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I am a retired former clergyman, 82 years old, and currently an Orthodox Layman, an amateur anthropologist and author of a book on Orthodox Finland and another on Eastern European village life, as well as five Children's books.

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  • Read the article on censorship of Palestinian solidarity pulped by a German union publication under pressure from Zionist organizations
    • I have a deep bond with, and love for, Germany, where I served as an American Exchange Pastor over fifty years ago. Allow me two comments. First, shocking as it is to us who carry the pain of horror day and night, those who deny our witness truly don't know, and can't believe it. How often I've heard, that German boys wouldn't do things like that,...American boys wouldn't...and so on. Secondly, I feel strongly that it takes a piercing personal encounter to shatter the monumentally entrenched narrative. And oddly, ironically, that is just what is happening with the shredding, it is spreading the story that will shake the wall. Keep witnessing.

  • Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country -- 'Forward' breaks an important story
  • French premier says 'loathing of Jews' is behind BDS
    • I’ve known Jeff Halper for some fifty years since he came as a young man from Hibbing Minnesota to Macalester College where I was Chaplain. Fifty years I’ve watched him, followed his path, and been profoundly encouraged by his embodiment of the mighty stream of Jewish justice and righteousness, even though he denies to me that he came to college wanting to be a Rabbi. No, instead he became like Amos the shepherd of Tekoa, a prophet, striding the land with a call in word and deed to the mercy and commandments of God and the Torah. He is the very opposite of an Anti-Semite. He is instead a prophet rooted in the noblest of our Judaeo-Christian tradition.

  • Theocratic Israel
    • Thanks, I sense it is as I sort of figured. As long as he's just visiting and looking around he's okay. Mine was, or is, only a mild curiosity about when, or at what point, or in what cases, possible and probable social pressure might yield to some sort of legal constraint?

    • My grandson, the son of a christian raised mother who married a Jewish man, recently had his Bar Mitzvah. He now looks forward to visiting Israel. Will he have problems because he is uncircumcised Jew?

  • Israel will lose all American Jews but the crazies
    • I was walking along thinking that the old saying was about rats leaving a sinking ship, but then I stopped and chuckled as I said to myself: No now it is the crew and passengers fleeing the sinking ship and leaving it to the rats.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: The 15 most wanted (Church leader) list
  • Exile and the Prophetic: The interfaith ecumenical deal is dead
    • I remember so well an old Catholic priest back during the Vietnam war who summed it up so well for us Christians. He said: "The old adage says that silence is golden, but sometimes it is only silver, thirty pieces of it."

  • Report: Israel to give US only 12-hour warning before attacking Iran because Netanyahu doesn't trust Obama
    • James Wall in his Website :Wallwritings" writes: "Unlike the younger Bush and Bill Clinton, this Democratic president is resisting orders from Tel Aviv
      After the early January assassination of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, Barack Obama took an action US presidents before him rarely dared consider. He informed Israel that the US would not take part in the planned joint military exercises with Israel. Finally, the Big Dog took command of its own tail." Does anyone have news of this or a source for the claim. If true it would be a "God send"

  • Tearful April mornings
    • I read your tears on this very day that I posted the witness to mine:
      April 22nd, 2011
      A meditation by Alvin Alexsi Currier

      Good Friday this year is April 22nd, and April 22nd, is the day that little Salim died. This Good Friday as I kneel in prayer only half my heart will be watching Golgotha, most of my heart and soul will be caught up by the surging screaming crowds of that April 22nd, 63 years ago in Haifa. Obeying orders from the Zionist leadership, Commander Mordechai Maklef of Carmeli Brigade, led the attack to ethnically cleanse the city of Palestinians. Crazed Zionists from the Irgun and Stern gang joined the semi official Hagana in carrying out the orders. Their bullets killed little Salim.

      Through my tears the writhing body on the Good Friday cross morphs into the bloody dead toddler with dangling legs, carried by his screaming mother as she drags his nine year old sister along amidst the herd of stampeded humanity. With mortars Commander Ehud Alma of the artillery unit bombards the masses in the Marketplace. Seeking a boat to safety, a human tsunami breaks open the Palmer Gate to the pier. Plunging crowds trample those who stumble. People are pushed off the pier. Boats are swamped. Bodies bob in the bay.

      Today Salim’s sister is seventy two years old and counted as one of our dearest friends. This Good Friday marks the 63rd anniversary of that dark April 22nd, of 1948. She calls what happened then, the Nakba. Nakba, is an Arabic word for Catastrophe. In the catastrophe that visited Haifa 70,000 Palestinians were driven out of the city. Across the land over 700,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed. Over 400 of their villages were destroyed. Yet in the land of Israel that rose upon the ashes of the Palestinian catastrophe the Nakba is denied.

      April 22nd of this year also marks the fourth day of the Jewish feast of Passover. Pious Jews will eat bitter herbs to remember the bitterness of their ancestral slavery in Egypt. Pious Christians will remember the bitter suffering of their Lord on the cross, but the bitter suffering of the Palestinian Nakba will be denied by the one, even as it is unknown by the other. I cry. On this Good Friday I hug to my heart the sacred memory of little Salim. No one knows what the Zionist soldiers did with his body when they cleaned up after their conquest. His death like the Nakba that consumed him, is denied.

      Before the cross I will rock him as I pray through yet another anniversary. I will pray that the Jewish hands that hold the bitter herbs will lay down the pen that writes the checks to buy the congress and fund the continuing brutal conquest and occupation of the Holy Land. I will pray that the Christian conscience will be awakened anew to it’s prophetic calling. I will pray for a new life of peace born through the resurrection of justice, forgiveness, and love.

  • Entry 21: Hakenkreuz and Davidstern
  • Comments Policy
    • Dear Mondoweiss: 1.2.3.
      1. Has anyone followed up on the possibility that an unpaid Thai worker was behind the Itimar murders?
      2. Is there any study of the Thai workers community or their condietions in Itimar?
      3. Who could do this and shouldn't it be done before everyone is left believing (convinced) that Palestinians were behind the murder?

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