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Christians living in occupied Palestine. Read and forever scorn the professional liars and scam artists: Walid Shoebat and Usama Dakdok; often heard in the center of deceit: VCY AMERICA.

May 21, 2013

My Fellow Christians: Instead of listening to the lies and deceptions brought to you by many in the Christian Radio Broadcast Business, dealing with the status of our fellow Christians living and enduring the hardships of life under Israeli occupation ;why not read what they themselves are saying and believing about their situation.

“The “Moment of Truth” document may be the most important document ever in condemning the Jewish state’s treatment of its Christian natives. It is endorsed by 13 different major churches in the region. When you can get that kind of universal agreement from this diverse a group, that is saying something.” :

WE HEAR THE CRY OF OUR CHILDRENWe, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, hear the cry of hope that our
children have launched in these difficult times that we still experience in this Holy Land.
We support them and stand by them in their faith, their hope, their love and their vision
for the future. We also support the call to all our faithful as well as to the Israeli and
Palestinian Leaders, to the International Community and to the World Churches, in order
to accelerate the achievement of justice, peace and reconciliation in this Holy Land . We
ask God to bless all our children by giving them more power in order to contribute
effectively in establishing and developing their community, while making it a community
of love, trust, justice and peace.

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox
His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Church
His Beatitude Patriarch Torkom Manougian, Armenian Orthodox
Very Revd Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custody of the Holy Land
H.E. Archbishop Dr Anba Abraham, Coptic
H.E. Archbishop Mar Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox
H.E. Archbishop Paul Nabil Sayah, Maronite
H.E. Archbishop Abba Mathaious, Ethiopian
H.E. Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek Catholic
Bishop Gregor Peter Malki, Syrian Catholic
Bishop Munib A. Younan, Lutheran
Bishop Suheil Dawani, Anglican
Bishop Raphael Minassian, Armenian Catholic
Here are some of the statements made inside.

Kairos Palestine

This document is the Christian Palestinians’ word to the world about what is happening
in Palestine. It is written at this time when we wanted to see the Glory of the grace of
God in this land and in the sufferings of its people. In this spirit the document requests
the international community to stand by the Palestinian people who have faced
oppression, displacement, suffering and clear apartheid for more than six decades. The
suffering continues while the international community silently looks on at the occupying
State, Israel. Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it
first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking
them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace in our
region, calling on them to revisit theologies that justify crimes perpetrated against our
people and the dispossession of the land.

In this historic document, we Palestinian Christians declare that the military occupation
of our land is a sin against God and humanity, and that any theology that legitimizes the
occupation is far from Christian teachings because true Christian theology is a theology
of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples.
This document did not come about spontaneously, and it is not the result of a
coincidence. It is not a theoretical theological study or a policy paper, but is rather a
document of faith and work. Its importance stems from the sincere expression of the
concerns of the people and their view of this moment in history we are living through. It
seeks to be prophetic in addressing things as they are without equivocation and with
boldness, in addition it puts forward ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and
all forms of discrimination as the solution that will lead to a just and lasting peace with
the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital. The
document also demands that all peoples, political leaders and decision-makers put
pressure on Israel and take legal measures in order to oblige its government to put an end
to its oppression and disregard for the international law. The document also holds a clear
position that non-violent resistance to this injustice is a right and duty for all Palestinians
including Christians.

The initiators of this document have been working on it for more than a year, in prayer
and discussion, guided by their faith in God and their love for their people, accepting
advice from many friends: Palestinians, Arabs and those from the wider international
community. We are grateful to our friends for their solidarity with us.

As Palestinian Christians we hope that this document will provide the turning point to
focus the efforts of all peace-loving peoples in the world, especially our Christian sisters
and brothers.

….

We believe that liberation from occupation is in the interest of all peoples in the region because the
problem is not just a political one, but one in which human beings are destroyed.

A moment of truth

A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering
Introduction

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of
opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation,
with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever
vigilant, in God’s divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the
mystery of God’s love for all, the mystery of God’s divine presence in the history of all
peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word
based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope
and love.

