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As I consider the genocidal atrocities meted out to defenceless Palestinians by the Israelis in the current conflict, I am appalled that supporters of Israel, like America and many Evangelicals, can be so one-sided and wicked. Palestinians are not free in their own homeland. Thousands, including children, are in Israeli prisons. Food, medicine and other basic amenities are often prevented from entering Gaza. The people live in cramp condition in one of the most densely populated places in the world. Israel continues to violate international laws with impunity. They murder innocent civilians as evident in the current conflict, which have left nearly 2,000 Palestinians dead (in comparison to 67 Israelis). Whenever the Palestinians respond to their aggressor, pro-Israelis and the Jewish controlled media present them as “terrorists”. Clearly, no murder is right, but don’t tell me “Israel has the right to defend itself” when they continually terrorise a defenceless people! What about the Palestinians?  Aren’t they human beings too?

America’s hypocritical support of Israel is disgusting. Millions of taxpayers’ money is sent to Israel yearly. Israel is constantly supplied with sophisticated weaponry. America does not readily condemn Israel’s crimes against humanity. Yet, it is quick to put sanctions on nations like Russia. What about putting sanctions on Israel?!

Then we have the evangelical support of Israel, not only financially, but by the use of a false, unbiblical doctrine that causes them to justify Israel’s injustice and murder of Palestinians in the name of God. Popular televangelists like John Hague, claims that Israel is God’s people unconditionally and that God would bless us if we support Israel. Mr. Evangelical, how do you expect the Palestinian people to accept the God that you present? You are pushing them further away from Christianity while at the same time encouraging Israel in their murderous behaviour. This partial, one-eyed, racist god that you present is NOT the Holy and Just God-YHWH of the Bible. Tell Israel to accept the Messiah, Jesus Christ so that their destroyed conscience can be healed. Tell them that their nation is built on blood. That it was not given to them by God as Zionist Jews themselves admit. Tell them stop spitting on Christians and cursing Jesus Christ!

Thankfully, amidst the unfairness, people from different countries around the world are protesting Israel’s disproportionate force and criminal treatment towards Palestinians. Thank God there are still people with compassion who are honest and courageous enough to condemn wrong. I pray that Palestinians may come to know true Christianity, which does not exalt one race above another. In fact, the Bible tells us that we become children of God by faith (not race!) and “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

As we enjoy the comfort of our homeland with no rockets destroying our homes, our heart should go out to the Palestinian people. And the next time you hear “Israel has the right to defend itself”, remember the inhuman conditions that Palestinians have been subjected to for decades? Consider the destruction done to lives, infrastructure … and ask yourself, “Don’t Palestinians have a right to defend themselves too?”

Ann-Marie Ballantyne
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4 replies on “Don’t Palestinians have the right to defend themselves too?”

  1. A load of hateful, biased, antii-Semitic/anti-Jewish/anti-Israeli crap that totally ignores the goal of fanatical Moslems to complete Hitler’s “Final Solution” in the Promised Land.

    When you consider that Hamas hates Christians almost as much as they hate Jews, this piece is also an attack on followers of Jesus.

    1. Well Said! The writer didn’t read your previous piece. Educate the writer that Israel has a right to exist period!

  2. A most refreshing piece, I fail to see the divinity in Israel’s posture. It is to me a thinly veiled example of geopolitical Darwinism where the stronger power oppresses and covets the land of the weaker nation. Hamas is not innocent by no stretch of the imagination but constant expansion, strong handed tactics and cloistering that densely populated area has engendered much of the violence.

    Someone recently recounted an episode of her infant daughter bawling in the middle of the night out of hunger. When she related the grandmother’s first instinct was to deploy a red hankie obtained from an American televangelist to exorcize the child of spirits, I was shocked. How can a handkerchief accomplish that?

    Its this blind trust in the words of men without proving those words that leads these evangelicals to blindly support Israel despite the atrocities being meted out upon the Palestinians.

  3. Ann-Marie Ballantyne says:

    C. Ben David, it is very sad that you have joined the bandwagon of calling people anti-Semitic/hateful etc, when they criticise the murderous behaviour of the Israelis. If you want to ignore the blatant facts and justify evil, sad for you and those who are like-minded but people ought to know that that is not a representation of the grace-filled character of Jesus Christ who is Love. Your position certainly does not stem from the just and righteous principles of Christianity taught and lived by our Saviour Jesus Christ. I pray that you allow God to open your eyes.

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