Al-Nakba Horror – Remembering 1948 and the ‘Trail of Tears’

nakbaMay 15th, 1948 – The Palestinian Catastrophe, known as ‘Al-Nakba’, also known as Israeli Independence Day.  One date, one land, two peoples, opposite ends of the spectrum – one people in deep trauma, the other in deep joy, a joy which is certainly tinged with a darkness of soul that must be continually pushed down and ignored.  It won’t stay there forever.  This anniversary is coming round again, and it is right to remind ourselves what is going on, to stand up for justice, for people, for God’s sake.

Alex Awad:

“Eighty percent of the Palestinians living in Palestine (what is now Israel – excluding the West Bank) fled out of fear or were forcibly evicted by the Zionists.  Most of those who were not pushed out lived on the periphery of the Zionist military action, particularly in the Galilee, and thus managed to stay put, primarily because a cease-fire was signed before they could be evicted.  It was essential, however, for the Zionists to prohibit those who left from returning to their homes, despite international pressure and UN resolutions, and despite Israel’s own promises, made in return for recognition and membership in the United Nations.”

UN Resolution 194

“Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and those wishing not to return should be compensated for their property.”

“The 750,000 Palestinians who fled lost all their land and possessions in 1948 and became refugees.  Just as Jews in Europe were driven from their homes due to pogroms, Palestinians were forced to leave their homes and land because of Zionist ethnic cleansing.  In what may be termed a Middle Eastern “trail of tears”, refugees . . . trecked to Lebanon, Jordon, Syria, and other surrounding states.”

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Source:  commons.wikimedia.org

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Bertrand Russell and the Image of God

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I have been an admirer of humanist/agnostic philosopher Bertrand Russell for some years.  Well, I say admirer, more of a distant observer wishing he could get a bit more of the action, but nevertheless, Bertrand has always peaked my interest, and he lived a most interesting life.

This is a short post today, as I want to share something that he said has shaped or “governed” his life.  This is something that any person on the planet could say, it is a humanitarian sentiment to desire such things.  But I have something to add, here is what he said:

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life:  the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

One thing among many about Bertrand is his utter honesty.  He was a critic of religion in general and Christianity in particular, but to be fair to him, religion in general often needs a slap across the face, and Christianity in particular more often than not needs a kick up the backside!  He was a critic and as a Christian I have to say, we deserved it, and we have to learn to live with it.

Russell never set out to defiantly oppose Christianity as does the rather farcical Dawkins (and his ilk) of today.  No, no, no!  Russell was more honest, for he declared himself agnostic, not a-theist (definitions here could get pedantic, the difference between atheism and agnosticism is potentially a matter of preference and personal interpretation, but that’s another post for another day – but don’t hold your breath)!

Can you even imagine that the super-religious, I mean, super scientific Dawkins would ascribe any of his scientific nous  to something so unscientific as “love”, no doubt wanting to break it all down into its component parts of chemicals exploding here and there!  I love you Dawkins, but don’t panic, it’s only a chemical reaction!

What Bertrand has admitted to, his life’s governing principles is evidence of the image of God stamped in human beings!  “Let us make man in our image…” is precisely what agnostic Russell is aspiring to be governed by!  It’s glorious, so much more glorious than the crass anti-Christian garbage mumbled by Dawkins.

I must apologise!  I never intended to even mention my compatriot Richard Dawkins.  I only wanted to show how the stamp of God, His image in us is so engrained, so rooted, so……… oh what’s the word…….so darned obvious, that only a genetically engineered seedless grape would miss it.  We haven’t even mentioned knowledge and suffering yet, but I will end with this:

God loves Richard Dawkins; God loves Bertrand Russell;  Heavens above he even loves me so I know for a fact He loves you too.  And I think that is pretty cool.  I think I’ll let it govern my life!