We look for peace, but find no good,
for a time of healing, but there is terror instead. ~ Jeremiah 8:15
Two pieces of news from Israel/Palestine:
1. On May 25 the Pope made an unexpected stop at the Wall of Separation while visiting Bethlehem. Perhaps you’ve seen the pictures. It was a moving moment, the kind of action we have come to expect from this Pope. Then a helicopter whisked him away to Jerusalem, which meant he didn’t have to pass through a checkpoint like 99.99% of other humans who travel between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The Pope invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican for peace talks.
2. On May 19 angry Israeli settlers destroyed an orchard on the property of “Tent of Nations” which is the family home of Daoud Nassar, who I introduced you to here. The situation there is unrelenting. The Nassar property is entirely surrounded by Israeli settlements, and those settlers are determined to take his land illegally. They frequently resort to violence and the Nassar family is determined to remain peaceful. Their motto is: We Refuse To Be Enemies. There’s some background here, and an appeal for folks to write letters and sign a petition. Here’s the link to Friends of Tent of Nations.
Please take a moment to pray for peace today, and to do a bit of reading about the situation “on the ground” in Israel and Palestine. Perhaps you will feel moved to sign the petition or spread the word about the Nassars.