HOLY LAND - HOLLOW JUBILEE
GOD, JUSTICE AND THE PALESTINIANS
edited by Naim Ateek and Michael Prior
This book contains the papers of the Third International Conference
of Sabeel (the Palestinian Liberation Theology Centre) held at Bethlehem
University, February 1998. Fifty years after the Nakba (catastrophe)
of 1948, it remembers the past, assesses the present and plans for
the future. It poses Israel the challenge of Jubilee, and asks 'What
does the Lord require?'
The Jubilee (Leviticus 25) challenges Israel to honour the demands
of the Bible's more attractive traditions. It insists on freedom
and justice, bringing release to the captives and freedom to the
oppressed. The injustice done to the Palestinians is the termite
that gnaws at Israel's moral core. Israel must atone for its crime.
Keynote speaker, Edward Said, argues that in the wake of 'the misery
of the Oslo Accords', Palestinians are worse off than hitherto.
Meanwhile, Israel continues to absolve itself of any responsibility,
and all the while, Binjamin Netanyahu speaks of peace. Hanan Ashrawi
appeals for an inclusive peace that would respect the narratives
of the two parties, and Knesset member Azmi Bishara argues for a
bi-national, rather than a two-state option.
Ibrahim Abu Lughod
216 x 138mm, 256pp, paperback
ISBN 1 901764 09 5