Let us recall Jesus meeting His mother as He carries His cross. She was unable to stand by quietly and see her innocent son accused, condemned and on His way to execution. Not only did she reach out to her son beneath His cross, she must have spoken out to the soldiers and tried to tell them of His innocence. Let us continue with the meditation and think of Jesus in contemporary Palestine.
As our Palestinian neighbors react with horror at television images
of dead babies in rubble in Gaza, and the Israeli army vows to continue
the onslaught there, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Hebron notes
the dangerous escalation here as well. Clashes to protest the Gaza
killings have erupted and soldiers have shot young men and boys
throwing stones at them. Sunday afternoon in Hebron, the Israeli army
shot and killed a twelve-year old Palestinian boy with a fragmenting
bullet through his chest. Last week, Israeli Special Forces invaded a
Beit Ummar home and later the same night invaded Hebron and confiscated
properties of Islamic charities. On Saturday in Beit Ummar, an Israeli
settler from Karme Tzur settlement fired toward unarmed Palestinians
trying to prune trees on their land.