This morning’s radio brought a rude reminder of injustice in the world. If you click here you will find a short item on how the olive groves are a source of conflict in the ‘occupied’ territories of Palestine.
I find it sad to find Israel’s actions are defended by some. It was a country born out of necessity, yet now appears to be handing out to others what it it’self is a reminder of. Repression of people due to class, race or religion is a despicable thing. Every political argument has it’s extremists - yet when the organs of state enable that it is horrendous. A perplexing part of the report - and one not fully explored by the Methodist blogs around this subject - is the concept of Israel being a land ‘promised by God’. How does anyone debate with that idea? How can you effectively tackle this in a way that doesn’t appear like you are attacking someones faith. The two are interlinked and on this occasion lead to injustice.
(Paul Martin has also picked this up)
John recommends seeing Lemon Tree, and I heartily agree.