June 28, 2007

Christians protest over Eritrean government interference in church activities

A service has been held in London to protest against the treatment of the head of the Eritrean orthodox church.
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June 24, 2007

Reconciliation ይቅር ለእግዜር: የሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ/ት ድል Triumph of All Ethiopians

በታሣሪዎቹ የቅንጅት መሪዎች እንዲፈቱ መወሰን
ሁላችሁ ሁላችሁ
እንኳን ደስ ያላችሁ፣
እንኳን ደስ ያለን
As any Ethiopian would feel, Deje Selam team is happy with the "good news" of reconciliation. If there is anyone contra this move will be a person endowed with bad spirit. The good lesson we might draw:

1. This reconciliation is triumph of every Ethiopian, whether in the EPRDF or CUD/ Kinijit camp. If there is a looser, it is the bedeviling anti-Ethiopian camp in general.

2. ሽማግሌ ያላሳጣን አምላክ ምስጋና ይድረሰው፣ ሊቀ ሊቃውንት ኤፍሬም ይስሐቅ ረጅም ዕድሜ ከጤና ጋር ያድሎት፡፡ ሽምግልና ላይ የነበረንን እምነት በድጋሚ ስላጸኑልን፡፡ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ደግሞ ጽናቱን ይስጥሽ፣ ልጆችሽ የአባት ያለህ፣ የሽማግሌ ያለህ እያሉ ለማግኘት ባለመታደላቸው፡፡

3. Ethiopians in either of the political camp (Aiga to Ethioreview, Ethiopia First to Ethio Media etc), degafiwoch and members, for the sake of peace-loving and peace-deserving Ethiopia, let us hold back our political fantasies, andemta and boring polemics at least for the time being. Let us give peace and reconciliation a chance. Please.
ቸር ወሬ ያሰማን፣ አሜን፡፡

June 22, 2007

Church and State and Contemporary Society – A comparison of perspectives between the Roman Catholic and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

. Catholic and Orthodox approaches to the State
. The approach of Orthodox churches to relations with the State differ from the relations between the Vatican and the various states.
. Islam figures prominently in this historical and cultural difference.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
By Ezana Habte Gabr
The apostolic churches, namely the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches have witnessed social changes throughout the world, while continuing to maintain the faith which was bought to societies in Europe, Africa and Asia. While spiritually being one apostolic church, they were divided by the politics during the schism, but theologically maintaining commonalties such as the seven sacraments and the veneration of the Virgin Mary.
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However, in terms of perspectives regarding the state and society, historical differences have evolved leading the Roman Church to be respectful of the state and contingently prescriptive in terms of the role of the state and society as it has maintained its universality. The Orthodox Church on the other hand, evolved into a national church and has viewed the propagation of the faith by being a tied to the state. As the historical Ethiopian saying puts it “seamy aytaras, negus aykeses” My intention here is to address some salient aspects in regards to state and society such as modernization, changing social relations, language and culture by making references to Ethiopia.



As the encyclicals of the Twentieth Century of the Roman Catholic Church indicate, the role of the state in society has been constantly examined and clarified taking into consideration the changes in society. The universality of the Catholic Church has historically made it not part of any state. However, as the state in societies has a profound impact on the spirituality and morality of people, the church could not remain detached from this reality.



The Ethiopian Orthodox Church along with the Armenian Church is the oldest church which has been ascribed to a state. Christianity was declared the official religion of the Ethiopian empire in the fourth century and continued to be so until 1974. However, after 1974 the church continued to survive in very much the same way other Orthodox churches survived under states which adopted Marxist-Leninist systems as the promoting nationalism has been its historical duty as the royalty were considered elected by God. While, it is important to note that Orthodox Church continued to stand firmly to its beliefs and provide consolation under new regimes, the fact that it was always a column of nationalism provided it some room to function in spite of ideology.



This is very similar to the Catholic Church in Poland under the Communist government. However, the Ethiopian Orthodox church was not an active change agent and if there was any anti-systemic movement it supported, it was the exiled monarchist party which was really was not a major change agent.



