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Historisk utveckling: unga Evangelikala amerikaner upptäcker Palestina!

Rest in pieces

Den Kristna Högern har i decennier varit de Israeliska “bosättarnas” främsta stöd. Medan USA:s judiska befolkning har varit splittrad om ockupationen så har den Krista Högern inte haft några som helst problem med att stödja den allt brutalare ockupationen, decennium in och decennium ut, inte minst ekonomiskt. Inte bara i USA utan också i Sverige.

Men i takt med att en ny generation växer upp här i USA så kan det vara på väg att ändras.

Shira Rubin skriver i US News and World Report: In Israel, It’s Not Your Parents’ Evangelicals. As more millennial evangelicals work with Palestinians, their understanding of the conflict evolves.

TEL AVIV — Hayley Ruth says volunteering in the West Bank city of Bethlehem is her personal religious mission, no matter how controversial it might be back in her hometown in Tennessee, where “this place called Palestine was never really talked about.”
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For decades, evangelicals have been among the strongest supporters of the U.S. Republican Party, helping to make commitment to Israel one of the required talking points for any GOP presidential hopeful. Large evangelical organizations have poured millions of dollars into expanding and supporting the West Bank’s Jewish settlements, which lie in territory considered by many to be illegally occupied, but which many evangelicals see as part of the birthright of the Jewish nation.

But evangelicals’ traditional eschatological and political views are fracturing due to pushback by a number of groups, including globally minded millennials like Ruth who say their missions are shaped by social justice issues. They are avoiding the air-conditioned bus trips that stop at biblical sites in Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee and are instead volunteering for the Palestinian Christian and Muslim communities that reside behind Israel’s towering separation wall.

Små små blommor spirar med andra ord i betongen och den Palestinska ockupationen framstår för dagens unga för vad den är ett: brutalt förtryck som inte längre kan försvaras.

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