Palestinian Child Prisoners

Over 200 children have been abducted who count themselves among the over 4000 unlawfully detained Palestinian prisoners held by Israel today, many in night raids, as addressed by many human rights groups in their reports.

We read more about these children, and their unlawful treatment that violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, in an  article in The Guardian:

www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/22/pal…

“The room is barely wider than the thin, dirty mattress that covers the floor. Behind a low concrete wall is a squat toilet, the stench from which has no escape in the windowless room. The rough concrete walls deter idle leaning; the constant overhead light inhibits sleep. The delivery of food through a low slit in the door is the only way of marking time, dividing day from night.

This is Cell 36, deep within Al Jalame prison in northern Israel. It is one of a handful of cells where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks. One 16-year-old claimed that he had been kept in Cell 36 for 65 days.

The only escape is to the interrogation room where children are shackled, by hands and feet, to a chair while being questioned, sometimes for hours.

Most are accused of throwing stones at soldiers or settlers; some, of flinging molotov cocktails; a few, of more serious offences such as links to militant organisations or using weapons. They are also pumped for information about the activities and sympathies of their classmates, relatives and neighbours.

At the beginning, nearly all deny the accusations. Most say they are threatened; some report physical violence. Verbal abuse – “You’re a dog, a son of a whore” – is common. Many are exhausted from sleep deprivation. Day after day they are fettered to the chair, then returned to solitary confinement. In the end, many sign confessions that they later say were coerced.”

I cannot even begin to imagine what Palestinian parents go through, when their children have been kidnapped by the fascist Israeli barbarians who operate these Isreali maintained torture chambers described in this article in The Guardian, who laugh in the face of the requirements of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

My Prayers are with the children being targeted and unlawfully detained, their parents, and all of the unlawfully detained over 4000 prisoners.

Sherri

Mercy Trumps Justice

I have been thinking more about the words Helen Thomas spoke in 2010, that the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. She may have been thinking all the Jews in Israel and Palestine should leave, from strictly a justice perspective, and said what she said. I can see that point of view. It seems unjust for close to 10 million Palestinians to today be forcibly living outside Palestine, as intl law says they have a clear right to return but Israel forcibly denies them their rights to return, and as Jews with no connection to the land can freely immigrate there.

I can see where a comment like that would come from, and at the same time think they were words best left unsaid, whether she meant for all Jews in Israel and Palestine to leave or just those in Palestine (the Occupied Territories) because “Mercy trumps Justice.” (And Helen apologized fo her words, no matter what she meant by them, I point out.)

As Helen Thomas is making the statements she made, Sabeel (an organization of Palestinian Christians) is saying we do not insist all the settlers leave, if we were to do that we would be doing to them what was done to us, and we do not wish that on anyone else. They support peaceful co-existence.

So, I am realizing that I seem to be inconsistent, from my last post to this post. In my last post, I stated I admired Helen Thomas for speaking truth about the settlers and the Occupation. Now, I am saying she should not have said what she said. There are some truths best left unsaid, Jesus taught us all about God’s mercy. Justice would have demanded we all pay for our sins, justice would require the settlers to all leave. But we are forgiven our sins, because of Jesus dying for us on a cross 2000 years ago. And so, Christians in Palestine today are called to forgive those who have wronged them. And Christians everywhere are called upon to show those who have wronged them forgiveness and mercy.

Mercy trumps justice.

And back to Helen Thomas, we are all human, we speak before we think through our words, how they will be percieved by others, their effects on others. Helen Thomas said words in 2010 she should not have said, but that does not take away from her life of speaking unpopular Truths against an Injustice, the Israeli Occupation of Palestine, that has been going on now for 45 years now, that subjects millions of Palestinians to egregious daily human rights abuses.

Sherri Munnerlyn

April 6, 2012

Helen Thomas, A Fellow Human Being Who Is Not Afraid To Speak Truth

It was like a witch hunt, the way everyone seemed to go after Helen Thomas, to force her to retire in 2010.

But all she did was speak Truth.

She said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home,” in a conversation with Rabbi David Nesenoff captured on video on May 27, 2010. 

Jews, i.e, the illegal Jewish settlers, should all get the hell out of Palestine, i.e., the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Their presence there violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Their presence there is a war crime.

We have the International Court of Justice, the highest court in our world, confirming that the settlers live in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in violation of international law.

http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/B59ECB7F4C73BDBC85256EEB004F6D20

I admire Helen Thomas for not being afraid to speak Truth, to speak an uncomfortable truth to a world that cannot handle Truth.

Just think a moment of the ones who came before her, doing as she did.

