Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

From Selma to Ferguson to Gaza to Now!

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

From Selma to Ferguson to Gaza to Now!

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Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC held a special service to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on Sunday, Jan. 18. Poet Zeina Azzam told the congregation that in the words of Dr. King, it was time to "pull down the gigantic mountains of evil" from Selma to Ferguson to Gaza. She drew parallels between U.S. and Israeli military and police excesses, pointing out that it is no coincidence that the St. Louis County police chief had trained in Israel or that Gazans tweeted teargas tips to Ferguson protesters. She read a deeply moving poem, a cry for justice and peace.

Plymouth's Rev. Ronya-Lee Anderson offered a prayer for leaders, asking that God give them a conscience, touch them in the middle of the night and urge them to answer a call for greatness.

US Campaign co-chair Felicia Eaves reminded worshippers that the outrage in Ferguson followed on the heels of Israel's worst Gaza incursion. She said that a Palestinian contingent marched in solidarity in Ferguson.?"There are deep connections between black and brown lives," Eaves said, adding that "we have to eliminate racial oppression."

Senior minister Rev. …

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