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An influential document full of hopes and aspirations, having received worldwide acclaim for highlighting the struggle of Palestinians against oppressive Israeli occupation, continues to seek a future after its fifth anniversary was celebrated in December last year.
When Kairos Palestine’s A Moment of Truth: A word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestine suffering was issued in 2009, it was the first time lay people, churches of various denominations and Palestinian Christians had spoken with a single voice on the Palestine-Israel situation. What started as a local ecumenical document soon became an international movement.
A Moment of Truth is a call to people of faith and other “peace-builders” to help end Israeli occupation by standing with the Palestinian people who, it says, have suffered oppression, displacement and “clear apartheid” for more than six decades. The effort was inspired by the “Kairos Document” of 1985, a theological statement issued by South African theologians and other church leaders on the crisis they faced in the final years of their nation’s apartheid era.
The text from Kairos Palestine sets out to counter theology that justifies occupation and distorts the word of God. It calls for nonviolent resistance by promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, moves that it describes as an effort to avoid “repaying evil with evil”. It encourages a responsible and just pilgrimage to Palestinian as well as Israeli territories, and warns against illegal measures in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and occupied territories, such as land confiscation, new settlements, home demolition and movement control.