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    Christian Theological School demands protection for Palestinians

    LETTER ON THE PALESTINIAN SITUATION AND
    PEACE WITH JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    As members of the faculty of Pacific School of Religion, we wish to
    express our deep concern about the current violence in
    Israel/Palestine. We are alarmed at the present situation resulting
    from the continued occupation of the West Bank including East
    Jerusalem and Gaza by the state of Israel, more than seven years
    after the Oslo process began, and 33 years after the occupation took
    place. The United Nations, in Resolution 242, noted
    the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force." In
    recent years, the United States government has insisted on taking a
    unilateral role, controlling the negotiations between the
    Palestinians and the Israelis and pushing away the United Nations
    which called for the creation of the two states on November 29,
    1947. The U.S. has moved farther and farther from
    international law and U.N. resolutions which should govern the
    questions of statehood, definition of borders, water and other
    resources, settlements, return of refugees and the status of
    Jerusalem.

    The U.S. government has frequently weakened or vetoed U.N. objections
    to Israel's human rights abuses of the Palestinian people-abuses such
    as home demolitions, land confiscations, arbitrary arrest and
    torture. We are concerned, too, that the U.S. and many other
    governments which are signatories of the Fourth Geneva Convention
    (1949) which established protection for civilian population under
    belligerent occupation, have not intervened to make these
    provisions "prevail," as they are obligated to do
    under Article 1. If there is no pathway to protect the civilian
    population under occupation, no response to the findings of the many
    human rights organizations, and no fair peace process based on
    international law and U.N. resolutions, then we fear that violence is
    bound to continue to erupt and engulf the whole region.

    We are convinced that the current framework of "peace negotiations"
    can only lead to further injustice and violence resulting from the
    intolerable conditions into which the Palestinian people have been
    locked in the West Bank and Gaza. As a people of faith, we call for
    Jerusalem to be recognized as a homeland for two peoples and honored
    as a religious center for the three living faiths of Judaism, Islam,
    and Christianity. The small territories over which the Palestinian
    Authority has been given limited control under the Israeli occupying
    army, are in fact economically unsustainable. The result of this
    pattern of negotiation is a series of separate zones where the
    Palestinians have inadequate access to employment,
    water, education and health, unable to move freely between these
    territories with each other and with East Jerusalem. Far from having
    any real independence, the Israeli army assumes the prerogative to
    intervene in them at any time with military force and to close them
    off from each other with a system of check points and closures. This
    has created an inhumane situation that should not be allowed to
    continue under the name of "peace."

    We suggest the following guides for the development of a new
    framework for
    negotiations.

    1. To insist on an impartial investigation of the causes
    (precipitating background factors and the underlying triggers) of the
    recent violence.

    2. To put in place measures which would protect the Palestinian
    population in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza.

    3. To insist that the peace negotiations between Palestinians and
    Israel be based on international law and United Nations resolutions.

    4. To insist that negotiations take place under the aegis of the
    Secretary General of the United Nations.

    We call upon the community of Pacific School of Religion, the member
    schools of the Graduate Theological Union, and our partner church
    denominations to inform themselves about the actual situation in
    Israel/Palestine and to speak out in favor of a just peace.

    Sincerely,

    Douglas G. Adams
    Professor of Christianity and the Arts

    Andrea Bieler
    Associate Professor of Christian Worship

    Joseph D. Driskill
    Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ronald D. Soucey Lecturer

    Russell Haitch
    Visiting Lecturer in Christian Education

    Kah-Jin (Jeffrey) Kuan
    Associate Professor of Old Testament

    Speed B. Leas
    Visiting Professor of Congregational Leadership

    Fumitaka Matsuoka
    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Professor of Theology

    William McKinney
    President
    Professor of American Religion

    Michael Mendiola
    Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

    Lynn Nell Rhodes
    Associate Professor of Ministry and Field Education

    Rosemary Radford Ruether
    Professor of Feminist Theology

    Benoni Reyes Silva-Netto
    Professor in United Methodist Studies

    Mary A. Tolbert
    George H. Atkinson Professor of Biblical Studies

    Mary Donovan Turner
    Carl Patton Associate Professor of Preaching

    Randi J. Walker
    Associate Professor of Church History



    Riess Potterveld
    Vice President
    Pacific School of Religion
    1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
    (510) 849-8227

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    Good post, perhaps you could write an article of how the whole world is asking for help from terrorists. Oh I geuss not since you are one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singern
    Good post, perhaps you could write an article of how the whole world is asking for help from terrorists. Oh I geuss not since you are one of them.
    No.....the whole world is crying for help against overbearing assholes like yourself

    THANK YOU. I WIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgerman
    No.....the whole world is crying for help against overbearing assholes like yourself

    THANK YOU. I WIN.

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