Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Soul city

And so it continues in occupied Palestine, an insidious war of attrition has been going on waged by Israel for the most part of the 20th century and all of the 21st century.

The epitome of all this can be seen in a city that effuses Palestinian statehood and a world view on religious tolerance; in a city where its children pay the highest price: “three in four Arab children live in poverty” … the city in question is Jerusalem. 

Ironic really, that this city represents the birthplace of the three monotheistic religions.  It is visited by Popes, politicians and people from all over, and yet there is no peace.  And next month it celebrates 42 years of a mythical “unification” – or shall we call a spade a spade: ‘occupation and annexation’ following Israel’s Six-Day War of 1967,  when the city was declared the “eternal, undivided” capital of Israel in a move deemed illegal by the international community. The reality is that it is so divided the stones scream ...

That was then, and this is now … "For Arab East Jerusalem, there is little to celebrate"

 

Indeed, “Would to God that all the Lord’s people were prophets” Numbers XI – 

William Blake, 1804 in the preface to Milton: A Poem -




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1 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

3 in 4 is not OK. We need change.

Thursday, May 21, 2009  

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