Yesterday, in my church, our pastor along with a seminary professor taught a class on Zionism. I was pleased. It seems that while most churches will not touch this subject because “it is too controversial,” I gathered with a couple of dozen fellow travelers in my church to discuss the goals of modern Zionism. I was glad to be involved in such a church. We did not solve much, but at least we talked about the problem.
Then I came home and read the newspaper.
And while we discussed Zionism, the Zionist were attacking:
The health ministry in
Gaza said that 16
Palestinians were killed and 52 wounded in Israeli strikes on Sunday…In the
Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, artillery shells or missiles
hit a home, killing five people, including a mother and her three children…
More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting; on the Israeli
side, 64 soldiers and four civilians have been killed including a 4-year-old
While this was going on, some Jews of conscience were sounding out, “No more killing in my Name.” The Jewish Voice for Peace, Atlanta Chapter held a vigil in front of the Israeli Consulate and honored the names of those Palestinians killed by
policy of collective punishment Week after week, they publicly protest
bombings, assassinations, destruction of homes, saying, “We want to be clear
that our Jewish values do not support a war on civilians. We view every life as
equal regardless of ethnicity.” All
across the world, 140,000 members of Jewish Voice for Peace, with chapters in
every state and in 100 countries oppose Israel’s occupation. And they stand
up and say it out loud.
I am a Jew represented by a state engaged in unspeakable acts of inhumanity in my name. And I am filled with an anger that has not dissipated since my first visit to
Palestine in 2002 where I witnessed
first-hand the devastating realities of unending occupation. I am angry.
Well, I am also angry. I want to say, where is THE CHURCH VOICE FOR PEACE? I want to say “In the name of Jesus, in the name of God, in the name of common fairness and decency, let us preach from our pulpits, pray in our worship, shout from the rooftops, challenge our neighbors, write our senators and risk being absolutely obnoxious in saying STOP THE KILLING.
Nothing will happen unless we discuss Zionism. But, if it stops there, nothing will happen.
will continue to confiscate land, build settlements, construct an apartheid
wall, destroy homes and assassinate those who resist, not to “defend itself,”
but to continue its occupation.
God help the church be the church.
August 26, 2014
 Karen Laub and Peter
Enav, Israel Airstrike Destroys Gaza
Journal-Constitution, Sunday August 24, 2014
 Fares Akram and Isabel Kershner,
Missle Strike Kills Hamas Official, Atlanta
Journal-Constitution,, Monday, August 25, 2014.
 Tema Okun, No More Killing in my Name, Published, The News and Observer,
. July, 23, 2014, Raleigh,