We have the Prophet Isaiah, he spoke of the Injustices of his own people to the Jewish people.

Isaiah 1:16 “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil.” 

King Manasseh had the Prophet Isaiah killed, two rabinnic traditions describe how he was killed; in both cases he was ordered sawn in two by King (of Judah) Manesseh while in a cedar tree. This act is referenced in Hebrews 11:27.

Jesus was the Truth, the Life, and the Way.

Jews had him killed for that. Luke 22 and Luke 23.

Sherri

Censorship

I started this blog, in large part as a response to increasing censorship I have personally been encountering on a discussion board I have been a participant on now for about 6 years.

The discussion board is Beliefnet, and here I record, at the end of this article, the incident I just encountered with censorship.  

I want to point out a few things, about this censorship.

My post is deleted for “personal insult,” as I am having a discussion with a poster who I have no disagreement with, who I am in absolutely no fashion insulting.

I am confronting the issue of how people with messages that raise uncomfortable truths are attacked, and I give illustrations, the Jews killed Prophets, like the Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus, This is FACT recorded in my Christian Bible. This is being brought up because another poster responded to substantive comments by a third party by labelling the person as antiSemitic and refusing to respond to anything substantively this person had to say.

I am about to the point I am ready to stop posting altogether on Beliefnet. When truth is censored, and practically any references to Jesus is called Proselytizing and deleted, and personal discussions with posters are deleted as off topic, there becomes no reason to post on a discussion board. After all, what is the purpose of a Christian’s life, to share the Gospel and to share our lives with others. when we are not allowed to do either, in discussions, there is no purpose in having discussions at all. They become pointless and a waste of time..  

“Apr  4, 07:53PM

A moderator has deleted one of your forum posts in the thread “Get to Know the People Involved in the Global March on Jerusalem”.

Reason: Personal insult

Notes: your post, copied below, is an obvious personal attack against a member. Don’t do this! rangferken 5 hours ago  ::  Apr 04, 2012 – 4:41PM #60 Report Post Delete Edit Quick Reply Quote Multi-Quote SherriMunnerlyn SherriMunnerlyn Posts: 7,067
Apr 4, 2012 — 5:05AM, Dostojevsky wrote:
Leah,
It appears you have nothing to offer in order to contradict Shamir and point out where he is wrong. This is understandable as these things have been documented long time ago.
Much easier to attack the messenger than face the message.
Accusing him of anti-Semitism appears to have no effect.

Dos,

When people cannot deal with Truth, all that is left is for them to do is attack the Messenger.
This is a tale as old as time.
We see the truth of this in the fate of the Prophet Isaiah.
We see the truth of this in the Easter story.
And we see it today in Israeli supporters attacks on Messengers who speak against the Occupation.

Sherri

Here is a link to the discussion board and discussion thread that my post was deleted on.

http://community.beliefnet.com/go/thread/view/44011/29009577/?pg=last#518274855

Sherri Munnerlyn

April 4, 2012

How I See War? I Oppose It All Circumstances

4 years ago I was asked a question about how practically we are to love one another in our world and oppose war.

I trried to anser that question in a post that provided so much of my opinions, that I want to repeat what I said then

here on this blog post. 

4 years ago :: Oct 25, 2007 – 

How do we practically love each other? When we became saved, the Holy Spirt began to dwell in us. The Holy Spirit prompts us and guides us in the ways of God. John 16:13 Jesus says, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” The Holy Spirit begins to sanctify us, to conform us to Christ’s image. Reading scripture and immersing ourselves in God’s Word is critical. We must know Scripture. Isaiah 48:18 “If only you had paid attention to My commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” The Holy Spirit reveals the mind of God to each person continuously and individually.” 1 Cor. 2:10.

Jesus says the two greatest commands are that we love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls and love our neighbor as ourselves. He tells us we show our love for him by following his commands. And we should seek to love one another the way Jesus loves us. (John 14:15 Jesus says “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” and John 15:12 “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” and John 15:17 “This is my command: Love each other.” That takes us to the cross and thinking about how great God’s love was for us all, that he sacrificed his only begotten son to be crucified on the cross to save us.

Jesus words refers to the crucifixion, telling us we should be prepared to sacrifice ourselves for each other. It is an agape love, wanting what is good for others, genuinely caring about others, having empathy for other’s pain and suffering, seeing each person as a special creation of God who God loves, respecting the value of human life (all life), loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Who is our neighbor? Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan, who helped a Jew who had been robbed and left hurt on the road. The Samaritan (Samaritans were not viewed in a favorable light by Jews and were looked down on) felt compassion when he saw the hurt Jew and did everything he could to help him. We are told we should act like the Good Samaritan acted. We should help those we encounter who are in need, even our enemies.

