Are these our values?

Recently, a friend reading this blog suggested I take a look at a video about lack of freedom of movement in the West Bank. (Thank you, Kathee.)  The video was posted on the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls page. This is a good resource to learn more about the current issues in the West Bank from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The video detailed the frustrations of people trying to move about in the West Bank.  But there was more.  There was a link to lots more videos.  So I’m just now getting into this rich resource for telling the story of what’s going on, and the question the videos raise: are these our values?  The videos are full of witness reports.  For instance, Jeff Halper, a Jewish man who has been the coordinator for the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions, speaks passionately in one of the videos about the anguish of ethnic cleansing he has been witnessing, and the appalling policy of demolition of an astounding number of Palestinian homes.  Since we provide Israel with $3 billion dollars of aid each year, it is a question that has to be raised.  What are we buying?  To see these videos and learn more about the project that created them, go to The Chicago Hearing page.  It’s worth your time.

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