Thank you for reporting on the May 17 Scoville Park rally, protesting the violence in the Middle East. It is important for our community to gather and amplify our voices, pleading for the Israeli government to invest in working with Palestinians instead of working to evict them from homes, neighborhoods, and the entire land of Israel/Palestine. 

As a citizen of the world, and as a Christian, I believe we are called to bear witness to the suffering and trauma experienced by Palestinian families. While the Hamas military has also instigated terrible violence against Israelis, our U.S. foreign policy/funding bears responsibility for creating a wildly asymmetrical power imbalance, as well as ignoring heinous human rights abuses by the Israeli government. 

As Christians, we follow the ministry of Jesus, whose focus was consistently on caring for and uplifting those who are suffering, marginalized, and oppressed. We are called to that same focus, uniting our voices for our sisters and brothers in Israel and Palestine.

Thank you, Oak Park and River Forest folks, for showing up, and for all who honked horns in support. And thank you to the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP) for organizing the event.

Tara Meyer Dull, Oak Park

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