Shout for peace

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The children of Gaza I Channel 4 News

A question. How many of you pay tax in a Western country, especially the UK or USA? How many of you care enough about where those tax pounds or dollars or euros go that it sways your vote? Or it sways you opinion on subjects like welfare, health care, education, immigration or many other issues? How many of you have actually used the argument “I don’t want my taxes being spent on that”?

Your taxes are being spent in defending Israel from Hamas rockets. This is a good thing, it is undoubtedly saving lives in the face of an aggressor which needs to cease violence immediately.

However, do you see the video I linked to at the top of this post? Your taxes paid for that, too. The support western governments give to Israel allow them to fire rockets into Gaza, killing innocent men, women and children. We help to pay for young foot soldiers to go into Gaza and put themselves in the line of Hamas guns. We pay towards the violence and mistreatment towards Palestinians which has led to the election of a group such as Hamas as their leaders, escalating this situation to what it is now.

We live in a society which complains at our money going to those who, for whatever reason,, are not working and get angry when we see them with an iPhone,  but we say nothing when atrocities like those in Gaza are carried out with the help of our money.

No more!

We must start to put pressure on our political leaders to take on those causing the violence in Gaza and Israel and stop giving them financial aid. We must tell them that if all world governments were firm in their resolve that both Hamas and the Israeli government should cease hostilities of all form then we may, finally see a way forward.

We can no longer allow our leaders to excuse the actions of the Israelis by simply labelling Hamas as terrorists. Neither of them are acting with regard for peace and humanity. Both authorities are responsible for misery and suffering.

The arguments about whether Hamas are using human shields or not are pointless. Either they aren’t and Israel are indiscriminately bombing and killing innocent civilians, or they are and Israel are bombing targets knowing that they are killing innocent civilians. Neither are excusable. Neither, in a conflict between two religions from the same origin, are the will of God.

“I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them.  There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become  one flock with one shepherd.” (John 10:14-16 GNB)

We are called to be one people. One flock with one shepherd. This is what we should be working towards. I’ve read about “evicting” Hamas or military action against Israel. Neither of these can serve to do anything except drive a wedge between Jews and Muslims even deeper and cause further animosity towards the west.

The time has come for us, as one voice, to call for peace and to back it up with actions. We need to stop paying for war and misery. We have done that in Israel and look what’s happening there. We have done that in Syria and Iraq and ISIS are reaping the benefits and are driving out and killing all of their opponents from their self imposed Caliphate.

Join demonstrations. Spread information. Contact your elected representatives. Do what you can, but we must stop this and stop it now.

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