A View on Gaza from Bethlehem

The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, recently posted a reflection on events in Gaza.

Here are some excerpts. Mitri writes:

"The most important thing, I believe, is not what we are told and shown, but what this war is trying to hide. Here are some of the intentions as I see them:  

"1) The two-state solution is the intended victim of the war on Gaza.

"2)  Regional power struggles continue to be played out in Palestine.

"3)  Gaza is the new poster-child for justifying humanitarian aid.

"I know how children in Gaza are now being traumatized, how families are scared to death, not knowing who’s next. And yet it was at that time that we wrote: 'We will never give up on our town and on the wellness of our community. We will continue to build and rebuild, to train and educate, to empower and to create life in the midst of death. We will continue to call for justice and reconciliation in the midst of rising hate, revenge and retaliation.' This was as true then as it is now."

Read the whole thoughtful, thought-provoking reflection from a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission parter. 

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