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    Why Don t Followers of Jesus forgo travel to Israel? By Charles E. Carlson http://whtt.org/straitgate/index.php?id=14&news=1 Recent disclosures of the Israeli
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2008
      Why Don't Followers of Jesus forgo travel to Israel?
      By Charles E. Carlson

      Recent disclosures of the Israeli practice of sonic bombing of the 1.3
      million fenced in and captive people in the Gaza Strip may take the
      award for the meanest trick yet. Israel's pilots fly made in the USA
      F-16 Fighters low and fast, deliberately breaking the sound barrier
      over sleeping people. Gaza is an island of children, four or five per
      family. Why terror? Because most people in Gaza have seen or felt
      death by explosive bombing.

      America's churches could end sonic bombing and other deliberate
      practices of starving and torturing the Palestinians overnight.
      Religious junkets to Israel are probably Israel's biggest and most
      profitable tourist industry. Ending religious tourism in Israel is
      logical. God would seem to forbid supporting those who torture
      children, some of whom are Christians. Evangelicals should stop
      talking about their obligations to Israel long enough to listen to Jesus.

      What would Jesus say about terrorizing the little children? The diabol
      ical meanness of the bullyboy, sonic bombers defy comprehension. The
      children of Gaza are used to being bombed with real bombs that blow
      off limbs and crush families under the debris. Most children in Gaza
      know shooting and bombing victims, so the sonic bombings play on the
      fear that is already present. In my brief and never to be forgotten
      few days in Gaza city, I saw and heard the sounds of real nighttime
      assassinations, the bombing launched from right overhead, from USA
      gifts of Apache helicopters.

      It is a universal practice of the bully to accuse the little kid of
      just what the bully is guilty of. Dr. Eyad Sarraj, Palestinian
      psychiatrist in Gaza City, chain smoked as he spoke to me in March
      2002 about the Gazans. He spoke of the traumatizing of the children.
      Dr. Sarraj has for years run a modest mental health clinic in Gaza
      City. To him the children were the unseen victims, many scarred for life.

      Last week Dr. Sarraj, speaking of sonic bombing, told author Laila

      "Although it is not lethal, it can lead to death indirectly, of unborn
      children, it can lead to highly traumatizing effects on children
      particularly, and adults too."

      Israel usually bombs at night when the children are asleep, elevating
      the terror with the darkness that surrounds them. In September of 2005
      Israel removed the 21 settlements housing a scant 6000 Israelis in
      Gaza, which made Sonic-bombing possible. Israel would never terrify
      its own citizen's children with sonic bombs. But once the squatters
      were gone, 1.3 million residents of Gaza were no longer protected by
      the presence of the Israelis scattered about Gaza.

      Can an evangelical pastor imagine himself, stripped and beaten by
      soldiers in front of the wife and children? How can a pastor lead a
      flock of lavish spending 'Christians" on a five star posh tour of
      Israel when sonic bombing torture is going on?

      Why Don't Followers of Jesus forgo travel to Israel?
      Answer: No one has suggested they stop! No one has challenged them,
      picketed them, confronted them, and scalded their collective
      conscience. Project Strait Gate does.

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      Scottsdale, AZ, 85267

      480 947 3329



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