I do not stand with a government that occupies, humiliates, and dehumanizes the other.
I do not stand with a nation that teaches their children that the killing of the other is “good for the state”.
I do not stand with a government that views successive generations of the other as “blades of grass” that must be “mowed down” so they “know their place”.
I do not stand with a government that forbids husbands and wives from living together based on one being born on the wrong side of a fence.
I do not stand with a government that believes that the blatantly illegal collective punishment is “self defense”.
I do not stand with a government that believes the appropriate response to attacks by outdated and ineffective military technology is to shell an entire population by land, sea, and air.
I do not stand with a government that views a 139 mi2 area with no access to airports, seaports, or the rest of the country as “unoccupied”.
I do not stand with a government that assassinates the other and then cries foul when the same is returned.
I do not stand with a group that glorifies killing innocent civilians as martyrdom.
I do not stand with a group that only sees peace through the elimination of their enemy.
I do not stand with a government or group run by religious extremists bent on destroying each other.
I do not stand with a group that believes the path to peace comes through rockets and missiles and bombs and death and destruction.
I do not stand with Israel.
I do not stand with Hamas.
I do not stand with those who say we should support Israel because “the Bible says so”.
I stand with those who know no hands are clean in this conflict.
I stand with those who are unafraid to speak prophetically to BOTH sides.
I stand with the 2/3 of both Palestinians and Israelis who desire peace through non-violent means.
I stand with the innocents caught in the middle of this deadly powerplay between religious extremists.
I mourn with the families who have lost loved ones.
I weep for the children who live in constant fear.
I weep for those who view “the other” as something less than human.
I weep for those who refuse to see the image of God in the people on the other side of the fence.
But mostly… I pray.