Northfielders for Justice in Palestine / Israel

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Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel (NJP/I) is a local community group whose aim is to educate and inform Northfield and the surrounding area about the ongoing occupation of Palestine and to advocate peace and justice for all people who live in Palestine and Israel.

 

Nativity and Creche displays: A World apart

Biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossman remind us that the nativity stories in
their first century context, like Jesus’s parables, are an invitation to see the world in a new way.
For early Christians living under Roman domination the nativity stories are told as a choice
between the kingdom of Rome and the kingdom of God. A choice that challenges a world of
domination and imperial control with a new vision of community and life together as the people
of God.


Nothing underscores the ongoing reality of the Christmas stories more than contemporary
Bethlehem where Palestinian families are living under Israeli occupation with their day to day
lives called into question. The living conditions facing Palestinians is a reminder, as is the case
with the nativity stories, of what it means to struggle against a world in which fear and
uncertainty mark one’s daily existence. For Bethlehem to truly be a city of peace for all people,
it needs to start with a recognition of the people of Palestine who are too often rendered
invisible in our celebration of the Christmas season.


Robert H. Craig, retired Professor of History and Politics, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota,
earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Fulbright Scholar to both Norway and Slovakia, he taught in
Costa Rica and China. Among his publications are Religion and Radical Politics and Protestantismo y
liberalismo en América Latina (co-author).


Robert (Bob) Craig is a member of Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel (NJP/I)

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