Since the Enlightenment, the Roman Church was faced with the concept of the liberal state, one that was based on rationalism and positivism. Hence the liberal and the pluralistic state was conceived based on relativism which increasingly detached sprit from state as it was associated with ideologies of the anciene regime. Several grassroots movements which fought for social justice and equality associated spirit and church with the monarchical system. The industrial revolution, whose material benefits began to be appreciated in the West, were the Roman church has had most of is presence began to experiences a spiritual alienation increasingly manifested by growing numbers of nominal and non practicing believers as materialism began to predominate the social psyche. Social relations did deteriorate in industry and urban settings in Europe and indeed Latin America, regions with large numbers of Roman Catholic adherents. In Europe, difficult labor conditions increasingly made liberalism attractive, calling for various encyclicals at the end of the 19th century by Pope Leon XII`s encyclical, "Rerum novarum” Here, the Pope responded to the social problems calling for a Christian alternative, one that comprehended the problems but sought to solve them through the teachings of Christianity.



During the same time, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church had a much stronger connection to the state as the Ethiopian state began to expand and the church’s role was imminent as it was supported by the state and vice versa. Priests and monks converted the non Christian south, which was incorporated by Emperor Menelik II, who reigned from 1889 to 1913, generating the need of a symbiotic relationship between church and state, unlike the case of Europe. Ethiopia had always been part of the diocese of Alexandria until the mid Twentieth century.



However, as the expansion of the empire and the nationalism espoused by the Church served to strengthen and even distinguish the church from the rest of the Orthodox communion in that it became the national church very much in the same manner as did other Orthodox churches. It officially became “The Ethiopian Monophysite, wrongly called at times Church or in Ge’ez, the official language of the church, “ye Etiopia Tewahado Beta Cristian”.



Furthermore the emperor was considered to be the elected servant of God. Therefore as the State became stronger, so did the church, which was not the case of the Roman Church. Indeed, this was the case of other Orthodox churches throughout the world, they increasingly became a column of nationalism and with the creation of new states such as the post Soviet countries, there have been more Orthodox churches as each new state formed its own church. In the Ethiopian case, with the independence of Eritrea, a new Eritrean Orthodox Church was founded. Therefore, in terms of a social doctrine, it is quite obvious that the Orthodox Church’s close knit relationship did not really call for inquiries and forms of adjustment to social changes as the states automatically formed new churches.



The Ethiopian Orthodox Church continues to use the traditional Ge’ez language in its liturgy in very much the same way the Roman Catholic Church used Latin until the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. This was intended to accommodate diversity and make the bible and the liturgy more accessible to populations which were unable to study Latin. In the case of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Ge’ez, a clerical language, with the clergy and a few scholars being the only speakers continues to be the language of the liturgy. However, over the years and with modernization and Westernization, the church as increasingly been using Amharic in sermons.



The decision to use Amharic in sermons has very much been stimulated by the faithful who live overseas and those who have been highly educated. One could also draw the conclusion that the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church may have also inspired its brother Church to increasingly be open to the use of widely spoken languages.



In Latin America and Europe, as states adopted liberalism and authoritarian systems or caudillos, states increasingly distanced themselves from spirit as they viewed themselves to be social mediators and agents of modernization. Colombia, during the later part of 19th Century had Liberal regimes which espoused degrees of separation of Church and State. Furthermore, as Catholicism had always been based in the Vatican and as it was always autonomous, it could be argued that the Church naturally did not have much say in the affairs of the state. However, this is not to say that there were not political entities which viewed themselves as allies of the church. Unlike the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, I would argue that the autonomy of the Roman Church from states has not impacted the actual church due to its universality. Encyclicals, therefore, became necessary to accommodate spirit and relativism. Periods of Ethiopian contemporary history where the monarchy did not manifest strong support for the Church generally resulted in the monarchy collapsing.



