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Shalom, As-salamu alakum, 평화!

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During the WCC 10th Assembly, I had the privilege of joining EAPPI’s talk show, Tea time for Peace in Israel and Palestine, in order to share my personal experience as EAs with people having concerns on the issue of the relationship between Palestine and Israel. Here is my presentation file, <shalom,>. I’d love to share this with you!

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Shalom, As-salamu alakum, 평화!

  1. 1. Shalom, As-salamu alakum, 평화! “Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Matthew 22:39) Tea time for Peace in Israel and Palestine 6th of November, 2013 Sunkyo, PARK (The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea)
  2. 2. Reasons for becoming an EA  Wanted to witness a “real” situation of Israel and Palestine  Theological perspectives, 1. To examine a dichotomous thinking which Israelis are always good and Palestine(s) are always bad 2. To look for a possibility which religions can play a role for being a peacemaker
  3. 3. Bethlehem-The Holy Land?
  4. 4. The Separation Wall  In April 2002, Israeli government planed to set the separation wall which they believe it as “the security wall”  The total length of the wall is 708 km. It has been completed 62%. 8% is under construction. And the rest of them is planned.  In 2004, the International Court of Justice, ICJ) ruled the wall unconstitutional.  UN report(2011)-522 check point
  5. 5. Problems of the wall-Monitoring CP 300  No freedom of residence and work  Surveillance societies by Israeli soldiers  Human rights violation  EAs monitor a checkpoint 300 every day from 4:00 in the morning
  6. 6. People living under the separation wall-throwing a stone  In Bethlehem, I encountered an armed conflict between Israeli soldiers and Palestine children.  Witnessed a child holding a stone, which is the way of defending himself against armed soldiers.  Why did he hold the stone?
  7. 7. People living under the separation wall-Village visit  In order to visit An Nu’man village, I had to pass a checkpoint which operates only for this village.  The story of this woman, her house was demolished by Israeli soldiers. But it is difficult to build a house because she can’t bring building supplies such as pipe, lumber and all the other things.  The more serious problem is that her child suffered from psychological trauma.
  8. 8. People living under the separation wall-School Run  Right to Education!  EAPPI runs a school run programme with the cooperation of UNICEF.  There are three different roads-only for Israelite(s), especially (illegal) settlers, only for Palestine(s), and for both of them  All most problems are occurred on the road which Israelite and Palestine use. Palestine students throw stones toward Israeli settlers.  In order to prevent the problem, Israeli soldiers stand on the street and tighten guard. There are many incidents between soldiers and students.
  9. 9. Churches’ responsibilities for Peace in this region  Churches support a movement for Palestine people, by the people, and of the people.  Got a wisdom from Tent of Nations; People Building Bridges  David, the owner of family farm, has been trying to transform their angers and sorrows into peace with a peaceful manner.  Every year, many foreigners visit the farm to support and promote the peace.

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