We, who are also citizens of the world, brothers and sisters here in the Philippines, are calling on all peoples of the world to protest Israel’s military attack in Gaza.
More than a thousand had already died. Children and women included. There are also innocent civilians who died in the fighting between Israeli and Hamas troops. This kind of happening only shows violence and disrespect to human life. Life that is only loaned to us by Elohim God who created humankind according to his image.
Along side with the declaration by the United Nations that this attack is unjust and it must be stopped, we are also convicted that this must be stopped for such is also killing the self. Killing the self for the other fellow human being is also the self in accordance to Filipino wisdom. Therefore this must be condemned and protested upon for the sake of ourselves and of human dignity.
The other fellow human being is related to the self. Humankind, male and female, is created in the image of Elohim (Genesis/Bereshit 1.26-27). We are all coming from God the creator. All human races are brothers and sisters in God (Bereshit 5.1-2); hence, the teaching of the Scripture not to kill a fellow human being knowing that s/he hails from God (Bereshit 9.1-7). This is what the Torah clearly teaches. And in this kind of teaching, we can confidently say that killing a fellow other who is also truly the self is pure madness.
This conviction is righteous having being based from the wisdom of the United Nations, Filipino culture and teaching of the Torah. And these three solidly justify our protest against Israel’s military attack on the Palestinians. Palestinians, to be exact, are also brothers-and-sisters and relatives of the Israelis having also descended from their ancestors Abraham, Noah and Adam. And we, Filipinos as fellow human beings, are also brothers-and-sisters of both Israelis and Palestinians.
Therefore it is not right for us to remain silent concerning those issues mentioned above.
On the other hand, we are calling the Hamas to pave ways for peace with Israel. They must not use humans as shields in the fighting. They must stop launching rockets to Israel. Islam is peace. The Holy Koran teaches humanity as a brother- and sisterhood under Allah for we all hail from our fore parents–Adam and Eve (Sura 49.13).
Besides being against Israeli government and the Hamas movement, we are also against the position of Filipino Christians who directly or indirectly supports Israel’s oppression and bombing of Gaza. Though we strongly disagree with their teachings, we are open to dialogue with them so that we can create and come up with a practical peace theology.
This statement is the conviction of those who signed their names below. This is being propagated in the whole Philippines as well as to the three million strong overseas Filipino diasporas working and living abroad on this planet which God gave us to be our home together.
Shalom, salam, peace for Israelis, Palestinians and all the peoples of the whole world!
Jack Dosejo Alvarez, Servant Pastor at Komunidad Kay Kristo
Dann Pantoja, Founding President & CEO at Peacebuilders Community
Hadje Sadje, Peace for Life
Darnell Barkman, PeaceChurch Philippines
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