Israël ne peut pas s’appuyer sur le terme de « Terre promise » figurant dans la Bible pour « justifier le retour des juifs en Israël et l’expatriation des Palestiniens ». C’est ce que déclare aujourd’hui le Vatican qui explique qu’il « n’est pas permis de recourir à des positions bibliques et théologiques pour en faire un instrument pour justifier les injustices ». Le synode pour le Moyen-Orient, réuni par le pape, demande qu’il soit mis fin à l’occupation israélienne des « différents territoires arabes ».
Au cœur de ce message, les évêques du Moyen-Orient appellent la communauté internationale à faire appliquer les résolutions des Nations unies de façon à mettre fin à l’occupation israélienne des territoires arabes.
Plus encore, ils reprochent à l’Etat hébreu de recourir à des positions bibliques, pour justifier les injustices faites aux Palestiniens.
Devant la presse, un évêque s’est ensuite expliqué : « On ne peut, a dit ce prélat libanais, se baser sur le concept de Terre promise, pour justifier aujourd’hui le retour des juifs en Israël, ou l’occupation de la Palestine ».
Global Research, April 26, 2010
Jewish Fast for Gaza – 2010-04-21
Dear Judge Goldstone,As rabbis from diverse traditions and locations, we want to extend our warmest mazel tov to you as an elder in our community upon the Bar Mitzvah of your grandson. Bar and Bat Mitzvah is a call to conscience, a call to be responsible for the welfare of others, a call to fulfill the covenant of peace and justice articulated in our tradition.
As rabbis, we note the religious implications of the Report you authored. We are reminded of Shimon Ben Gamliel’s quote, “The world stands on three things: justice, truth, and peace as it says ‘Execute the judgment of truth, and justice and peace will be established in your gates’ (Zaccariah 8:16).” We affirm the truth of the report that bears your name.
We are deeply saddened by the controversy around the report. We affirm your findings and believe you set up an impeccable standard that presents strong evidence that during the war in Gaza Israel engaged in war crimes that revealed a pattern of continuous and systematic assault against Palestinian people and land that has very little to do with Israel’s claim of security. Your report made clear the intentional targeting of civilian infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, agricultural properties, water and sewage treatment centers and civilians themselves with deadly weapons that are illegal when used in civilian centers.
This is the ugly truth that is so hard for many Jewish people to face. Anyone who spends a day in Palestinian territories sees this truth immediately.
Judge Goldstone, we want to offer you our deepest thanks for upholding the principles of justice, compassion and truth that are the heart of Jewish religion and without which our claims to Jewishness are empty of meaning. We regret that your findings have led to controversy and caused you not to feel welcome at your own grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. We believe your report is a clarion call to Israel and the Jewish people to awaken from the slumber of denial and return to the path of peace.
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence
Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
This letter is supported by Taanit Tzedek- Jewish Fast for Gaza , Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Nonviolence, Tikkun and the Shalom Center.
If you are a rabbi and would like to add your name to this statement, send an e-mail to Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb (rabbilynn at earthlink dot net).
Many Christians ascribe to a theology that teaches that the Jews have a divine right to a piece of real estate and thus, uncritically support the Israeli government’s policies that privilege any Jew without any historical tie to the land at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians, and this is the fuel of much of today’s Anti-Semitism and distrust of and anger at America.
« On March 10, 1948, eleven men had a meeting in the Red House headed by Ben Gurion. The eleven decided to expel one million Palestinians from historical Palestine. No minutes were taken, but many memoirs were written about that fateful meeting. A systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestine began and within seven months the Zionists managed to expel one half of all the Palestinian people from their villages and towns.
« The New York Times followed Israeli troops and reported the truth of the expulsion and separation of men and women, and of the many massacres. The world was well informed in 1948, but a year later not a trace was reported in the USA press or books. It was as if nothing ever happened.
« From March to October 1948 the USA State Department stated what was happening was a CRIME against humanity and ethnic cleansing. When ever one ethnic group expels another group they should be treated as War Criminals and the victims should be allowed to return. This is never mentioned in the USA about Palestine.
« Israel is so successful in their ethnic cleansing because the world doesn’t care! The ethnic cleansing continues via the apartheid policies of the Israeli government and because of the denial of the truth by the USA media.
Jewish Zionism began with the hope that all Jewish people would have a safe and peaceful dwelling place, but it has become an ideology of superiority, which has corrupted the faith of Judaism!
In 1948, American Mark Braverman was born into a devoutly religious and Zionist home, but the scales fell from his eyes when he experienced life in the West Bank. In FATAL EMBRACE he speaks as a Jewish prophet and also explains Walter Brueggemann’s analysis of ‘the land’ as a metaphor:
« On the ninth of Av, when I stood on the outskirts of Jerusalem, a Jerusalem I now saw marching to its own destruction. I felt like the prophet Jeremiah and like Jesus eight centuries later, overcome with grief…[Jeremiah mourns] for the brokenness and imminent disaster awaiting the people. But the mourning is not about victimhood: it is about the self-inflicted nature of disaster to come. » 
For Brueggemann, the land is a « core metaphor for the drama of God’s people struggling to come to terms with the divine imperative to live justly…it is at once the promise and the problem…Possession of the land is totally conditional on obedience to God’s plan as expressed in the covenant…The land…is a powerful force for well-being characterized by social coherence…security and freedom…the land is a vast metaphor about home, homelessness, loss, transgressions, forgiveness and redemption…God’s promise of land to Israel…is at the heart of the covenant…Christians cannot speak seriously to Jews unless we acknowledge land to be the central agenda. [It is] the locus of meaning [and] the issue of identity…there is an entitlement that must be acknowledged…What would the prophets say? » [6
« From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught…that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, ‘vomit you out’ if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]:
« When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’ but also ‘you shall love the other.' » 
Christians are called to be peacemakers, to forgive and love their enemies and to try to reconcile with all people. And the cross is also a metaphor!
2,000 years ago the cross had no religious symbolic meaning and was not a piece of jewelry. When Jesus said: « Pick up your cross and follow me » everyone back then understood he was issuing a POLITICAL statement, for the main roads into Jerusalem were lined with crucified agitators, rebels, dissidents and any who disturbed the status quo of the Roman Empire and Military Occupying Forces.
Christians could indeed change the world; if they would only pick up that cross!
My Ninth of Av experiences:
« We all need a psychiatrist, but we cannot afford one, so we do activism.”
Crossing Paths With Vanunu for the Fifth Time……
1. WRMEA, March 2010, page 35
5. Mark Braverman, FATAL EMBRACE, pages 155-156
6. Braverman, pages 157-159
7. Rabbi Lerner, TIKKUN Magazine, page 35, Sept./Oct. 2007
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We reach out to the « lost sheep » inside our churches who do not know they are lost. They will remain lost if they listen only to their apostate religious leaders. Our purpose is to point the ancient way to the « Strait Gate. »* Christian-Zionism, by whatever name, is not that path and is purely a political movement. We would turn Christ followers to Peacemakers, away from the evil of warring on behalf of Israel, or for any other foreign state. We humbly believe God must see Christian-Zionism as the vilest apostasy in the 2000 year history of Christianity.