A Pentecostal Goes to Palestine: Mine Eyes Have Seen Apartheid…

Since reading fellow blogger Craig Nielsen was leaving Australia on Sunday January 6th to visit the middle east, (see: A Pentecostal Goes to Palestine) I’ve been watching daily for any new posts concerning what he witnessed. 

Today he’s posted the first message (more to come in the following weeks) concerning what he found on his trip. 

For just over two weeks this January, I got up at six every morning, spending every day traveling up and down the length and breadth of the West Bank and Israel, seeing for myself, as best I could in such a short time, what conditions are really like for the Palestinians living under the illegal military occupation of the State of Israel.

I visited Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, spoke to those who represent our country to Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority and Israel. I was briefed by representatives of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, spoke to Israeli trade union officials in Tel Aviv and Palestinian trade union representatives in Ramallah. I met with dozens of ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank in areas A, B and C, and Israelis in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Jaffa. I had long conversations with ex-Israeli soldiers who have now become peace activists and advocates for Palestinian human rights.

I saw conditions that Palestinians must endure in Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, the Jordan Valley, Bethlehem and at least a dozen villages scattered throughout the West Bank. I saw for myself the plight of Bedouin herders in the Jordan Valley and spoke to Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem’s Mea Shaerim. I visited Yad Vashem (Holocaust museum) in Jerusalem. I visited all the Holy sites I could manage and spoke with religious Jews, Muslims and Christians.

I touched the separation barrier, saw huge Israeli settlements like Pisgat Ze’ev in Jerusalem, spent hours stuck at Israeli checkpoints and was appalled by the sight of Israeli settlers in the Old City of Jerusalem walking around with fully automatic weapons in the Christian quarter.

And if there was one thing that stood out and hit me right between the eyes, it was the fact that ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE.

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2 comments on “A Pentecostal Goes to Palestine: Mine Eyes Have Seen Apartheid…

  1. I’m shocked, really, that anyone would find this surprising. Israel is, at its heart, a theocracy. But it is a theocracy that is not even built on faith, but rather ethnicity. It is pretty much a one of a kind situation. Atheist Jews are much more tolerated than Jewish Christians, I would suspect, and, of course, to be Palestinian of any religious persuasion would put one in just about the lowest level of toleration possible, hence the appearance of apartheid. The main point is that modern day Jews are equating ethnicity with faith (thus the chosen people represent a particular ethnic group). Modern day Christians do the same thing considering Jewish ethnic credentials as valid before God as the Christian’s faith. Does Israel = the Jewish people … or does Israel = the people of faith throughout history? Most of the world’s population is getting this wrong and the resulting path leads straight to the Antichrist.

    • Can’t disagree with anything you wrote George. Sadly, you’re right.

      Does Israel = the Jewish people … or does Israel = the people of faith throughout history?

      If all Christians, especially those in the US, really grasped the biblical answer to that question, we’d stop supporting the civil rights atrocity’s being perpetrated by the Israeli government today.

      “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. ” (Romans 9:6-8)

      “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. ” (Galatians 3:26-29)

      “Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. For it is written, “REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.” And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. But what does the Scripture say? “CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.” So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman. ” (Galatians 4:21-31)

      Bill White: Souls Refuge blog:

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