Why now? Because today we have reached a dead end in the tragedy of the
Palestinian people. The decision-makers content themselves with managing the crisis
rather than committing themselves to the serious task of finding a way to resolve it. The
hearts of the faithful are filled with pain and with questioning: What is the international
community doing? What are the political leaders in Palestine, in Israel and in the Arab
world doing? What is the Church doing? The problem is not just a political one. It is a
policy in which human beings are destroyed, and this must be of concern to the Church.
We address ourselves to our brothers and sisters, members of our Churches in this
land. We call out as Christians and as Palestinians to our religious and political leaders, to
our Palestinian society and to the Israeli society, to the international community, and to
our Christian brothers and sisters in the Churches around the world .

1. The reality on the ground

1.1 “They say: ‘Peace, peace’ when there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14). These days,
everyone is speaking about peace in the Middle East and the peace process. So far,
however, these are simply words; the reality is one of Israeli occupation of Palestinian
territories, deprivation of our freedom and all that results from this situation:

1.1.1 The separation wall erected on Palestinian territory, a large part of which has
been confiscated for this purpose, has turned our towns and villages into prisons,
separating them from one another, making them dispersed and divided cantons. Gaza,
especially after the cruel war Israel launched against it during December 2008 and
January 2009, continues to live in inhuman conditions, under permanent blockade and cut
off from the other Palestinian territories .

1.1.2 Israeli settlements ravage our land in the name of God and in the name of
force, controlling our natural resources, including water and agricultural land, thus
depriving hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, and constituting an obstacle to any
political solution.

1.1.3 Reality is the daily humiliation to which we are subjected at the military
checkpoints, as we make our way to jobs, schools or hospitals.

51.1.4 Reality is the separation between members of the same family, making
family life impossible for thousands of Palestinians, especially where one of the spouses
does not have an Israeli identity card.

1.1.5 Religious liberty is severely restricted; the freedom of access to the holy
places is denied under the pretext of security. Jerusalem and its holy places are out of
bounds for many Christians and Muslims from the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Even
Jerusalemites face restrictions during the religious feasts. Some of our Arab clergy are
regularly barred from entering Jerusalem .

1.1.6 Refugees are also part of our reality. Most of them are still living in camps
under difficult circumstances. They have been waiting for their right of return, generation
after generation. What will be their fate?

1.1.7 And the prisoners? The thousands of prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons
are part of our reality. The Israelis move heaven and earth to gain the release of one
prisoner, and those thousands of Palestinian prisoners, when will they have their freedom?

1.1.8 Jerusalem is the heart of our reality. It is, at the same time, symbol of peace
and sign of conflict. While the separation wall divides Palestinian neighbourhoods,
Jerusalem continues to be emptied of its Palestinian citizens, Christians and Muslims.
Their identity cards are confiscated, which means the loss of their right to reside in
Jerusalem. Their homes are demolished or expropriated. Jerusalem, city of reconciliation,
has become a city of discrimination and exclusion, a source of struggle rather than peace .

1.2 Also part of this reality is the Israeli disregard of international law and
international resolutions, as well as the paralysis of the Arab world and the international
community in the face of this contempt. Human rights are violated and despite the various
reports of local and international human rights’ organizations, the injustice continues.

1.2.1 Palestinians within the State of Israel, who have also suffered a historical
injustice, although they are citizens and have the rights and obligations of citizenship, still
suffer from discriminatory policies. They too are waiting to enjoy full rights and equality
like all other citizens in the state.

1.3 Emigration is another element in our reality. The absence of any vision or
spark of hope for peace and freedom pushes young people, both Muslim and Christian, to
emigrate. Thus the land is deprived of its most important and richest resource – educated
youth. The shrinking number of Christians, particularly in Palestine, is one of the
dangerous consequences, both of this conflict, and of the local and international paralysis
and failure to find a comprehensive solution to the problem.

1.4 In the face of this reality, Israel justifies its actions as self-defence, including
occupation, collective punishment and all other forms of reprisals against the Palestinians.
In our opinion, this vision is a reversal of reality. Yes, there is Palestinian resistance to the
occupation. However, if there were no occupation, there would be no resistance, no fear
and no insecurity. This is our understanding of the situation. Therefore, we call on the
Israelis to end the occupation. Then they will see a new world in which there is no fear, no
threat but rather security, justice and peace.

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