Israel vs the Palestinian cause

A few weeks ago, I attended a film presentation and discussion hosted by a local group, Caribbean Against Apartheid in Palestine (CAAP). The documentary film entitled, Our Story, is self-described as providing “a Palestinian perspective on the history of occupation and ethnic cleansing. The story of the Palestinian people’s NON-VIOLENT action against apartheid.”

From my perspective, it is a must-see documentary for all Barbadians interested in learning more about the Palestinian people. Their history, present, and future in this documentary are told by Dr Mustafa Barghouthi who was born in Jerusalem in 1954.

Dr Barghouthi was one of the founders (Oct 2001) of Grassroots International Protection for the Palestinian People, a programme that aims to protect Palestinians, including those engaged in non-violent protest, through the presence of international civilians to deter or at least bear witness to Israeli Defence Force and settler violence. He also serves as an Associate of the Oxford Research Group, a programme dedicated to developing effective methods for positive change on security issues through non-violent means.

In June 2002, Dr Barghouthi co-founded the Palestinian National Initiative and currently serves as its Secretary-General. The Initiative aims to develop mass non-violence and international solidarity as the preferred means of resisting the Israeli Occupation.

Dr Barghouthi points out: “If those who suffered during the Holocaust and died would come back to life, I am sure they will be today supportive of the Palestinian rights, because they would not accept injustice that they were also subjected to.”

The documentary, Our Story, gives us a clearer picture of what Palestinians face daily in the occupied territories and what he and the people with him are doing through non-violent means to end the occupation and atrocities.

I know too well that we are subjected to news reports almost completely devoid of any information that highlights non-violent actions against the Israeli Government. All we seem to be fed is that Palestinians are terrorists hell-bent on wiping Israel off the map. That is why discussions like those held by CAAP are important for the Barbadian public to get a better understanding.

I was pleased to see a cross-section of Barbadians there that night who interacted and asked questions. The featured speaker after the film was the grandson of a Palestinian refugee who eventually ended up settling in the Canary Islands. Alejandro Escamilla-Hadia spoke of his grandfather’s plight in the 1940’s as Palestinian lands were forcibly taken and Israel became a state.

The group CAAP was formed to highlight the apartheid policies of the Israeli Government. It also seeks to advocate for greater recognition of the Palestinian people. I expect that CAAP’s task will not be easy. The narrative here, for a very long time, is that Israel has every right to exist and whatever happens to the Palestinian people is of their own making.

This narrative tends to sidestep the issue of atrocities carried out by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people. This narrative is reinforced by persons like Pastor Flloyd N. Hall who also writes for Barbados TODAY. In his column His World Agenda of January 30, he writes under the title Jewish ownership is clear, “…Israel has the right to expand and develop the area as it sees fit. It actually belongs to the Israelis.”

This type of thinking as espoused by some Christians suggests that the state of Israel has a God-given right to do whatever it wants to the Palestinian people in order to maintain its status. This narrative and type of thinking are grossly inaccurate and my readings and research have led me to learn that there are many Christians themselves who do not support this idea of a God-given right to Palestinian lands.

For example, Dr Benjamin L. Corey writes “No, The Bible Doesn’t Command We ‘Stand With Israel’”. Dr Corey is a theological scholar, author, speaker, and blogger. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell and received his Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Fuller. In his article found on patheos.com, he writes: “When reporting or lamenting over the gross human rights violations and genocide by the modern state of Israel against the Palestinian people, many Christians immediately freak the heck out.”

He added: “In fact, I am often told that I am “not a Christian” because I dare criticize the state of Israel’s behaviour, as if blind support of a modern nation state were an obligation of being a true Christian.…God commands us to stand with Israel! But is that even true? Preachers will claim God commands we stand with Israel in order to be blessed, but that’s not what the Bible says.

“In Genesis 12:3, God is reported to have told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” This was a promise to Abraham- neither biblical Israel nor modern Israel existed when this was written. It was a promise to Abraham as part of God’s covenant with him. The same preachers say, “Yes! It was a promise to Abraham and that extends to his descendants- Israel” but that’s not the whole story, either.

