* The Colombian congregation, Communidad Cristiano de Monte Santo, is a sister church with Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, Man. Incorrect information appeared in the "Hockey binds Colombian, Canadian congregations" article, Nov. 30, page 20.
12 Canadian Mennonite January 25, 2010 recognized borders. I will say, however, that the final remarks of the Jew If it does, then it is the height of hypocrisy for such is correct for the most part, except for the sad com- a view to be held by European descendants living in ment that the one-state solution will not come to be. North America. The history of Israel’s wrongs against Fact of the matter is, a two-state solution will never be the Palestinian people is parallelled by the history a viable solution either. of violence, oppression and mistreatment commit- If Israel is going to exemplify the qualities of a true ted by the governments of both Canada and the U.S. democracy, it will need to embrace diversity within its against the indigenous populations of their respective population. The 1.5 million Palestinians on the West countries. Bank and in Gaza are actually living in a prison state, Would MCC even think, much less state out loud, exemplified by the restricted mobility of its citizens that the sovereignty and existence of these two nations and the badly destroyed infrastructure. be called into question as an essential part of seeking Furthermore, the Palestinians within Israel have peace with justice for the indigenous populations of limited citizenship rights. The settlements on the West North America? Of course not. Bank on “occupied territories” are judged to be illegal So why do so regarding Israel? Seitz says that MCC by the international community. The Israeli govern- seeks “justice for all, Palestinians and Israelis alike.” ments over the years have repeatedly ignored every Yet, it makes no more sense to think that the loss of UN resolution against it, except the first one that home, land and citizenship for Israelis can possibly recognized Israel as a state. The wall Israel has built be part of a just peace with the Palestinians any more will never last and is an embarrassment in every way. than to think that security for the state of Israel can be The solution will be very difficult to be sure. I will sustained on the denial of home, land and citizenship offer a Christian faith answer. It will require a divine to Palestinians. miracle. An Israeli state and a Palestinian state—co-existing The Palestinians will need to accept the fact that side-by-side in mutual security, engaging in mutually their land was stolen, just as Canadian aboriginals had beneficial exchange—seems to me a possible and to also accept this fact about the European invasion. promising way of achieving the prophet Micah’s vision “Right of return” must be available for both groups. of peace: everyone sitting under his own vine and fig
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