Photographer Grace Cheung-Schulman recently returned from the Holy Land on a trip sponsored by American Friends of Combatants For Peace. In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Committed to joint nonviolence since its inception, CFP works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending the Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides and building a peaceful future for both peoples. The photos Grace took graphically tell a story that is virtually unknown to evangelical Christians, but is becoming more familiar and embraced by mainline Christians. Craig Hanson of We Hold These Truths was present at the mainline church where Grace's extraordinary slide show was given and discusses the significance of this in this 21 minute podcast. Grace, more than likely, would not be invited to an evangelical church because her slide show exposes the reality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The giant key in the picture is at the entrance to the Aida, Palestinian refugee camp next to Bethlehem as described in the podcast. Referenced in the podcast: "Open, Bethlehem"
We say, “Open, Bethlehem!” Sure, tourists can still enter Bethlehem from Jerusalem by transiting the wall and checkpoint that separates Israel from occupied Palestine. Most of the Christians visiting the Holy Land have been conditioned to fear and mistrust Palestinians, even Palestinian Christians. Typically, a tour bus drops the pilgrims off at one of the “dead stones” sites in the Holy Land, like the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Rarely, do these pilgrims get to interact with the local, Palestinian Christians, the “living stones,” to hear the other side of the story. Palestinian, Leila Sansour, documents how her home town, Bethlehem, is being walled in. In this 33 minute, abridged version of her compelling documentary, “Open, Bethlehem” you will learn what is happening to the birthplace of Jesus. Be sure to share this with your friends because Leila’s story will not make the 6 o’clock news!
"One Day In Gaza" is a BBC documentary that has been shown in the UK, but was cancelled by PBS in the US. It was scheduled to air on May 14, 2019, the anniversary of the "Gaza March of Return" massacre, that occurred one year earlier. Sixty Palestinians in Gaza were killed and On May 14,, 2018, the same day as the dedication of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. This documentary shows both sides of what took place but there is too much damning documentation about Israel's action's that Israeli partisans don't want Americans to know about. The contention of the WHTT podcast, "Does Israel Have a Shoot to Cripple & Maim Policy Against Palestinians?" by Chuck Carlsono, is confirmed by "One Day In Gaza." An excellent analysis of the documentary is done by Alison Weir of If Americans Knew, "View the Frontline Documentary on Gaza that PBS pulled."