“The Bible actually teaches that “not all that descended from Israel belong to Israel” (Romans 9:6) and that a true descendant of Abraham is not ethnic but a matter of the heart (Romans 2:29). Israel as a nation state is not what the Bible talks about when it talks about Israel. The New Testament Israel is comprised of all those who accept the King of Israel: Jesus. The biblical prophets are the last people who would seem “pro-Israel” because they were constantly rebuking Israel for bad behaviour. And they didn’t hold back forceful language, either– some wrote that God utterly hated every expression of their religion because they were ignoring justice for the poor and marginalized.”

Dr Corey continued: “The Bible doesn’t command we blindly support people who are committing evil acts. This is a concept we seem to understand in day-to-day life, but all logic goes out the window when it comes to standing with Israel. Blindly supporting Israel would be like supporting a friend or family member regardless of their behaviour, and I see nothing in the Bible or the teachings of Jesus that suggests we are supposed to support those who do evil, as they do evil.

“Israel is an apartheid state where the indigenous people are oppressed and victims of untold daily discrimination and violence; a place where Christians have had to petition the government so that they can walk down the street without being spat upon, a place where Christian places of worship are routinely attacked, where Palestinian children are mercilessly oppressed and even slaughtered, and a nation that is consistently rebuked by the international community for human rights violations that would not be tolerated anywhere else in the world.”

It is interesting to note a comment to this article by a Palestinian Christian: “Thank you for the article. I can safely assume that my thanks are on behalf of all Palestinian Christians who have no place in the destructive eschatology of the Evangelicals. What is happening to us, the true descendants of the land, cannot be looked upon as collateral damage. The church of the Holy Land is quickly diminishing. 1400 years of Islamic rule did not do a fraction of the damage done in less than a 70 years of Israeli rule…”

(Suleiman Bulbulia is a Justice of the Peace. Secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association and Muslim Chaplain at the Cave Hill Campus, UWI. Email: suleimanbulbulia@hotmail.com)

15 Responses to Israel vs the Palestinian cause

  1. seagul April 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I personally don’t believe they will get a chance to invade Iran. They tried it in the past and failed. I think Syria will be the downfall. Yes Iran will be involved in the conflict as they have promised to defend Assad in Syria to the very end. Destruction of Syria is part of the greater plan. A plan which will fail. Of course the real hebrews will ….get up–stand up. Stand up for the right.
    I feel war coming. It’s time to get ready!!

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    • Jennifer April 19, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      @Seagul – I will strongly suggest to you when you mention about the real Hebrews that you will research this topic very carefully before commenting on this area. If you need more info a simple quick bible read of the book of Deuteronomy 28 (the curses) will show you who these recipients are. I hope you know that the Israelis aka khazars currently in the land ave no connection what so ever to the Israelis aka Hebrews. The earth is under great great deception. There is only one nation which can say that they fit the criteria of the curses which befell the TRUE nation of Israel, which continues today. You can visit u tube, the scriptures or even google too. The true Hebrews are currently catching hell in the four corners of the earth and being oppressed. The Palestinians or philistines are the same illegitimate state as those so called isrealies in that land.

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      • Jennifer April 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm

        @Seagul – I will strongly suggest to you when you mention about the real Hebrews that you will research this topic very carefully before commenting on this area. If you need more info a simple quick bible read of the book of Deuteronomy 28 (the curses) will show you who these recipients are. I hope you know that the Israelis aka khazars currently in the land ave no connection what so ever to the Israelis aka Hebrews. The earth is under great great deception. There is only one nation which can say that they fit the criteria of the curses which befell the TRUE nation of Israel, which continues today. You can visit u tube, the scriptures or even google too. The true Hebrews are currently catching hell in the four corners of the earth and being oppressed. The Palestinians or philistines are the same illegitimate state as those so called isrealies in that land.

