedy in Gaza is not a sectarian religious issue and must not be allowed to become one. It is an issue of injustice and human suffering, and this is relevant to all peoples, and should be especially significant to Christians. So I donned my black shirt and clerical collar and hung the largest crucifix I have around my neck, and Ange and I and young Joanna (who runs our Youth Group) set off to the city to join the rally.
I didn’t see many familiar faces amongst the thousand or so who were there. Indeed, we looked distinctively white and couldn’t join in all the chants, many of which were in Arabic. Having said that, the prevailing chant was ‘Free, Free Palestine', and we could join heartily in that one.
I noticed though that there were a number of ‘Muslims Unite’ placards alongside the ‘Free Gaza’ banners, and while they were not as numerous, they did spur me to want to show off my cross and to let this crowd know that it was not only Muslims who were concerned about what was happening to the people of Gaza.
Indeed, as the march wore on, I started to pray that the Good Lord might give me opportunity to say something to this crowd. And then He did! (continued here)
Father Dave's Guide to Gaza
There are two wars being fought in the Middle East at the moment:
The war of missiles and rockets, being fought between soldiers and civilians
The war of propaganda, where the fight is for the minds of the International community.
I'm doing my best through publications on www.fatherdave.org and through other suggestions here to offer you perspectives you probably won't find on Fox News. I'm not pretending that these perspectives are unbiased but I am hoping that they might provide a balance.
Bush, Obama and the Gaza Blitz by Patrick Buchanan. Buchanan was twice candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and has served three US presidents. He looks at the history of American-Israeli-Palestinian relations and uncovers the truth behind the official spin
Inside Gaza: a first-hand account by Sami Abdel-Shafi. With nowhere to run inside the sealed city, and nowhere to hide from the death that falls from the skies, this Gaza resident speaks candidly about his city and the hell he sees around him.
Pray for Gaza by Father Dave. This is my analysis of the crisis in which I try to debunk the myth that this fight was started by Hamas launching of rockets into Israeli territory.
Why Attack Gaza? by Uri Avnery. Former Israeli Knesset member, Uri Avnery, cuts through the spin to see the real motivation behind the attack on Gaza - ie. the political ambition of the leading candidates of February's Israeli elections.
Five more must-read articles
Amidst the mass of recent analyses that cut through the media spin and come to the heart of the Gaza tragedy, I recommend to you the following:
Israel's righteous fury and its victims in Gaza by Ilan Pappe. Israeli academic, Ilan Pappe, formerly of Haifa University, is now chair in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. Here he analyses how the Israeli government uses 'righteous fury' to mask the irrational and indefensible nature of their attacks upon Gaza.
End Game in Gaza War? by Augustus Richard Norton and Sara Roy. Professors Norton and Roy of Boston and Harvard Universities, respectively, look at the sinister political games being played by both Israeli and US officials that have led to the Gaza campaign.
My Expulsion from Israel by Richard Falk. Falk is professor of international law at Princeton University and the United Nations special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories. He is also Jewish. He looks at the attack on Gaza in the context of his own recent treatment by the Israeli government.
West Weak While Palestinians Pay by Greg Barnes. Barnes is an Australian barrister who has acted as advisor to both State and Federal governments. He hones in on the hypocrisy of both the Australian and US governments in blaming Hamas for the Gaza tragedy.
These are some of the best I've read, though I'm compiling a larger list on the forum. I would encourage you to add your own links to good articles you have found there too. Click here to see the current 'Guide to Gaza' article list and to add your own.
Some must-see Videos
While it is almost impossible to get video access to Gaza itself, there is still some excellent material appearing on YouTube at the moment:
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
This passage is from the second chapter of Matthew's Gospel, and it's one of the strangest stories ever to grace the pages of the New Testament!
These strange men who come to visit Jesus - they seem so out of place. Not only are they the wrong race and colour. They are the wrong religion! So who invited them? Click and listen ...
It was my privilege to be invited to address the rally for Gaza held in Sydney on Jan 4th.
I suspect that many of us wonder if anything can really be accomplished through these sorts of peaceful protests, but the only alternative is to leave the stage to the extremists with agendas of violence.
We might not be able to do much, but we must do what we can, and we certainly can not remain silent in the face of this horrendous genocide.