WHY THE SILENCE? – 6 Feb 2012

If the Arab ‘Spring’ is wintry, how cold is its winter?!  This is an exchange of e-emails with some Arab leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Authority that I had:

Shalom B, B, Y,

I looked on Come and See, hoping that I might see in writing what I am not hearing, but am both
disappointed and disturbed:  where is the Israeli/Palestinian (call it whatever you want) Arab Christian voice expressing outrage over what is taking place in Syria?!  

Why are only Israeli “injustices and human rights violations, etc.” condemned in the strongest of language
and emotion by you and other of my Arab brothers, when right next door one of ‘your own’ is ruthlessly
murdering its citizens and fellow human beings — men, women, children — without the slightest pangs
of conscience?  Where is the concern for the fellow Christians in Syria, not to mention all the other
Syrians who are oppressed?  Christian leaders there have even expressed support for the government out
of fear of their own lives and churches.  Where is the voice of their Israeli/Palestinian fellow Christians
to stand and be strong for the testimony of the truth of Yasu, not loving their lives even unto death?  Why
are you not calling on the ‘world community’ to put a stop to the bloodshed and oppressive policies of the
brutal dictators, who are clearly no true shepherds or friends of their own people and nation?

Not saying anything publicly — and in a manner that all can hear and see — is hypocritical in the face of
all the efforts to condemn Israel and to delegitimize her right to even exist or to be supported due to her
lack of righteousness and justice against you as you perceive it — rightly or otherwise.

Your brother and fellow laborer in the vineyard of the Lord,

P.S.  My opinion article on War was not written as a ‘theology’ of war.  We don’t have to make a theology
of every subject, but simply teach according to the Word of God, the knowledge of God and His ways given
to us in the Scriptures.  I would appreciate it if you simply title the piece as War.  The photo you put in is
also editorial on your part — adding to the suggestion that I somehow am in favor of war and its horrors.