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        • Jennifer April 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm

          I like i got a gin. Did not upload this two times at all.

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      • Jennifer April 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

        @Seagul – my apologies Well said. Of course the real hebrews will ….get up–stand up. Stand up for the right. Don’t give up the fight. luv ya

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        • Jennifer April 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

          wow – after so many years evil forces still at work. Thats why this place will light up like a CAULDRON.

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  2. Walter Prescod April 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Bajans know so little or nothing about the Palestinian cause, as most of them follow Israel blindly. Israel is no different to S. A. before N.M. was resease van prison.

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  3. allison archer April 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    why don’t you provide balance , tell us how much the Palestinians ( formerly the Philistines) would always be strategizing to annihilate Israel, tell us how many Israelites have suffered through persecution and murder at the hands of those Palestinians/muslims, tell us how many virgins a muslim must receive for strapping a bomb to his person and detonating it making Israel to retaliate, tell us

    this conflict has been ongoing since God establish the Covenant with Abraham, read Genesis 26 study how Isaac had to contend with them, all in the book of Judges the Philistines persecuted Israel, study what they did to Samson, David and God’s people
    God’s word is a living word and there is need to conduct a proper exegesis of the bible not reading into the word
    you people have your own evil agenda to create divisions between the West and Israel just as Ishmael(father of muslims) was there scorning/ mocking Isaac (Israel) Gen 21:9

    none of us will be alive today without Israel, God the Son was born through the seed of Israel therefore He is Son of David, Jesus is an Israelite identifying with His people that’s why Michael the archangel always stand up and fight for Israel, in 1967 you guys can’t understand how Israel won that war
    muslims are just mad because God through Abraham kick out Ishmael along with his other children eastward (Gen 25:6) and chose Isaac reenacting the covenant with him (Gen 25:5)
    God promised Abraham He will establish His covenant with Isaac ( Gen 17:21) therefore every promise made with the father of many nations has been pass to his son Isaac and for all those who choose to bless Abraham and not curse him

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  4. allison archer April 19, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    if people will just read their bible, there are certain principles if one have enough common sense can define for themselves but they are people who believes everything the media says and anyone they perceive as intelligent, for it is written 1 Corinthians 1:19 I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside

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  5. seagul April 20, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Hello ??????? Dr Corey continued: “The Bible doesn’t command we blindly support people who are committing evil acts. This is a concept we seem to understand in day-to-day life, but all logic goes out the window when it comes to standing with Israel. Blindly supporting Israel would be like supporting a friend or family member regardless of their behaviour, and I see nothing in the Bible or the teachings of Jesus that suggests we are supposed to support those who do evil, as they do evil.
    Where lies your moral logical fibre??

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    • allison archer April 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      who cares what Dr. Corey or any man says, God’s word is the final arbiter for all truth
      I subject my will to the Creator of the heavens and the earth declaring let Your will be done Jesus the Christ in the heavens, on earth and under the earth
      there is nothing more to be discuss, Israel belong to Him

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  6. seagul April 20, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    These Ramblings of an insane Man looking for answers and Spreading That Idiotic Lie To Others and Promoting the Most Horrible Things Man Can Do. How was that? Because I think that covers the Bible perfectly. When not just one but millions of people worship a homophobic, racist, xenophobic, hypocritical, megalomaniac and back their belief up with a 5,000 year old book. Now read through the Bible again and realize just how much I said earlier is true. I am not trying to shame you. Believe in what you wanna believe in, but see the other side of the argument. Don’t worry, I get you’ve probably been taught this your entire life, and I get where you’re coming from. Hope this could help you understand. Sorry if this offended you. It’s just my opinion. Bye.

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    • allison archer April 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Seagul you have not offended me, I must contend for the faith of Jesus Christ for He is our Creator desiring relationship with us, you know man is God’s most treasured possession and He has given& done His all to redeem us John 3:16, there is so much knowledge spewing to man which worships any/ everything except the Living God, depreciating man into a bewildered state with satan counterfeiting all that is Godly.

