On this Great and Holy
Friday, Christians in the Holy Land feel like crying
out the same words of our Lord and Savior, “My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” (Mark
15:34) Especially since September 2000 there has been
no change on the ground from the awful military occupation
that strips people from their very basic human rights.
And at the same time seeing all our hope in Christ who
offers eternal life, we remember the most important
words of all, “Forgive them, for they do not know
what they are doing” (Luke 23:34)
Thus on this most holy day, we must forgive that we
live behind the huge Apartheid Wall that keeps us as
prisoners in an open space.
We must forgive that there are 600 military checkpoints
all around us.
We must forgive that all the natural resources, the
roads, the seaport, the airport are all controlled by
the Zionist State of Israel.
We must forgive that seven million dollars each day
of innocent American taxpayers money is spent in the
name of security for Israel.
We must forgive that more than 24,000 Palestinian
houses have been demolished.
We must forgive that more than one million trees have
We must forgive that Israel ignores more than 60 UN
We must forgive that 531 Palestinian villages were
destroyed by Zionist forces.
However, as we forgive can we also take non violent
action. I am appealing to all my Brothers and Sisters
in Christ to please express their solidarity by endorsing
the Kairos Palestine Document. www.kairospalestine.ps.
Palestinian Christian leaders have issued the Kairos
Palestine Document calling on Churches around the world
“to say a word of truth and to take a position
of truth with regard to Israel’s occupation of
Palestinian land.” Please, I beg you to have your
bishops, priests and friends review and sign this very
important non violent action asking for our basic human
rights in the very land made holy by Christ Himself.
Returning to live under military occupation reminds
me that Christ tells us the one who will stay patient
until the very end will be saved (Matt 10:22). Thus
in Palestine we are patiently waiting for freedom and
our basic human rights reminding the whole world that
our Christian presence in this very land of Christ’s
Holy Resurrection is vital for peace and reconciliation.
Therefore during this most holy and sacred time in
the Holy Land, Christians will continue to be peace
makers and continue to witness for Christ’s love
and for the Truth that Christ is the Light of the world.
Fight the good fight until the end (1 Tim 6:12). It
is the Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem on Great
and Holy Saturday that reminds us truly the Lord is
Risen! A most blessed and Holy Pascha celebration to