P.S. ALSO SEE: “Nigeria’s Christian Zionists” | By Ogaga Ifowodo | theafricareport.com | 17 October 2014
[EXCERPT] As the horrors of the latest battle in the unending Israeli-Palestinian war shocked the world and Nigerian Christians cheered Israel to victory, I recalled a Pentecostal church service I attended in the southern city of Warri at the insistence of my born-again niece.
Didn’t Jehovah create the Palestinians? Aren’t they his children too?
The pastor urged his congregation to pray for Israel, once again threatened by her philistine neighbours. Then ensued a paroxysm of prayer and speaking- in-tongues.
The pastor stoked the frenzy: “Nothing the Palestinians could do would make God break his promise to his chosen people.”
“So why pray?”, I blurted out. No one noticed. I turned to my niece and asked her: “Didn’t Jehovah create the Palestinians? Aren’t they his children too? Why would he promise the land belonging to some of his children to some other children? Why would God the father play favouritism with his children?”
Her response: “You can’t question God.”
Three decades later, I ask the same questions of a cousin in whose living room we are viewing images of Israel’s unrestrained use of force in Gaza. He tells me the Palestinians do not deserve pity. . .