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Sunday, July 13, 2003
Churches for Middle East Peace have for their June newsletter an excellent article on Christian Zionism which closes by saying that
the identity of “Christian” must be reclaimed by the vast numbers of Christians who do not believe in the tenets of Christian-Zionism. The linkage between Christianity and peace must be strengthened in the mind of policymakers.

posted by Tom at 3:01 PM

Two pieces from the Bethlehem International Center on developments in Bethlehem post-"road map":
  • Rev. Mitri Raheb summarizes an interview he gave on how much optimism there is or ought to be about the redeployment of Israeli troops out of Bethlehem:
    My answer was dialectical: “This redeployment of the Israeli troops in Bethlehem is important and should not be underestimated. And at the same time it is unimportant and should not be overestimated... it should not be underestimated, because it is a sign that a political process is starting again after a long standstill and after almost 3 years of a deteriorating situation... [On the other hand,] I see so many media outlets marketing this event as if salvation comes with it. However, this is not the case. This agreement does not bring us close even to where we were in September 2000 . It does not deal with any of the critical issues: Jerusalem, Settlements, Water, Borders etc.”

  • A Dose of Reality by Sandra Olewine:
    A dose of reality – the daily lived reality of everyday Palestinians – needs to infiltrate the senses of the political leadership at every level. Maybe then there would be a reason to dance in the streets.

posted by Tom at 2:47 PM