Empathizing with Both Israel and Palestinian Victims of Violence

Empathizing with Both Israel and Palestinian Victims of Violence

In 2005, 2006, 2008, I lived with Palestinians in the West Bank in the maelstrom of Jewish settler violence. I was a trained member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. We worked along with Jewish peace activists and their organizations. So I have empathy for Palestinians who suffer from violence and oppression. I also have empathy for Jews who also have suffered horrendous violent persecution, with hatred against them still prevalent. So many Jews see the state of Israel as a haven.See this insightful article by pastor Jonny Rashid that says what I feel.

Why Israel Should Stick to the Original Version of Zionism

Why Israel Should Stick to the Original Version of Zionism

The following article’s subtitle says to modern Jews, “It was not baseless hatred that led to the destruction of the Temple in antiquity. It was the arrogance of the military and the absence of political judiciousness – precisely the same dangers we now face.” Read this lament by a modern Jewish author who distinguishes between God’s original intent for Israel and Israel’s misappropriation over millennia.  HERE FOR LINK TO ARTICLE

Israelis Know That True Democracy Will Spell the End of Zionism. by Gideon Levy in Haaretz

Israelis Know That True Democracy Will Spell the End of Zionism. by Gideon Levy in Haaretz

Haaretz is a newspaper published in Israel that I subscribe to online. Haaretz opinion pieces and reporting includes articles critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Gideon Levy argues that the Apartheid treatment of Palestinians cannot comport with the illusion that Israel is a democracy. Levy states that Zionism in its present form means Israel as a Jewish state with special benefits to Jews. This does not comport with the democracy concept of equality of voting.For the article, see here.