THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE DISPUTE: THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE DISPUTE: THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE

“Thou shalt not judge” Jesus spoke these words during the famous sermon-on-the-mount near Capernaum. He said we should not judge others because as we judge, so we too will be judged. That by the measure we use so it will be used back to us. He questioned why the people so often sought to take the speck from their brother’s eye when there was a plank in their own. When reflecting on these words it’s hard therefore to understand the readiness of many to judge one side or the other in this dispute. If we look at Israel and the Palestinian Authority we can see big mistakes on both sides, and if we’re honest, our own history is not good. Was it not the English who started the slave trade and later “occupied” two thirds of the planet? It was said the sun never set on the British Empire yet our church seemed happy with that! The measure by which we currently judge will be measured back to us on the Day when all will have to give account. Church leaders, who encourage people to engage in partiality, as we know, will be judged more harshly. On Jesus final journey to Jerusalem for Passover we see how the people lay out palm leaves and shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel.” The people were crying out hosanna (roshanna) meaning free us, save us, you who comes in the name of the Lord, O King of Israel. They recognised Jesus as the King written of by the prophets in the...