Gaza: moral analogies and theological perspectives
I presented Talk Back this week and we gave significant coverage to the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. We debated the arguments deployed by both Israel and Hamas, reported on the growing humanitarian crisis in that tiny strip of land, and examined the options facing the international community. We also considered the argument, presented by quite a few callers, that Gaza's experience is analogous to the experience of the Jews during the European Holocaust. Inevitably, some callers wondered what lessons -- and which analogies -- emerged from the experience of Northern Ireland. Patrick Corrigan, over at his Amnesty blog, considers that last point. He writes:
"What is clear from Northern Ireland's recent history is that grave human rights violations creates a cycle of injustice not justice, insecurity not security, and it is only when parties to conflict are willing to place human rights and equality of treatment at the heart of a peace and security deal that longer-term solutions for all can be secured."
On tomorrow's Sunday Sequence, we'll be reporting from today's big march and rally for peace in Gaza, and examining the role that's played by theology in this current debate. How does someone's theological perspective -- on, for example, eschatology -- shape their sympathies in respect of the contemporary middle east crisis?