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Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Last Day: It is the end of the tour and there is one interchange of the hundreds that sticks with me. It occurred in Detroit when a Conservative Jewish Rabbi turned to Sami Awad, a Palestinian Christian, and said: “I respect everything you say. I look at you and I know that with you I have a partner.” A Jewish Rabbi declaring his unqualified support for what an evangelical Christian is saying. Is Sami showing us a new apologetic? Demonstrate the Gospel before you proclaim it. Seems like that is what Jesus did–heal, deliver and then speak. Maybe what we need to pray for courage to love, and power to heal, and then the words to speak.
Posted on 19. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Ten: Dr. Ralph Fertig, who marched during the civil rights days and is President of the Humanitarian Law Project tells us, “What Martin Luther King taught was the need to love the enemy. The flipside of fear is not fearlessness, it is the capacity to see the enemy as a person and appeal to him as such. Violence only begets more violence, whereas nonviolence enables the capacity to love.” This is only the second time during this cross-country tour that nonviolence has been linked to love rather than to pragmatism and politics. Both comments were from non-Christians. I find that intriguing.
Posted on 11. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Eight: “[It is] a sight which will remain with me for the rest of my life – with the frigate in the background, two gunboats, two landing craft and four high powered ribs spread out in a semi-circle speeding towards us. . . . ” With these words we find out what has become of Yonatan Shapira (a subject of the doumentary) on the catamaran trying to bring humanitarian aid past the Gaza blockade. After boarding the Irene, “The senior officer . . . placed a Tazer gun in contact with his clothing and fired it directly into his heart. Yonatan let out a dreadful scream and the force of the Tazer caused him to lose control of his muscles.” Thus begins the second week of our nonviolence tour.
Posted on 10. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Seven: Yesterday, Elik Elhanan, whose sister was killed by a suicide bomber, informs me that the commandment most frequently repeated in the Old Testament is to provide hospitality to the stranger. Interestingly, it is a divine command that compels Elik the atheist to resist the inhospitality exhibited by the Israelis to thousands of Palestinian “strangers.” Yet, millions of theists turn a blind eye to this injustice against those whom the biblical commands us to love. It is the atheist who is getting it right and we purported Christians who blithely keep getting it wrong. The irony is almost too heavy to bear.
Posted on 05. Oct, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Four: We have driven through the night from New York City and arrive at our hotel in Arlington, Virginia at around 3:00am. Not the most pleasant hour to arrive in a new town. The air conditioning on the bus was set on maximum overdrive and I had nothing with which to ward off the persistent gales of hyper-cooled air. Not a whole lot of rest this trip. What is worse, we have all of 3 hours before we need to rouse ourselves and put on our “game gear” to travel across town to the National Press Club in Washington, D. C. so Sami Awad can be interviewed by the Middle East Broadcasting Corp.
Posted on 26. Sep, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
Day Two: Tonight we are joined by Teny Gross, the Director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non Violence in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a former Israeli army sergeant. Elik Elhanan is the other new member of the panel. He is a co-founder of Combatants for Peace an organization of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters who have laid down their weapons to seek a nonviolent resolution to the crisis in their homelands. His perspecive is very personal. since he lost his 14-year-old sister to a suicide bomber while serving in the Israeli army. He illustrates the necessity for understanding and forgiveness as the foundation for peace in the Middle East.
Posted on 25. Sep, 2010 by Tim Stoner.
There is a sense of excitement and anciticipation. It is day one of EthnoGraphic Media’s (EGM) 12-day launch tour of its new film Little Town of Bethlehem. This premiere on September 21, 2010 was scheduled to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. I am on bus with a team whose members have flown in from across the U.S. (California to Washington D.C.). We are joined by a film crew from Dot & Cross, and a photographer to document the trip. This ground-breaking documentary addresses a growing (and finally, truly hopeful) movement, composed of both Israelis and Palestinians, with united voice calling for a nonviolent end to the occupation in Palestine.