Of course, where else would ‘good’ Pastor Winkett of St.James’ church Piccadilly go to have an article published?
Somewhat of a rhetorical question I know. The good old Guardian is the only place given its blatant anti-Israel stance. I doubt any other publication would be quite as biased.
“Bethlehem Unwrapped is about ‘beautiful resistance’, not taking sides”
Our church’s festival and the replica of Israel’s barrier uses art and poetry to tell the story of all those suffering in the Holy Land.
” St James’s Church council knew it was a serious decision to host Justin Butcher’s art installation illustrating contemporary life in Bethlehem, as part of the Bethlehem Unwrapped festival, but we took it carefully, understanding that it would provoke a wide variety of reactions.
The festival, about the town of Bethlehem at Christmas, is in response to a specific request from the united churches of the Holy Land for support by letting others know their story. We are supporting a peaceful Palestinian principle known as “beautiful resistance”; expressed in theatres, music projects and festivals that exist to counter military dominance with a commitment to non-violent artistic expression.”
How noble of her! – with sarcasm. I wonder if she truly understands why the ‘separation barrier’ is there.?
I wonder if she is aware of the number of lives it has saved.?
To choose to highlight a small section of a barrier designed to keep murderers out.
The barrier’s total length is approximately 700 kilometres (430 mi) long, 96% is chain mail fencing. Some 4% is concrete. Security for Israel citizens necessitates the concrete sections to prevent sniper fire. That makes only 28 kilometres of concrete in all, yet the good Pastor chose to highlight that and not the fact lives are saved daily due to its existence.
The wall section protects all Israelis, be they Jewish, Christian or Muslim.
Does she know that?
Does she care?
As a ‘woman of G-d’ she should.
She goes on to say:
“When we have been challenged about “taking sides” and “politicising the church” – which is a fair discussion to have – we are clear that we are not “pro” one side or another but we are instead campaigning for equal human rights for all people regardless of ethnicity or background.”
She sure has a funny way of looking at things if she think she is not “taking sides” or “politicising the church” That is exactly what she is doing.
On their web site the St. James church says:
“This wall is symbolic of walls all over the world that divide and confine peoples, restricting free movement and dominating the imagination of those who live behind them. “
Maybe the Church should realise that this is what it does to Israeli citizens. How terrible to have to build a barrier around your country for protection so you can live in peace and feel secure.
The good Pastor needs to be educated in what the separation does.
In October 2000, Palestinian Arabs in Israel started a new war of terror against the Israeli nation. Terror attacks against Israeli civilians occurred in every possible place in Israel.
In coffee shops, buses, in the streets, everywhere.
Among the thousands of Israelis murdered, there were hundreds of children, many clearly deliberately targeting them.
Is this what Pastor Winkett wants a repeat performance of?
As a final note the Church website says:
We join with people of all faiths in praying for the day when the Wall will come down.
Hallelujah brother!! So do we all.
What a shame such a beautiful old Church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, can have such an ugly heart.
On another note. Tomorrow Saturday January 3rd. Sussex Friends of Israel and others will be at St. James’ Church handing out leaflets and more.
Anyone in London who wants to help please check this out on their Facebook page.
They are also asking for people to print and take this flyer with them to hand out.
I would love to hear from anyone who attends.