Christianity meltdown in its own birthplace? Western churches ignore multiple warnings

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Pope Francis praying at the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. (photo: Globovisión / Flickr)
Ten years after Christian Palestinians issued an anguished plea to the global religious community for help, nothing has happened and life in Palestine has deteriorated even further under another decade of illegal occupation.

By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | Dec 31, 2019

Central to the problem is the so-called Ecumenical Deal, a reluctance to question Jewish support for Israel for fear of unpicking decades of interfaith reconciliation following the Holocaust.

Ten years ago a group of Christian Palestinians issued “a cry of hope in the absence of all hope”, reflecting their country’s decades of suffering under brutal Israeli occupation. They said they had reached a dead-end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people because international decision-makers contented themselves with ‘managing’ the crisis rather than solving it.

The situation was, and still is, destroying human life and that must surely be of concern to the Church. “We call out as Christians and as Palestinians to our religious and political leaders, to our Palestinian society and to the Israeli society, to the international community, and to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Churches around the world.”

Questions were repeatedly asked but never answered: What is the international community doing? What are the political leaders in Palestine, in Israel and in the Arab world doing? And what is the worldwide Church doing about this?

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