I know Christians working in numerous troubled parts of the world all over. Pakistan, South Africa, Chile, Ukraine and many more. Western nations as well. For me, being in Israel has to be one of the most difficult, not so much just in the context of my actual role and living there, but more in case of being an ambassador and explaining to people in my home country both Christians and non-Christians alike why I am volunteering there.
“Christians supporting Israel? Oh so you are Zionist are you?” is sometimes reactions I get. This week has been particularly difficult as I try and explain to some people what I believe why the IDF had to board the ships by ‘freedom fighters’ trying to enter Gaza.
In a usual predictable fashion, there is worldwide condemnation of Israel being an aggressor on civilians yet again. But hold on are these people really people providing humanitarian aid and support to the Palestinians? Look on Youtube and you can see videos released by the IDF about these people came armed, ok mostly with relatively crude weapons, kitchen knives, iron bars and such, but still able to kill. Fine if you wish to make a legitimate statement they could of just held up banners and could arrange a third party from the UN to arbitrate sending goods and assistance from their boat to the people in Gaza, instead they were there motives are not so well intentioned. Even more so, one of the pro-Palestinian activists (I think from the UK or Europe) brought an 18 month old child, why? Sounds familiar like Hamas terrorists deliberately attack Israel from amongst buildings knowingly containing women and children. To the folks from Europe, just like some anarchic animal rights protest group, it probably seems jolly exciting to join a band of mercenaries against what they have read as an oppressive authority, and join a cause. Its now been found that the supposed Turkish freedom fighters have links to Al Queda.
As I said earlier, I am not really a political sort of person. In the UK I have voted on all three parties at different years, sometimes though when injustice and lies come from our familiar media channels you need to speak out, and when you are a Christian supporting Israel, your views are not always very popular. All boycotts are a stupid and pointless thing and don’t achieve anything productive. Instead we need pray and show love to people in all places of conflict. Israel may get financial support from the US, but for me as a volunteer, the kind donations I have been given by people this year can be counted on one hand. I am in great need of sponsorship and through asking through various channels, finding a regular sponsor has turned up very little so far.
My role as an IT administrator in the charity in Jerusalem means I have a relatively hidden backroom job but very necessary role of keeping a charity infrastructure running. As usual with my blog I don’t like talking about politics and arguing, so I will get back to just more biblical places I have visited and seeing people in need lifted up and encouraged by the different Christian organisations I know of here.