When Silence Is Not Golden

Candle

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil:

God will not hold us guiltless.

Not to speak is to speak.

Not to act is to act.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

As we remember Yom Ha Shoah -The Holocaust Memorial Day, it is easy to imagine brutal Nazi’s in their uniforms with their cold hard stares. But Dietrich’s quote reveals the true reality of what led to this most tragic episode of our blood drenched history. All humanity who knew something of what was unfolding in Europe had a responsibility to speak or act on behalf of those whose freedom and life were being stolen away; responsible to choose to stand on the side of justice and humanity and be ambassadors for the Creator of life. Continue reading

Is Israel Above Criticism? – NZ Herald

This morning the NZ Herald published an article by Rachel Smalley titled:

Is Israel above criticism?

I had a comment to give but only half would fit into the 1200 character space allowable… By the time it had been cut, sliced and diced down to the acceptable length the ‘debate had been closed.’ So instead the ‘full version’ of my 2 cents worth will find its outlet below. Continue reading

Ben Gurion: Trail Blazer Of Women’s Rights In The Middle East.

I recently read Martin Gilbert’s “Israel – A History” which takes the reader through Israel’s history from the time Jewish people had lived in the land and were immigrating in the 1800s, right through and up to 2008.

I was particularly impressed with one of the four principles Ben Gurion intended would guide him in his leadership of the new state of Israel. Along with collective responsibility within the government, a strengthening of ties and working for peace for Israel’s national and international relations and maintaining a Labor majority in Government is the following statement: Continue reading

Israel’s Legal Title to the Land

Dr Jacques GAUTHIER

image sourced ecrgroup.eu

Listen and watch Dr Jacques Gauthier, a French-Canadian international human rights lawyer. He spent 26 years researching “Who has legal title to Jerusalem (and therefore all the land)” for his Ph.D thesis awarded by Geneva University. His unequivocal answer: the Jewish people; and this being based purely on international law.

Christine

The Cost of Peace

Following on from ‘1948 Israel Invaded

Israel’s reality of the last 19 years was about to change all within six days.

‘Israel on the eve of the 1967 Six-Day War was a country of more than 2.5 million people, of whom approximately 87 percent were Jews. Its 7,200 square miles … comprised one-tenth of one percent of the Middle East landmass, and less than two percent of the region’s total population’. sixdaywar.org (an indepth site on the 6 day war)

Did Israel Start the Six Day War? (gives a brief summary of events for those with limited time)

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1948 – Israel Invaded!

following on fromEvil Land Grabbing Israel -Really?

Sept 1922The day after Israel declares her independence, officially becoming the new State of Israel, her neighbours go to war with her. A combined invasion by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, together with expeditionary forces from Iraq, entered Israel – Jordan having declared privately to Jewish emissaries 13 days previously on 2 May that it would abide by a decision not to attack the Jewish State. Hmm…

jordan

‘Jordanian occupation of the West Bank’ refers to the occupation and annexation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) by Jordan (formerly Transjordan), during a period of nearly two decades (1948–1967) Continue reading

New Zealand To Prosper?

 

Psalm 122:6:
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you”.

The Bible is clear that all of us who desire to serve Yahweh in Spirit and in truth need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I was both saddened and encouraged by the following article from the Zionist Federation of New Zealand. It is a good read and gives counter arguments to all of us that are standing with Israel and her Jewish Messiah.

Letter to Kia Ora Gaza

Tiana

Evil Land Grabbing Israel -Really?

A month or so back I found myself lost for words in the face of a friend’s confident assertion of Israel’s evil concerning the Palestinians. It wasn’t a new attitude seldom heard. Very much common place and for the most part unquestioned, it is given as fact largely because of incredible media bias, that unfortunately plays a big part in the shaping our individual and collective opinions. I just went blank.

Because of her confidence, I began to wonder whether the accusation levelled at me (on a previous occasion) – of my obvious bias originating not from actual history of world events but from America’s biblebelt of pro-Israel christianity – actually had some merit, as the ‘truth’ presents as very much bipolar on this topic, dependent on the side taken. Because I Continue reading