Monday, 26 March 2012

Musalaha: Breaking Down the Dividing Wall of Hostility

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility... His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace." (Ephesians 2:14-15)

Musalaha is unique. It promotes reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians as demonstrated in the life and teaching of Jesus. They endeavour to be an encouragement and advocate of reconciliation, first among Palestinian and Israeli believers and then beyond to our respective communities. Musalaha also aims at facilitating bridge building among different segments of Israeli and Palestinian societies according to biblical reconciliation principles.

Salim J. Munayer, the founder of Musalaha writes in their latest newsletter of a lady who has been an inspiration to him:
 When visiting Detroit this past January, I had the opportunity to visit the Henry Ford Museum.  One particular exhibit was very emotionally moving to me.  The museum houses the Rosa Parks bus that she sat in on December 1, 1955 when she refused to give up her seat for a white man.  I had the opportunity to sit in the very seat she sat in on the bus that fateful December day in Montgomery, Alabama, and as I sat there, so many thoughts came to mind.  Rosa Parks was known as a devout, law-abiding, hard-working Christian woman.  What motivated her that day, and did she think through the personal cost before making that decision?  So few people were willing to take a stand and question the injustice and powers that be, especially considering the violent repercussions that often followed in Montgomery – lynching, death threats, unemployment, and harassment, to name a few.  In her refusal to give up her seat for a white man, she insisted that she be viewed as an equal human being instead of a member of a different or oppressed race.  Her simple act of defiance had many personal ramifications, but it launched the nascent civil rights cause on a national level. 
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