      Shall man’s unbelief make the faith of Christ null and void? God forbid. There is only one true religion which began with Israel in the O.T extended in N.T with Christians (Gentiles) being grafted in among Israel, all others are from the devil himself so that’s why one will find all that vice you penned operating in “church” but Seagul for you to form that judgement there have to be a measuring rod, understand? to know right there has to be a left, to know bad there has to be good, up down, empty full meaning then for you to know error there must be truth.
      The bible is the Living word of God John 1:14 which speaks to the was, is and is to come, an accurate prophetic book instructing man with the solution for every issue on earth. It is not a cleverly devised fable that the world alleged but eyewitnesses then and now confirming giving a truthful account of God dwelling among men, His Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of the Almighty God 1 John 5:13, 1 Corinthians 15: 5-8
      just as you trust every definition in the dictionary written by man many years ago, none questions it even so now believe the Bible John 3:16 which was inscribed by God’s Spirit.
      Sin is what separates us from Him and unbelief is sin Hebrews 3:12,19 & 4:6,11
      Read what unbelief does to us 1 Timothy 1:13 however if we would just consider mercy is extended Romans 11:30
      when one has met Him, life is transformed becoming a victorious overcomer, we no longer need to be a slave to the stuff (sin) that had us bound, Messianic Jews & Christians are washed and clean(sanctified) that we may once more for all eternity dwell in His presence
      maybe you need to read it again not for information but seeking truth
      Psalm 34 :8 come taste and see that the Lord is good, bless is that man that trust in Him
      be bless in Christ

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  7. seagul April 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hey, in the name of our common values we must never accept hate on the basis of a religious or spiritual affiliation.
    I respect all religions, but I’m not a religious person. But I try and live life in the right way, respecting other people. I wasn’t brought up in not believing there’s something out there that looks after you ….There’s no old man in the sky, but there’s a conscience in you and the black Hebrews are the original….
    The greatest menace for people of faith and tolerance is the circle of activity that imitates and counterfeits the realness of the spirit. Out of that spirit comes a call for us to understand that for our own good, for our own survival there are sacrifices to be made.
    Along the road you must be true to your humanity.
    Deep soul…

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  8. allison archer April 23, 2017 at 12:58 am

    but Seagul the Hebrews are God’s people also known as the Israelites/ Jews, you have me confuse.
    The bible points out that after Cain killed Abel the people turned away from God, it was only after Seth was born that they began to call upon Him but the people went astray again polluting the land, in tracing the genealogy in chapter 5 God made a covenant with a survivor after the flood of the Seth lineage which was Noah chapter 9 verse 9 is very crucial,
    The promise that the covenant also will be establish through Noah’s seed was enacted through Shem who was the great grandfather of Eber/Heber (the two patriarchs) who was the forefather of the second Patriarch Abraham (father of many nations) who was the first to be recognized as Hebrew Gen 14:13 where the third covenant was instituted which embraces us Gentiles into this relationship with the Hebrew God Jesus Christ, remember anyone born outside of Israel is a Gentile

    The lineage of Abraham who was the great grandfather of Judah being the fore parent of David whose loins God the Son Jesus was birth through who now we have such a great salvation, this family tree is found for Mary in Luke 4 and Joseph in Matthew 1

    Seagul we must treat the bible as a whole not just live by the O.T (part of) and other historic writings which when challenge will cause one to question their authenticity even as you do the bible

    And by the way if the original Hebrews were black why in Numbers 12 was Miriam and Aaron angry with Moses for marrying an Ethiopian woman, if they were all black this Ethiopian would have been embrace in their family wouldn’t she? more so Miriam was the first racist to be found in the Israelites camp with God striking her with leprosy, do not want to stray from the point I am making for that’s another study just wanted you to see the Israelites/ Hebrews / Jews could never have been black never
    If one desires truth God will teach you and make you free from all those shackles we have binding our minds just be willing to accept it and change
    Be bless in Christ love

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