Orthodox regions of the world, including Ethiopia, have always been faced with co-existing with other religions, perhaps more so than the Roman Church. Ethiopia, for example, is a country which has always been diverse in terms of religion. Close to half the population is Moslem and as the empire began expanding into the lowlands over the course of three centuries, it was faced with accommodating Islam. During the Ottomans, there were actual confrontations, similar to those of the Crusades in the Middle Ages. However, the empire did incorporate local Islamic leaders into the nobility system which was historically only for Orthodox Christians. Since Byzantine times, when the first Orthodox Church was founded, Islam had always been an issue in Orthodoxy. Perhaps it could be argued that the Church obtained defense from the state and the state, particularly, the nobility received spiritual support from the Church, hence contributing to a stronger relationship between both entities. On the other hand, countries which are predominantly Roman Catholic, in recent history began to co-exist with other beliefs as they recently emerged after. Here the encyclicals of Ecumenism, particularly those of John Paul II contributed to interfaith dialogue and one could argue served as model to other Churches and to Orthodox regions. In the case of Ethiopia under the liberal government, the Church continues to be tied to the state. The appointment of the recent patriarch was very much impacted by the ruling party. However, efforts have been made to grant equal rights to other faiths in very much the same way the Colombian constitution of 1991 has gone about this. Nonetheless, the historical precedence of these churches continues to make them essential parts of their societies.



To conclude, it can be suggested that both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church and specifically the Ethiopian, are theologically very similar in respect to the seven sacraments, the Holy Trinity and the Virgin Mary. However, their history has unfolded in different social contexts which include the Western and Eastern worlds. While the Roman Church is unchanged in terms of its beliefs, it has withstood marked philosophical transformations by considering social events and maintaining the faith.



The Ethiopian Orthodox church along with other Eastern churches has also maintained its apostolic faith, but being a state institution and the state needing to historically maintain ties with the church, has continued to survive and maintain its faithful. The challenge that it would face in this century is similar to that of the Roman, but as the last three decades have shown, very much more accelerated as the state transformed to communist and now neo-liberal.





Footnotes:



1. As the heavens can not be ploughed, nor can a king be accused.



2 See http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09169a.htm which identi



3. The webpage http://www.answers.com/topic/ethiopian-orthodox-tewahedo-church provides an historical overview of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.



4. Eritrea became an independant country in 1991 after having been part of Ethiopía since it gained its independance from Italy.



5. http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ge'ez-language



6. During the 1860’s and the 1920’s Ethiopia had emperors, Tewodros and Eyassu, respectively, who distanced themselves from the Church.


Ezana Habte Gabr is a member of the faculty of Universidad de La Sabana of Bogotá, Colombia. He also writes at Humanising Language Teaching .

June 19, 2007

Islam Trying to Manipulate the Ethiopian Political Situation, Meles Requested "To Enroll Ethiopia In Organization of Islamic Countries OIC"

Unlike the Ethiopian Church and Christians themselves, the Ethiopian Islamic circle is trying to manipulate the current political status quo for their benefit. A nine member delegation of Ethiopian Muslims in Diaspora has visited Addis, the premier and submitted a document alleging they are facing multitudes of problems. The Ethiopian Church and Christians in general are very innocently indifferent what Islam in general and the fanatic Wahabists in partiular are doing in Ethiopia. It is mandatory for all Church officials and Christians in general to see the document in detail. God willing, we will be back with comments, views and articles about "Political Islam" in Ethiopia.

Ofcourse everybody remembers what has recently happened in Jimma and Illu-abba-borra.
The recent massacre of Christians in Jimma and Illu-Abba-Bora is reported in Amharic here. Unfortunately, both the government and patriarch Paulos are covering up the reasons behind the atrocity. Please read the basic news (news 1, news 2, articles (articles 1, articles 2), watch the video and tune to Deje-Selam for follow up stories.
Cher Were Yaseman

