Suicide bombings on Passover
- Hello list,
We are in a rich time--Passover, Easter Holy Week, Full Moon,
beginning of Spring! (La Primavera!) The blossoms are out in Maryland!
In an historic moment, Hollywood finally decided to award black
actors for outstanding acting talent (even though the roles for which
they were awarded raises considerable controversy among blacks, at
Yet, we are also in a troubled time: earthquakes and war in
Afghanistan where hundreds have recently died and more are left
homeless; the daily unheard of traumas and tragedies of many; another
event in the long saga of the Middle East--this time, a suicide
bombing at a Passover Feat in an Israeli hotel, while peace talks are
going on among Arabs in Beirut...
What is the story of Passover? How might this story appear to a
suicide bomber and his or her supporters in the Islamic world?
((First, let me say that I do not condone suicide bombings....Rather,
my concern is with why these things happen and what can happen to
create a Middle East and world of harmony...))
Again, then, what is the story of Passover? Maybe some of you know
more about this story than I do. I have celebrated with several of
many Jewish friends (in the past), and of the little I know, one is
celebrating a moment in history when Jews, who had endured so much
struggle and sorrow, smeared the blood of a lamb upon their door, a
sign of the "chosen people," so that the angel of death
How would an Islamic militant feel about this? Obviously, I don't
know for sure what such a one would feel. Yet it seems fairly obvious
that there is a BIG problem here, when Israel is occupying
Palestinian territory (brutally occupying, for there is brutality on
both sides--Palestinians and Israelis). Palestinians have no
recognized home, no recognized state, no way to live without being
surrounded by Israeli might and power (that of the Israeli Army,
which, if reports are correct, U.S. taxpayers are funding). It is a
given that Israel is the most powerful military force in the Middle
East, a force funded, if reports are correct, by mainly the U.S.A.
So, in this light, the frustration, the massive frustration, and even
anger and hatred and desperation of the suicide bombers and their
supporters is understandable. I am not saying their actions are
right, but that their feelings and actions are (at least as far as
possible from this distance) understandable. It doesn't take a rocket
scientist, as they say, to figure this one out.
The "chosen people" have become the "chosen" by the U.S. government,
as regards the state of Israel. The "chosen" people (the Israeli
government and its supporters, which is by no means all Jew, as
witness by the massive anti-war demonstrations recently)--but the
Israeli government and its supporters are doing things to hold power
over the Palestinians.
The Palestinians are not without criminality, certainly not. But they
seem to be the "underdogs" when compared to Israel's military might,
and so "guerilla tactics", like suicide bombings, are what they use.
I find it important to consider when and how the "passover" can
become a celebration (as the Christ calls for) in the spirit of
the "new testament." When he breaks the bread and lifts the cup, he
says this is the "new testament" of my blood. This is a different
kind of event, an evolution of the passover feast. The sacrificial
Lamb is no longer without, but now within. "This is my body...This is
my blood." This blood, Steiner tells us, purified for centuries, 24
generations, is ready to enter and unite itself with Earth.
This is the new passover, the new testament, the great personal and
cosmic, divine and human sacrificial act.
Our stories run our lives. I dare say that as long as Israeli
officials (many of them, but not all) have this "old" story
of "choseness" then there is a blockage to the new harmony, the new
sense of responsibility, the practive of Love as that of Good Friday.
Yet, there are thousands who carry a new light, thousands among
Israelis (many of whom are my dear friends). There are the
Refuseniks, soldiers who refuse to participate in the war against the
Palestinians, and there are Palestinians, especially that brave group
of women, who work for peace. So, there is hope.
May all who will find this Christened Love, and May all be Fed,