An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Monday, May 05, 2008
How Can Grown Men do This to Little Children?
Brave Israeli soldiers fighting the global war on terror by stealing cloth from a girl's orphanage.
"At 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday 30 April, the Israeli military raided the Hebron Girls' Orphanage in the H1 area of Hebron. [In 1997 the Hebron Protocol (part of Oslo II), signed by the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority divided Hebron into two areas: H2 under Israeli military control and H1 under Palestinian control (civilian and security)].
Acting on orders issued by Major General Shemni, soldiers looted the workshop of all its sewing and processing machines, office equipment, rolls of cloth, finished clothing, and supplies. CPT members documented, with still photos and video, approximately forty Israeli soldiers emptying the workshop contents into two large trucks. The estimated value of the physical material taken is $45,000 U.S. The cost in terms of the fear instilled in the hearts of the little girls living above the workshop is much higher." - Christian Peacemaker Teams
The answer to the question above is that in order to steal the hope from a people and destroy their will to live, it is necessary to make life unlivable for the children of that people, be they orphans or family children. Please see the videos at Orphans Under Threat if you wish to see how the Israelis treat the weakest and most vulnerable human beings on the planet. Struggling to survive and find a trade, the Israelis steal the last shred of hope from girls who have lost everything, their land, their people, their home. They do this to make the land "safe" for themselves and their children. But there is a God who sees their deeds and he has acted before and he will again.
"I am talking to you today from this place, from my home, from my school, from my class," Shriteh told a handful of independent media and assembled local and international supporters at a press conference Apr. 7 inside the Al-Shar'iya Girls Orphanage. "But tomorrow I'll be talking to you as a lonely, lost person from the street." - IPS News Service