June 17, 2007

የምናካሒደው ጸረ ዘረኝነት ትግል በጎጠኞች አጀንዳ እንዳይጠለፍ

(ከእውነት ይበልጣል - ewenety@yahoo.com)
በሀገራችን ማዶ የሚኖሩ መንደርተኞች እርስ በርሳቸው ቡዳ እየተባባሉ ይተማማሉ አሉ፡፡ ታዲያ አንድ ቀን የመሸበት እንግዳ አሳድሩኝ ብሎ ከአንዱ ቤት ይገባል፡፡ የዛሬን አያድርገውና፣ የእግዜር እንግዳ ነውና አስተናጋጆቹ እግሩን አጥበው፣ መኝታውን አሰናድተው፣ የሚበላ የሚጠጣውን ሰጥተው፣ ኋላም አረፍ ብለው ሲጨዋወቱ እንግዳ ሆዬ አንድ ጥያቄ ያነሳል፡፡ ‹‹ኧረ እዚያ ማዶ መንደር ያሉ ሰዎች ቦዶች ናቸው ይባላል፣ እውነት ነው›› ብሎ ይጠይቃል፡፡ ከቤቱ ሰዎች አንዱ መልሶ ‹‹እንጃ፣ እኛ እነርሱን ቡዳ ናቸው እንላለን፣ እነርሱም እኛን ቡዳ ናቸው ይሉናል፡፡ እውነቱ ምን እንደሆነ አዳርህን አይተህ ትመሰክራለህ›› ቢለው ሰውየው ፈርቶ ሌሊቱን አውጣኝ አውጣን ሲል አደረ ይባላል፡፡ ይህችን ተረት ያስታወሰኝ ነመራ ዋቀዮ ቶላ የተባሉ ጸሐፊ ‹‹የጎንደር ምንቸት ውጣ፣ የትግሬ ምንቸት ግባ - ዘመነ መሳፍንት በቤተ ክህነት›› በሚል ርዕስ ያቀረቡት ጽሑፍ ነው፡፡ ጸሐፊው የማይነካውን ለመንካት ያገኙት ድፍረት እኔንም ቀሰቀሰኝና ብዕሬን አነሣሁ፡፡
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ዛሬ ከኤች. አይ. ቪ በበለጠ ኢትዮጵያውያንን እየለከፈ ያለው የጎጠኝነት መንፈስ በእነማን ላይ ያደረ ዛር ነው ቢባል ‹እኔ ከደሙ ንጹሕ ነኝ› የሚል ከተገኘ ሳያስገርም አይቀርም፡፡ይህ የጎጥና የወንዝ ዛር የታሪካችን አካል መሆኑ የማይካድ ቢሆንም እንዲህ እንዳሁኑ ግን በሚገባ የተካደመበትን፣ ድቤ ያስደለቀበትን፣ እንዲያውም ሀገርን ከመውደድና ከማፍቀር ጋር የተቆራኘበትንና የተሰበከበትን ጊዜ አላስታውስም፡፡ ለመሆኑ ይህ ችግር ከየት መጣ፣ የነማን ችግር ነው ቢባል ከላይ እንደተጠቀሱት ባላገሮች ‹አንተ አንተ› እያሉ ከመጠቋቆም በስተቀር የችግሩን ምንጭ ለማሳየትም ሆነ መፍትሔውን ከራስ ለመጀመር የደፈረ ያለ አይመስልም፡፡ ጉዳዩን አንስቶ ለመነጋገርም እንደ ነመራ ዋቀዮ ቶላ ዓይነት ‹ደፋሮችን› በብዛት ማግኘት ይጠይቃል፡፡ በኢኮኖሚና በማኅበራዊ ኑሮ ደረጃ ይህ ነው ሊባል የሚችል ልዪነት በሌላቸው፣ በአጠቃላይ ሲታይ የተመሳሳ ሃይማኖት ተከታዮች በሆኑ የተለያዩ ቋንቋ ተናጋሪዎች መካከል (ኧረ ይልቁንም በተመሳሳይ ቋንቋ ተናጋሪዎች መካከል) እየተገነባ ያለውን ግንብ መሠረት የጣለው ማን ነው፡፡ የቆየ የታሪካችን ጠባሳ ከሆነስ መጪው ትውልድ እንዳይስቅብን እንዴት እናስተካክለው፡፡ ቢያንስ ይህንን አሳፋሪ የመለያያ ግንብ እየገነቡ ያሉትን የ‹ፖለቲካ› እና የ‹ሃይማኖት› ሰዎች ሳናፍርና ሳንሞዳሞድ ነፍሳችን እንደምትጸየፋቸው እንዴት እንንገራቸው፣ የሚለው ብዙ ሊያወያየን የሚገባ ይመስለኛል፡፡ ከዚሁ አዙሪት ሊወጣ ያልቻለው ፖለቲካችን ለጊዜው ይቆየኝና ስለ ቤተ ክህነቱ ትንሽ ልበል፡፡
በኢትዮጵያ ቤተ ክርስቲያን ከቅርብ ዓመታት ወዲህ የተፈጠረውን ልዩነት በተመለከተ መንፈሳዊዎቹን ሕግጋት እየጠቃቀሱ ምእመኑን ግራ ማጋባቱ ይቀጥል እንጂ መነሻውም ሆነ መድረሻው ግን ከላይ ያነሳሁት የጉጥና የወንዝ ጉዳይ እንደሆነ ከዚህም ያለፈ እንዳልሆነ የቤቱን ‹ምሥጢር› የሚያውቁ ሁሉ ያውቁታል፡፡ በሀገር ቤት ያለችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን አገልጋዮች ምንም አንደበተ ጎልዳፋ፣ ልብሰ አዳፋ ቢሆኑም፣ ቤተ ክህነቱም ከነመፈጠራቸው ባያውቃቸውና ቢዘነጋቸው፣ እነርሱ ግን ከደሃው ገበሬ ምእመን እየተረዳዱና የወር የዓመት ደሞዝ ሳይጠይቁ በማገልገል ላይ ይገኛሉ፡፡ ምእመናንም የማንንም ‹መመሪያ› ሳይጠብቁ ካህናቱን እያከበሩና እየታዘዙ ያላቸውን ሁሉ እየሰጡ በንጹህ ልቡና አምላካቸውን ይማጠናሉ፡፡ ከእግዚአብሔር በስተቀር ማንም ማንነታቸውንና ሥራቸው የማያውቀው የአብነት መምህራንም በዓታቸውን ሳይለቁ ያገኙትን ተማሪ ያስተምራሉ፡፡ተማሪዎቹም ዛሬም እንደ ጥንቱ እየለመኑ ይማራሉ፡፡መምህራኑም ከልመናው ቁራሽ ተካፍለው ይበሉ እንደሆን እንጂ የዕለት ጉርስ የዓመት ልብስ የሚላቸው ቤተ ክህነት የለንም፡፡ እንዲህ ተቸግረው ተምረው ለፍሬ የሚበቁትን ደቀመዛሙርትም በተማሩበት ለሥራ የሚያሰማራቸው የለም፡፡ ይልቁንም አፈጮሌዎቹ ወይም ባለዘመዶቹ ናቸው ሁሉን በሁሉ አድርገው የተቆጣጠሩት፡፡ ከዚያም አለፍ ካለ እንዲሁ በችግርም ሆነ በሌላ ምክንያት ትምህርታቸውን ከቅዳሴ በላይ ያልዘለቁት፣ ከመምህሮቻቸው የተማሩትን ትህትና ይዘው ከተማ የገቡት ካህናትና መነኮሳት በየከተማው ያለውን ድፍረትና ፈሪሃ እግዚአብሔር ማጣት እየተመለከቱ (መጀመሪያ ተገርመው ሲመለከቱ ቢቆዩም) ኋላ ግን እነርሱም የዚሁ ነገር ሰለባ ይሆናሉ፡፡ መነኮሳቱም በየመጻሕፍቱ ያንቡት እንጂ አይተውት ለማያውቁት ጾር ይጋለጣሉ፡፡ አንዳንድ የከተማ ዲያቆናት ቢደፍሩ የማያስገርመው እነማንን እያዩ እንዳደጉ ስለሚታወቅ ነው፡፡
