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To everything (turn, turn, turn)

Posted by Charles II on May 16, 2011

Harriett Sherwood, The Guardian:

Video testimonies by around two dozen ex-soldiers – some of whom are identifying themselves for the first time – will be posted on YouTube. The campaign by Breaking the Silence, an organisation of former soldiers committed to speaking out on military practices, launches with English subtitles on Monday.

Some of the former soldiers describe the “neighbour procedure”, a term for the use of Palestinian civilians, often children, as human shields to protect soldiers from suspected booby traps or attacks by militants. The procedure was ruled illegal by Israel’s high court in 2005.

Others speak of routine harassment of civilians at checkpoints, arbitrary intimidation and collective punishment.

Isa. 1:16b-17a: Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.

And today, Israel fired on unarmed protesters who marched toward the border to commemorate the establishment of Israel. Matthew Kalman, Independent:

Israeli security and intelligence chiefs traded accusations yesterday over who allowed more than 100 protesters to cross the heavily guarded border with Syria, as Palestinians marked the “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding in a string of incidents that left 15 unarmed protesters dead and Israel’s doctrine of border deterrence in tatters.

Israel’s border deterrence was shattered by Sunday’s marchers, who simply walked through a minefield thought to be deadly. Not a single landmine exploded.

Think about it. People living outside of Israel marched, unarmed through a minefield and broke down a fence to protest injustice. They were shot down. Apparently the Syrian army is otherwise occupied, and distracted from its complicity in oppressing the Palestinians in Syria. (See also Juan Cole).

God is not going to like this, nor will He bless those who use violence against those who reprove the doing of wrong.

Time to turn to peace.

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