Sabeel calls the establishment of Israel “The Catastrophe” (Nakba)
Pastor(s) JEREMIAH A. WRIGHT JR – P
Address 400 W 95TH ST , CHICAGO IL 60628-1120
Yes, Barack Obama’s church, the Trinity United Church of Christ, is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Now let’s take a look at the United Church of Christ’s less than savory connections with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.
ADL Troubled by United Church of Christ’s Embrace of Radicalized Palestinian Christian Group
New York, NY, January 10, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is troubled by the United Church of Christ’s continuing partnership with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a radicalized Palestinian Christian group whose leaders have openly questioned Israel’s right to exist.
Now, Barack Hussein Obama and his shills are telling us that he is supportive of Israel, but this is what the United Church of Christ (UCC), of which Trinity United Church of Christ is a member, supports.
Note that we are citing the Web site of the United Church of Christ’s friends at sabeel.org.
Our vision for this conference is to gather, network, and further educate young leaders from Palestine and around the world, during this 60th year of commemorating the Nakba; so that they may be trained, commissioned, and equipped with the tools to act in advocacy to work for justice and peace in the Holy Land.
60 years ago would be 1947-1948, i.e. the establishment of Israel as opposed to the Six Day War. Doesn’t “nakba” mean “disaster,” which is Palestinian for existence of Israel?
We were all children at one time; and we all have our childhood memories – some that we cherish and others that we would rather forget. Palestinians who were children in 1948 are now grandmothers and grandfathers. They remember their towns and villages, their homes, their orange groves, their olive trees, and the streets where they played with their friends. They remember the terraced hills, the vineyards, and the fig trees, lovingly tended by their parents and grandparents.
This was shattered by a nightmare that will not come to an end: the 1948 Nakba (or catastrophe) turned their lives upside down. Today, fifty-three years later, they are still trying to shake it off. The prayer on their lips is always: “May our children see better days.” The miracle is that they never lost hope.
This document is the fruit of several months of discernment, prayer and preparation. We released it on May15 th because of the symbolic significance of that date. It was on May15 , 1948 that the state of Israel was established, and the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) is remembered. Be that as it may, we believe that a just peace is still possible and a life of security and reconciliation is within our reach. In light of the events of the last few weeks we hope that you will sincerely reflect on the content, and then act according to conscience. Our faith in the living God obliges us to press on. “…I have set before you life and death … Choose life so that you … may live” (Deuteronomy30 :19). Sabeel chooses to stand for justice. We can do no other. We invite you, indeed, we beseech you, to stand with us.
Canon Naim Ateek
Sabeel Center, Jerusalem
Now let’s take a look at the United Church of Christ’s own Web site. All links are to domain ucc.org.
South African Archbishop Desmund Tutu (c.), a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is pictured with Massachusetts Conference Minister Jim Antal (l.) and the Rev. Nancy Taylor (r.), senior pastor of Old South UCC in Boston.
Tutu keynoted a two-day conference, held at the church, Oct. 26-27, titled “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel.” …The event was sponsored by the Sabeel Center, a Palestinian-Christian organization with partnership ties to the UCC, which rented Old South’s sanctuary for the event.
We have therefore established that:
(1) Barack Hussein Obama’s church, the Trinity United Church of Christ (tucc.org) is part of the United Church of Christ (ucc.org)
(2) The UCC is cooperating actively with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
(3) The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center’s web site refers repeatedly to the creation of Israel (NOT just the “occupation” of the West Bank) as Al Nakba, “The Catastrophe.”
Res ipsa loquitur, the thing speaks for itself.