Consider mock tanks & nativity scene in front of govt capitols as reminder of multi BILLION dollar subsidies to militant Israel from US taxpayers.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Sylvia Shihadeh
To: ACPJ List
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:38 AM
Subject: [Acpj] A Relevant Carol and a Call for Help
Standing at the Women in Black Vigil yesterday (in front of the Texas State Capitol every Wednesday from 12-1 pm) I mentioned that Palestinians in Bethlehem have been held under curfew for the last 18 days - of course you would not read that in your daily paper. Some of the women expressed outrage that Christians around the world who say that Christ is important in their life can sit idly by while the most holy symbol of Christianity is under siege, while the only indigenous Christians, i.e. the Palestinian Christians, are imprisoned in their homes barred from the Church of the Nativity were Christ was born. Three tanks surround the Church of the Nativity on this most holy season in the life of Christians.
While we are all rightfully engulfed in the coming war on Iraq, let us also not forget those suffering incredibly in Palestine. I came up with an idea to raise awareness but I need your help and expertise in order to make it a reality.
I envision a live nativity in front of the Capitol by the Christmas tree, and a tank or two pointing their arsenal at the nativity just as the Israeli tanks are pointing at the Church of the Nativity. Can anyone think of a way to do mock tanks? or can we rent tanks or other vehicles and make them look like tanks, or build cardboard tanks? I am not creative so your ingenuity is badly needed.
Please email me your suggestions ASAP. If there is enough interest to do the live nativity, we will have a meeting pronto.
Check out the carol below sent through Don Darling.
I came across this rewrite of an old carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by a
Lutheran Pastor Rev. Hinchey. In his own words, he said: 'They are not
pleasant to sing...but, they do express a reality that calls for justice
before there can be peace.' In light of the Gospel of Matthew concerning
the slaughter of innocents, it rings true today as it did that first
OH LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM TODAY
Oh little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and restless sleep, a missile glideth by.
And over dark streets soundeth the mortar's deadly roar
While children weep in shallow sleep
For friends who are no more.
How silently, how silently their hope has gone away.
No laughter rings; no choir sings in shepherds fields this day.
The angels in the heavens are hushed in sad lament.
Messiahs home has been burned down
By those to whom He was sent.
Oh, sing for holy innocents who hurled a hopeless stone.
Who ran from tank, who, wounded, sank in gutters all alone.
Their eyes by bullet blinded, their lungs by gasses burned
In sad exile, the Holy Child
Knows Herod has returned.
O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray.
Your love bring down on David's town; Drive fear and hate away.
Awake the ire of nations, let justice he restored.
Rebuild the peace in silent streets
Where once your love was born.
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