Thursday, January 7, 2010
Agony in Palestine
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
George Galloway was interviewed on Democracy Now this morning [90.7 in LA]. This is why I now listen to Amy Goodman's show every morning from 6-6:15 on my drive to work. Galloway is a member of British Parliament and he has taken on Palestine as his issue. He led a coalition of aid workers into Gaza through Egypt to bring medical supplies to the ravaged Palestinian people. They were delayed for a week due to Egypt's refusal to allow them through. Over the past year, Gaza has been on lock-down as its people continue to suffer the consequences of worldwide sanctions over the democratic election of Hamas. Galloway pointed out that he was not, personally, a supporter of Hamas, but that Palestinian people should be guaranteed free, democratic elections to choose who they want to lead them. Galloway described the situation as 'desperate,' noting that the nice hotel that he was staying in did not have any food and that he had personally witnessed women and childen digging through garbage in the early morning mist to find scraps of food to live on.
Galloway, who was an avid supporter of Barack Obama, expressed his disapointment with the present administration's efforts [or lack thereof] saying it was no different than the Bush administration despite Obama's beautiful Cairo speech which gave the Muslim world hope for an improvement from the American Empire.
This is the 3rd envoy of Viva Palestina that Galloway has led in the past few years.
Unfortunately, the political environment in the US is lock-step with Israel. Christians on theological autopilot believe that Israel should be supported at all costs and often cite references from Revelation or other apocalyptic literature about how God will use Israel in the drama of the end-times. However, EasyYolk is firmly rooted in a Christian vocation dedicated to justice and compassion. To take on the yolk of Jesus is to agonize over the pain and suffering of the Palestinian people who continue to suffering what many call apartheid and/or genocide at the hands of Israel's militarism. American media outlets give off the perspective that Israel is just doing what Israel needs to do in order to be safe from suicide bombers and home-made rockets launched from the Gaza strip. There are two sides to this issue, but one side continues to bear the brunt of the violence, economic sanctions and, ironically, the blame for Middle East tensions. We must raise our voice in groaning prayer and protest against this continuing injustice.