Christ in the Rubble: A Liturgy of Lament – 2023 Christmas Message by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac

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Christ Under the Rubble: We are angry, we are broken. This should have been a time of joy, instead we are mourning, we are fearful. More than 20,000 killed, thousands are still under the rubble, close to 9,000 children killed in the most brutal ways, day after day, 1.9 million displaced, hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed. Gaza as we know it no longer exists. This is an annihilation. This is a genocide. The world is watching. Churches are watching. The people of Gaza are sending live images of their own execution. Maybe the world cares, but it goes on. We are asking here, could this be our fate- in Bethlehem, in Ramallah, in Janeen?

Continue watching at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbHzqU3ZdTs&t=1718s

Liberation is a Daily Practice also during Christmas by Queers in Palestine

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  • While these blatantly racist genocidal declarations take the stage, activists in Palestine and internationally are being silencedharasseddetainedcriminalized, workers fired from their jobs, and students suspended from universities. International feminist and queer activists, in solidarity with Palestine, are facing attacks and harassment by Zionists under the premise that those who support Palestine will be “raped” and “beheaded” by Palestinians for merely being women and queers. Yet more often than not, rape and death are what Zionists wish upon queers and women who stand in solidarity with Palestine. Zionist fantasies of brutalized bodies do not surprise us, for we have experienced the reality of their manifestation on our skin and spirit. Yet they never seize to accelerate in their explicit vehemence. It becomes evermore absurd when such framings are constructed against Palestinian society, in light of countless testimonies, reports, and documentations of sexual violence Palestinians have been facing throughout Israel’s 75 years of military occupation. From the thousands of Palestinian prisoners, men and women, who are subject to sexual torture and rape since Israel’s inception to this very day, to daily and escalating settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, to Israeli “civilians” filming themselves torturing kidnapped Palestinians as a TikTok trend, and the most recent harrowing footage published on social media platforms by Israeli soldiers which document the lengths of torture and sexual abuse soldiers and settlers inflict on our bodies regardless of their sexual orientation and gender – all forms of violence, including sexual violence are systematically and structurally part of Zionist domination over Palestinian life. And yet Israeli society continues to weaponize queerness for the purposes of justifying war and colonial repression, as if their bombs, apartheid walls, guns, knives, and bulldozers are selective of who they harm based on sexuality and gender.
  • We refuse the instrumentalization of our queerness, our bodies, and the violence we face as queer people to demonize and dehumanize our communities, especially in service of imperial and genocidal acts. 

Watch at https://queersinpalestine.noblogs.org/

Jesus of Nazareth was a Palestinian by The James Connolly Society

It should not be forgotten that the people in the country of Jesus are suffering ongoing genocide. It is not only our Islamic brothers and sisters who are tormented but our Christian brothers and sisters in Galilee, Nazareth and Bethlehem. Over two million Palestinians have been murdered since the Arab Revolt.

The James Connolly Society would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to work together for better community relations and to raise awareness for all people persecuted everywhere with acts of genocide. This Christmas remember that Jesus of Nazareth was a Palestinian.

Continue reading at http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/jesus-of-nazareth-was-a-palestinian-1-6487330

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