A Golden Jubilee

The news has been depressing so I haven’t posted in awhile. Things have been spiralling downward in Palestine and Israel. The level of provocation from the Israeli government has just continued to escalate since the summer. There have been parallel increases in military and settler violence directed toward Palestinians and in response there has been an increase in the number of individual Palestinians striking out against Israelis. It is very depressing.

On a personal level, I felt great after the United Church General Council meetings when we voted in favour of significant changes to our policy on Palestine and Israel. But since then, the inertia within the bureaucracy of the denomination has curbed my enthusiasm. (Any notion that I see any parallels between the dysfunctionality of church bureaucracy and that portrayed in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm is purely coincidental and unintended ;-).

Then, I along with many Canadians felt relief when Harper’s Likud (a.k.a. Conservative) government was defeated. But, to date the new Trudeau government has not shifted the Canadian position at the UN with respect to Palestine and Israel. Of course, the new government has a few other things on its plate. The Climate Summit, the G 20 meetings and Davos for the Economic Summit to reintroduce Canada to the world, dealing with the situation in Syria with respect to refugees and finding a graceful way out of bombing that same country, plus dealing with an economy that has been collapsing because we became a petro-currency under Harper makes my frustration with the slow pace of my home renos seem like whining on my part.

So, I have been left feeling depressed and frustrated.

The other day I decide to have a nap, a good thing to do on a cold winter day. I was thinking about Jesus going to Nazareth and reading from the scroll of Isaiah. Then it came to me in a flash. I had an insight about why Netanyahu has been cranking up the pressure on Palestine.

I suspect Bibi has been reading the Bible and Shakespeare. He longs to be remembered by history as the archetype hero found in Shakespeare and the Bible.                                         – He realizes next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.   – He also recognizes the Shakespearean genius surrounding twists and turns in plots.

So to leave his mark on history, he will continue to put pressure on the Palestinians until the 50th anniversary of the war and then declare the Year of the Jubilee! The land taken from the Palestinians will be restored! Reparations to those whose property has been destroyed and those who have been kept in prisons will be made! He will place flowers in the barrels of every rifle carried by the Israeli military. There will be great feasts and a huge truth and reconciliation project will be initiated! The Palestinian leaders will make similar efforts toward innocent Israelis who have been harmed.

These brave and bold actions will lead to world peace.

In reaction to Bibi’s conversion:

  • Vladimir Putin will ride a horse from Moscow to London and then turn himself into British authorities.
  • ISIS leaders will realize that Islam is a religion of peace and stand down.
  • GM and Toyota will introduce vehicles that run on salt water.
  • The money saved from military spending will be used to provide clean water, food, education and health care to all in need around the world.
  • President Donald Trump will be especially touched. He will enhance and expand Obamacare, bring in significant gun control, welcome all immigrants to American shores, introduce a new tax on the wealthiest 2% and get a great looking new hair cut.

Then I woke up.


About Steve Berube

I am a team minister at St. Paul's United Church in Riverview, NB, Canada. I served as a human rights observer in Bethlehem while on sabbatical in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) of the World Council of Churches.
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3 Responses to A Golden Jubilee

  1. Wendy says:

    Good one, Steve. It could happen…(well, not the one about Donald Trump, but the rest of it). May your dreams come true

  2. Paul Burns says:

    I want you to stop the medication you are obviously taking before sleeping – or at least share. 😀

  3. Claudia says:

    O Steve! I so share your dream [maybe we’re taking the same meds ;-)], and I read this wonderful blog with tears in my eyes while my lips curve into a smile. maybe we have to just believe enough – in word, thought and action – to make these dreams come true!

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