Greetings from the Holy Land!
I want to share with you a story of life under Occupation that I recently witnessed myself. This is the story of Nabi Saleh. Nabi Saleh is a small village in the West Bank of about 500 people. An illegal settlement called Halamish was established on confiscated Palestinian land in 1976, and since then it has slowly been expanding and taking more land.
In December 2009 the illegal settlement appropriated a fresh water spring that had previously belonged to the village of Nabi Saleh. This spring had been their only natural source of water, but since the settlement appropriated it, Palestinians have no longer been allowed to approach the spring. If they try, soldiers are called in to disperse them. In response, the village began weekly non-violent demonstrations in protest to the settlement's appropriation of the fresh water spring. They have been protesting every Friday since December 2009.
In July I witnessed and participated in several of these demonstrations and when I returned to my home state of Maryland I began asking, "What is my church doing about this injustice?" I was reminded of how Moses behaved when he witnessed a similar injustice: "...but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father's flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock." (Exodus 2: 15-17)
Moses got up and acted. When I learned about United Methodist Kairos Response
I immediately became involved, and now, on my most recent trip to the Holy Land, I have been spreading the word about our campaign. From the Lutheran congregation at the Church of the Redeemer, to Israeli activists at the Coalition of Women for Peace, to hunger strikers in Nazareth protesting the maltreatment of Palestinian political prisoners, people are inspired and encouraged by our campaign!
Now I would like to encourage you all to act by donating
and spreading the word in your own communities today! Every dollar and hour that you give will bring us closer to our goal. Together we can make sure that our church cuts its ties with companies that profit from an unjust occupation.
Thank you for your continued support,
United Methodist Kairos Response