The Palestinian death toll in
Gaza tops 300 as Israel’s relentless attacks continue unabated.
Over the last week we have seen the tragic deaths of four children as they played on a beach near
. Four children who were just doing what children do and have never fired a missile at anybody. An eyewitness account in the Guardian is particularly harrowing – Gaza City
In the meantime the west continues its devoted support for
Israel. Just this weekend David Cameron spoke out in support of Israel’s actions –
He was not speaking in my name. Nor was he speaking in the name of the thousands in
London and across the world who have taken to the streets to protest against the continuing bombing.
What is particularly depressing is that Christians continue to give
Israel blind support. It is as if they can do no wrong. Any criticism of Israel’s leadership is tantamount to blasphemy. I know people who have been accused of anti-Semitism and even of being holocaust deniers just for speaking out against Israel’s oppression. Have they never read the Hebrew prophets? Have they not read the prophet Amos who said that they had turned justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground (Amos 5)? Or how about Jeremiah who talked of the blood of innocents (Jeremiah 2). Isaiah spoke out against those who called evil good and good evil. Were the prophets anti-Semitic? No. They were speaking the words of God to those who oppressed the weak.
Some Christians look no further than the promises to Abraham and the geography of the ‘promised land’. This seems to subsume all other issues. It is as if they are more interested in the implications of those words and the status of the ‘chosen people’ than the injustice that is there for all to see. It is a devotion that even some Jews fail to understand –
Innocent children are being killed or injured and the death count is bound to rise.
Israel could no longer rely on the blind support of the Christian west they would have to think twice. But as it is they can do what they like in the knowledge that conservative politicians and Christians will not only stay silent but actively cheer them on. Anyone who is serious about the bible and about the teachings of Jesus has no option but to say that this is unacceptable and that it has to stop.