Jesus tells his disciples over and over to love one another, speaking of the command at times as a new command. I believe this is because he is telling us his life is the guide post. John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Jesus tells us many things and gives us many warnings in the Sermon on the Mount. Do not worry. Do not be afraid. Love our enemies. Do not judge others. Ask and we will receive. Seek and we will find. Knock and the door will be opened. In the Beatitudes, Jesus sums up his value system. The ones who are blessed are those who are poor in spirit (those totally dependent on God as the source of their life and strength) , who mourn for their sins, who are meek, who hunger and thirst for righteousness, who demonstrate mercy, who are pure in heart, who are peacemakers, who endure persecution in the name of Christ.

Back to your question, how do we love one another the way Jesus asks us to do? I just realized I wrote a song trying to answer this question. It’s rather long. I will share parts of it that are most relevant to the question in a separate post.

And what can we do about Iraq? I see my life as a journey. Jesus is my Saviour and I seek to follow where he leads me and to put my trust in him alone. I seek to be closer to Christ and become more like Christ. I pray for God to show me how to love others the way he wants me to love them. I pray for God to show me truth and I not be deceived, no matter how painful that truth is. This last prayer has led to God placing burdens on my heart about hurting people, people suffering from injustice and wars in Lebanon, Palestinian Occupied Territories, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Congo, etc. I feel empathy and compassion over their suffering and I suffer with them and Christ (who I know is looking down and his heart is breaking over the horrible things happening to human beings he created), and I pray prayers of intercession for them and my love for them grows stronger and I see more clearly Christ’s love for all of us and I grow spiritually. I can do little for them, that I physically see. But I know there is great power in prayer and one day I believe I will see the differences that made. And I speak out against the injustices and unjust wars and people using hate and fear tactics to get support for US wars. Because of what I saw in Lebanon in the 2006 war and what I learned form God about wars as I sought answers to questions, I have come to believe wars are evil and disobedience to God and I renounce them. We are told over and over to not hate and fear people, in the Bible. We are told to love our enemies. And Jesus is our example to follow. We are free because of Christ. He is the truth that sets us free. To fear and hate Muslims or Arabs or anyone else only robs us of the freedom we have in Christ and blinds us to God’s truths and distorts our perceptions of our world. Let us not be afraid of those different from us. Rather than try to invade and occupy and install puppet regimes in countries, let us reach out and have dialogue with these nations and find ways to co-exist in peace, despite our differences. Iraq and Iran had nothing to do with 9/11 and are not a threat to us. I do not support the Iraq War. It was illegal under the UN Charter and international law. I see it as against the teachings of Jesus. I do not see Iraq as my enemy (or any of their residents) or Iran as my enemy or Hamas as my enemy or Hezbullah as my enemy or Islamic governments as enemies. I do not fear or hate any of them. None of them are a threat to the US or me.

http://community.beliefnet.com/go/thread/view/44011/13153269/Ashamed_to_be_an_American?pg=4

Sherri

April 2, 2012

 

Our Precious Lord, Every Day Of Our Lives

Our Precious Lord

Verse 4

Every day of our lives

Let us know, God is in control

Every day of our lives

Let us cherish God’s Promises

We may face pain and heartbreak

And what seems like hopeless situations

But we know God is always there, to wrap his arms around us

And he will see us through, whatever trials we face

Let us remember, today is but a fleeting moment

In the eternity we have with Christ

Every day of our lives

Let us in hope walk with Christ

Chorus

Our Precious Lord

We love and adore you

Our precious Lord

We worship and praise you

Our precious Lord

We bow down on our knees

We cry out from our Hearts

Our innermost hurts and fears

Our hopes and our dreams

We lay them all down at your feet

And we place our lives in your hands

Our Precious Lord

Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray Let us pray in the morning, as the sun lights up our world Let us pray for God to lead and guide us throughout our day Let us pray for every person, may they feel your love, God, and turn to you, this day Each one of us, your special creations, molded into who we are God, with your own hands And let us thank you, Our Lord, for this beautiful gift of life, and the wonderful gift of your Son Let us pray, let us pray Remember Jesus, how he sacrificed his life, as he died on that cross Remember how He gave up His life to save us all from our sins Remember that Jesus died to glorify His Father, and out of his love for us Let us remember Jesus words, He tells us to love one another, the same way He loved us Jesus calls us to live a life of sacrifice, we each have our own crosses to bare So, let us each embrace our crosses and love one another the way He calls us to do It’s where pain and God’s love come together Such a beautiful place , such a beautiful place Let us pray, let us pray Sherri