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DEFENDING AGAINST DEATH

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Does God overlook and “excuse” the injustice done by stronger nations to weaker ones? Why? Did Jesus not tell us to LOVE even our enemies? Please look at these stats and consider whether security is the true issue here.

I have pulled stats from several different sources to try to gain an understanding of the security problem facing Israel.

I personally know of many stories similar to this one where Arab Christians and American Christians involved in the non-violent peace movement have faced intrusive interrogation. Even internationally known speaker,Tony Campolo was brought in for interrogation by Israeli authorities before speaking at Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem last March.

Israel does have genuine Security issues, and real enemies, but Government policy and the IDF have exceeded humanitarian standards in enforcing their need for security.

This fortress mentality has the effect of causing many of the Jews in Israel to become overly fearful and to stereotype all Arab Palestinians as their enemy. Just a month ago, I saw a newscast of Israelis receiving gas masks. The commentator said there was no threat, only that they were being issued gas masks.

Palestinian citizens do not have gas masks, despite the intensely powerful tear gas which is used upon them. (by some estimates five times more powerful than is allowed by US standards).

See the website below:

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

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