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  • Report: Palestinian Christian Diplomacy in Fight against Christian Zionists


    Report: Palestinian Christian Diplomacy in Fight against Christian Zionists February 08, 2019 15:42

    Source: International Middle East Media Center

    http://imemc.org/article/report-palestinian-christian-diplomacy-in-fight-against-christian-zionists/

     

    By Daoud Kuttab

    Published February 8, 2019

     

    The Palestinian government is turning to its own Christian community and even its evangelicals to campaign against distorted Christian Zionists.

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  • Will Palestine finally recognize local evangelicals?


    Will Palestine finally recognize local evangelicals? March 01, 2019 22:01

    Source: Al-Monitor

    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/02/palestinian-evangelicals-recognition-christian-zionism.html

     

    BY Daoud Kuttab 

    Published February 18, 2019

     

    After years of inaction and even rejection, the Palestinian government appears poised to recognize local evangelical churches in Palestine.

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  • Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times


    Politics is religion, and the right is getting ready for the end times March 20, 2019 16:28

    Source: The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-left-was-about-salvation-the-right-is-about-the-end-times/2019/03/18/2cd16898-49b8-11e9-9663-00ac73f49662_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.99d247856410&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

     

    By Michael Gerson

    Published March 18, 2019

     

    As politics has become a religion in so many lives, political discourse has taken on theological overtones. I am not referring to President Trump’s accusation of a “witch hunt,” which places the FBI in the role of Puritan divines. This is merely an absurd metaphor.

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  • Let’s Get Radical … Be Kind!


    Let’s Get Radical … 	Be Kind! July 17, 2017 11:34

    Source: The Times of Israel 

    http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/lets-get-radical-be-kind/

    Published JULY 18, 2017

     

    By Abraham A. van Kempen, Editor

    BUILDING THE BRIDGE FOUNDATION, THE NETHERLANDS

     

    What is better? A cataclysmic apocalypse or a catalytic thrust based on mutual trust! Can the politicians solely resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Quest To Co-Exist? Should terror for or against, perpetrated by either or both with the inevitable repercussions of reprisals, reign? Blood begets more blood, triggering the warring parties to fortify their resolve to regain their dignity; and, the world is enraged; and the people of Israel and of Palestine are split apart from within. Imagine being interlocked with unlikely people, the key to enduring change. Without that key, peace building itself collapses. The richness and vitality of our differences will dignify and can deepen our dialogue.

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  • What Does Christianity Say About One People, One Land, One God?


    What Does Christianity Say About One People, One Land, One God? September 21, 2018 20:17

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

     

    Source: The Times of Israel

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/what-does-christianity-say-about-one-people-one-land-one-god/

    Published SEP 22, 2018

     

    When asked on my first day in kindergarten, ‘where were you born,’ I sparkled with pride: ‘Palaestina!’ Palaestina, pronounced in Dutch, sounded so exotic.

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  • EQUALITY, EQUALITY, EQUALITY – Feared in the Land of ‘Zionism’ …


    EQUALITY, EQUALITY, EQUALITY – Feared in the Land of ‘Zionism’ … September 15, 2018 11:10

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

     
    Source: The Times of Israel

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/equality-equality-equality-feared-in-the-land-of-zionism/

    Published SEP 14, 2018

     

    When the Palestinians are Freed, SO ARE WE.

     

    In my letter to President Barack Obama, dated 29 January 2015, I asked: “Instead of heading toward a Native American model with Palestinians confined on reservations amid a sea of Israeli settlements and security zones, why not [authenticate Israel’s democracy with] open borders, freedom of movement? Mr. President, many people around the world would like to hear you say: ‘Mr. Netanyahu, tear down those walls.’”

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  • When the Palestinians are Freed, SO ARE WE…


    When the Palestinians are Freed, SO ARE WE… August 31, 2018 10:49

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

     

    Source: The Times of Israel

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/to-avoid-criticism-do-nothing-be-nothing/

    Published AUG 31, 2018

     

    To Avoid Criticism, Do Nothing, Be Nothing? Not Jeremy Corbyn! As Mr Jeremy Corbyn is being raked over the coals I can only admire him more. He’s doing what a leader does … guiding us through the irresolvable toward the attainable. As a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, a British Subject, and a Jew, I salute Mr Jeremy Corbyn.

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  • Will Evangelicals Ever Champion BDS?


    Will Evangelicals Ever Champion BDS? August 23, 2018 18:34

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

     

    Could the 70 million American Evangelicals with their 600+ followers worldwide endorse and promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to rein in Israel? Yes! But first they must snap out of their trance idolizing Israel. Modern Israel rejects the prophetic ideals of Judaism. The fullness of Christianity reflects the prophetic ideals.

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  • To Dignify or To Destroy


    To Dignify or To Destroy September 04, 2018 00:50

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

     

    Source: The Times of Israel

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/to-dignify-or-to-destroy/

    Published SEP 3, 2018

     

    Let’s Change the Way America Thinks About Israel-Palestine …

     

    That’s my mission. Going against the current, diving into the deepest storm and keeping my head above the rolling waves while whirling in clashing swirls to gently but firmly channel American Evangelicals back into the fullness of Christianity! So, what’s my mission? Nothing short of helping to change the way America thinks about Israel-Palestine; and, resuming my training to cross the Dead Sea in 2020, from Jordan to Israel, swimming on my back at age 70 when the time is ripe. Because … when the Palestinians are freed, so are we.

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  • Year 5779 … Can Oil and Vinegar Become One?


    Year 5779 …  Can Oil and Vinegar Become One? September 10, 2018 16:17

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

     


    Source: The Times of Israel

    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/year-5779-can-oil-and-vinegar-become-one/

    Published SEP 10, 2018

     

    Yes! Just shake the bottle! The particles will freely move and become one. Freedom of movement – freedom from bondage, freedom from borders – is the essence that sparks fusion. Freedom is catalytic. Bondage is cataclysmic.

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