wish I were there

21 Aug

Postcards sometimes come in the mail with a message from our friends, “Wish you were here.”

I am hoping my friends in the town of Beit Jala, in the area of Bethlehem, in the West Bank of Palestine, will see this message, sent by me to them, “Wish I were there.”

I wish I were there.

I wish I were there with you in Cremisan Valley.

I wish I were there with you to prayerfully protest the taking of your land.

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I wish I were there with you, as the Israeli government under the protection of the Israeli Defense Forces starts again to uproot your olive trees, to clear the way for the separation wall that they prepare to build on your land.

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I wish I were there to genuflect with you and your priests before the altar, decorated with new olive trees in front of it and Israeli soldiers behind it; before the altar, on which rests that blue ceramic chalice that was the gift of our parish and our teachers to you, when we celebrated Mass with you in that same valley. 082115 11222005_980856798657888_5074133491311356836_n

I wish I were there to stand beside your Catholic parish priest as he stands in front of – and stands up to – the Israeli soldiers.

082115 11887968_1097448430284141_441573760240644836_nI wish I were there with you in Cremisan Valley.

I wish I were there.

(Unfamiliar with the news story of August 18, 2015: see Israel resumes work on controversial separation wall in Cremisan ​​valley.)

4 Responses to “wish I were there”

  1. Tim Creech August 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    I’m willing to travel with you, if you are in need of a travel mate.

    Hope you’re doing well.

    Miss you!



  2. cmotoole2014 August 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    I wish I was standing with them also, but I am certainly standing with them in prayer.

  3. Charlene Hinners August 22, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Rob, Somehow we need to get this message out to the world and into people’s consciousness! I talk about it and folks are silently overwhelmed that this is happening, my heart aches for this whole part of the world!! Char

  4. hopevoices August 22, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    My body may not be there, but my heart is there! In spite of all they endure every day, one of my dear Palestinian friends told me, “We do not fear, for we believe in God’s promise that He will always be with us.”
    They do more for me than I could ever do for them!

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