Boycott, Divest, Sanction: The legacy of King and Mandela
Catholic Sentinel March 7, 2012 Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
The JustFaith program at St. Pius X Parish in Portland went to hear a Palestinian justice advocate to speak in Seattle this winter. Omar Barghouti suggests boycotts, divestiture and sanctions as a way to help the Palestinian people emerge from what he considers Israeli occupation.
Barghouti, who follows the nonviolent methods of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., aims to end what he calls an apartheid legal and cultural system. He is an electrical engineering graduate from Columbia University.
Barghouti cited Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu who in apartheid South Africa instructed his oppressed people to “decolonize your mind first.”
JustFaith is a 30 week program of prayer, study and action for justice based on Catholic social teaching. Participants learn about civil rights, peace and justice efforts and the nonviolence of Jesus. They examine how their purchases and investments might further unjust systems. Their formation has included "Journey To Justice," a retreat organized by the Office of Life, Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Portland.
Why the United States Supports Israel
"As the U.S.-Israel relationship reaches 60 years of unflagging dedication, it is indeed important to consider what precisely is the basis for this strong alliance.
Ultimately, American influence is not aimed at hegemony, but rather is motivated by the sincere conviction that democracy, free-market economy, free press, and Western-styled civil rights optimize the symbiosis between government and people and leads to stability. Israel is the only regime in its region that possesses these qualities, and therefore American support of Israel demonstrates our commitment to these values and furthermore serves as means of projecting our values into a distant sector of the world."http://tech.mit.edu/V127/N48/fried.html
From what has been put out from Office of Justice and Peace; it's newsletters, directors over the years and the "JustFaith" debacle, anti-Semitism is alive and well in the Archdiocese of Portland.
President George Bush was called a "war criminal" until a long time Office of Justice and Peace Director, Frank Fromherz was finally booted from the Archdiocese. This took over thirty years....and the beat goes on.
It's time to address the anti-Semitism of this article, I believe, showing the "slip" of the heart of the Archdiocese of Portland.
I was told once by the Archbishop's special projects person that "We believe differently in the Archdiocese of Portland" during the 2008 election.
They are different. It's time to learn the Faith and promote the Saints and Martyrs of the Catholic Church who followed in the footsteps of Christ to really set us free. Israel is our ally it's time to remember that.