The Utter Uselessness of World Church buildings

[ Editor’s Note: Stu revisits a lost cause that has disappeared down the rabbit hold…

[ Editor’s Note: Stu revisits a lost cause that has disappeared down the rabbit hold while new ones, including a potential WWIII are on the horizon. The UnUnited Nations seems to have lost its Palestinian file, and world media seems to have lost interest.

The last story that got any exposure was the female Palestinian journalist that took a bullet through the head while covering an Israeli ‘security’ operation in the West Bank.

Stu has focused his beef today not on the UN or the media, but the World Council of Churches which has contributed only at the lowest possible level, calls for others to do something about the plight of the Palestinians.

Michel Sabbah

The WCC has a huge bully pulpit which it appears to save for other issues that are more easily fixed, while taking a pass on the Palestinian/Israeli Gordian Knot that remains unmolested to this day with no sanctions placed on Israel which would get its attention very quickly.

I remember the quote I got from an interview with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem two decades ago in Atlanta with Jim Clancy, a good closing statement from Patriarch Michel Sabbah, “The Palestinians, they are not crying for nothing,” a plain but concise description of their tragedy.

At the time, he and I agreed that Jerusalem should have been an international city administered by the UN, with access to all under its protection. But such practical solutions are often dismissed out of hand by the pretenders at the UN… Jim W. Dean ]

First revealed June 25, 2022

Precisely 5 years in the past the Nationwide Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) issued a ultimate plea for assist in an open letter to the World Council of Church buildings and the ecumenical motion. It was signed by over 30 organisations in Jerusalem, the West Financial institution and Gaza.

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It summed up the merciless and lawless state of affairs within the Holy Land.

“We’re nonetheless affected by 100 years of injustice and oppression that had been inflicted on the Palestinian individuals starting with the illegal Balfour declaration, intensified by way of the Nakba [Palestinian ‘catastrophe’] and the inflow of refugees, adopted by the Israeli occupation of the West Financial institution together with East Jerusalem and Gaza and the fragmentation of our individuals and our land by way of insurance policies of isolation and confiscation, and the constructing of Jewish-only settlements and the Apartheid Wall.

” 100 years later and there may be nonetheless no justice! Discrimination and inequality, navy occupation and systematic oppression are the rule…. Regardless of all the guarantees, countless summits, UN resolutions, non secular and lay chief’s callings – Palestinians are nonetheless craving for his or her freedom and independence, and searching for justice and equality”.

The message ended with these ominous phrases:

“Issues are past pressing. We’re on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The present status-quo is unsustainable. This could possibly be our final likelihood to attain a simply peace. As a Palestinian Christian group, this could possibly be our final alternative to avoid wasting the Christian presence on this land.”

‘Absence of all hope’

Ten years beforehand we’d had the ‘Amman Name’ on the WCC’s worldwide peace convention Church buildings collectively for Peace and Justice within the Center East held in Jordan. It contained quite a few imperatives. They boiled right down to this: “Sufficient is sufficient. No extra phrases with out deeds. It’s time for motion.”

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This was adopted in 2009 by the Kairos Doc calling itself a “cry of hope within the absence of all hope”. It stated they’d “reached a useless finish” within the tragedy of the Palestinian individuals and that decision-makers “content material themselves with managing the disaster fairly than committing themselves to the intense job of discovering a method to resolve it”.

The trustworthy had been asking: What’s the worldwide group doing? What are the political leaders in Palestine, in Israel and within the Arab world doing? What’s the Church doing?

“The issue is not only a political one. It’s a coverage during which human beings are destroyed, and this have to be of concern to the Church.”

Kairos advised the worldwide group bluntly to cease practising “double requirements” and begin implementing worldwide resolutions. “Selective utility of worldwide regulation threatens to go away us weak to a regulation of the jungle. It legitimizes the claims by sure armed teams and states that the worldwide group solely understands the logic of drive.”

What’s extra, Kairos known as for a system of financial sanctions and boycott to be utilized towards Israel – not as a revenge tactic however motion to succeed in a simply and definitive peace.

It additionally urged church buildings to revisit the fundamentalist positions getting used to help the evil insurance policies imposed on the Palestinian individuals, and to cease offering theological cowl for the injustices they endure.

What has the WCC truly achieved since then? It’s nice at making statements and little else. They only issued one. It’s the same old woffle during which the WCC “profoundly regrets” and does a number of urging and interesting to different our bodies (similar to governments), however there’s little motion past a heat tub of soppy phrases.

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Don’t they realise that the two-state resolution – which unbelievably continues to be “established WCC coverage” – has been useless for 20 years? And that interfaith dialogue which they treasure a lot is a cynical ploy?

Britain continues to be formally a Christian nation. You wouldn’t suppose that 26 bishops of the Church of England sit within the Higher Chamber of our Parliament – the Home of Lords – and…. do what?

In the meantime the Holy Land, the wellspring of their religion, is being stolen from below their sniffy noses.

Stuart Littlewood
25 June 2022

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