It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words ~ I want to post something about Gaza, but what can one say? I am left without words ~ Only questions come to mind ~ Violence of any kind is not acceptable, but how does one justify bombing an open air prison with over 1.5 million civilians, who have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide? Are not the lives on the receiving end of the bombs in Gaza as precious as those on the receiving end of the rockets in Israel? How do we stop this warring madness?
Our friends in both Palestine and Israel who are working for a just peace are heartsick. The tension is palpable. The mood is sober ~ When will Israel be held accountable to International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions? When will they end this unholy occupation? When will the international community rise up and demand an end to this insane escalation of violence in the name of a false security? When will civil society say, “Enough is enough”? ~ When will we ever learn? ~ Bombs will not bring peace. Rockets will not bring peace ~ Only justice, dignity, human rights, equality, respect ~ only these intangibles can pave the way for peace.
Hearts are heavy here in this land. Many are afraid. Many are in pain. Many are grieving ~ But as our Palestinian friend and neighbor said tonight at the wall prayer, “Let’s pray for both sides, that this violence will cease.” ~ Palestinian author Sami Al Jundi puts it poignantly: “My children will be safe only when your children know safety, and your children will be safe only when my children know safety … but actually there’s no such thing as my children and your children. There’s only our children.” ~ Will you lend your voice to the cause of justice and peace ~ for all our children?
Consider writing to your political representatives. Call for an end to this warring madness! Consider joining a protest or a vigil. If there isn’t one in your area, start one! Light a candle in this dark night…