እነዚህ ከየቆሎ ቤቱ እየፈለሱ ከተማ የገቡ ካህናት ወደ ቤተ ክህነቱ ‹ሲስተም› የሚገቡት የወንዛቸውን ሰው የሆነ የደብር አስተዳዳሪ ወይም ማዘዣ የሚጽፍላቸው የቤተ ክህነት ባለሥልጣን ሲያገኙ ብቻ ነው፡፡ ያለበለዚያ ግን ምን ሊቅ ቢሆኑ፣ ምን መንፈሳዊ ቢሆኑ ዞር ብሎ የሚያያቸውም አያገኙም፡፡ የደብር አስተዳዳሪ የሆነ የወንዛቸውን ሰው ወይም የቤተ ክህነት ባለሥልጣን ካገኙ ግን ትምህርታቸውም ሙያቸውም አይጠየቅም፡፡ የሚሸጎጡበት ሥፍራ ይፈለግላቸዋል፡፡ እንዲህ እያሉ እስከላይኛው ማዕረግ የማይደርሱበት ምክንያት የለም፡፡ ከላይ ወደታች የሚወርደውም ምደባ ይህንኑ የወንዘኝነት መሥፈርት የተከተለ ስለሚሆን በየዘመኑ በጎሪጥ የሚተያዩና ለበቀል ጊዜ የሚጠባበቁ ወንዘኞች እየተፈጠሩ እነሆ ሀገር ሳይገድባቸው አቋቋሙን ከትግራይ-ከጎንደር፣ ቅኔውን ከጎጃም፣ ትርጓሜ መጻሕፍቱን ከሸዋ እያሉ የተማሩ ሊቃውንት ወደ ኋላ ተመልሰው የጎንደር፣ የጎጃም፣ የሸዋ እየተባባሉ (ሌላው ቢቀር ከመቶው እጅ አብዛኛው ከነዚህ ጎጦች ውጪ መሆኑን ዘንግተው) የእውነተኛይቷን ቤተ ክርስቲያን ሰማያዊ ዓላማ እያደናቀፉ መኖራቸው እሙን ነው፡፡ ኢሕአዴግ ሥልጣን ከጨበጠበት ጊዜ አንስቶ በሃይማኖት እየተሳበበ የምንሰማው ውዝግብም የዚሁ የእንብላው አትበሉም የ‹ጎጠኞች› ሽኩቻ ውጤት ነው፡፡ የነበረውን የመንግሥት ለውጥ ተከትሎ አራተኛውን ፓትርያርክ አስፈራርቶ ወይም በማግባባት ሥልጣናቸውን እንዲለቁ በማድረጉ ረገድ ግንባር ቀደም የነበሩት ለቦታው ራሳቸውን ያጩ ከላይ በተገለጸው መንገድ ዙሪያቸውን የከበብዋቸው ‹የመነድራቸው ልጆች› እንደነበሩ ውስጥ አዋቂ ምንጮች ይናገራሉ፡፡ ሊሰመርበት የሚገባው ጉዳይ ይህንን ፓትርያርክ የመቀየርን ውሳኔ በማሳለፉ ረገድ የሚሰጠው ማንኛውም ዓይነት ማስተባበያ (በሕይወት ላይ የተቃጣ አደጋ እንኳን ኖሮ ቢሆን) ራስን ከኃላፊነት ለማሸሽ የሚደረግ ዘዴ ከመሆን የማይዘል በመሆኑ ከቅዱስ ፓትርያርኩ ጀምሮ በወቅቱ የነበሩ የቅዱስ ሲኖዶስ አባላት በሙሉ (በሕይወት ያሉትም ያለፉትም) ኃላፊነቱን ሊወስዱ ይገባል፡፡ ምክንያቱም መጽሐፍ እንዳስተማረን ‹ብዙ ከተሰጠው ብዙ› ይጠበቃልና፡፡ እነዚህ አባቶቻችን (ዛሬ ተቃዋሚ ለመምሰል የሚሞክሩትን ጨምሮ) በፈጸሙት ፍጹም ኃላፊነት የጎደለው ውሳኔ ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን ስትበጠበጥ መኖር የለባትም፡፡ በነፍስም በሥጋም የሚያስፈርደውን ይህንን ታሪካዊ ስሕተት የፈጸሙት ራሳቸውና ራሳቸው ብቻ ኃላፊነቱን ሊወስዱ ይገባልና፡፡
ወደ ጎጡ ሽኩቻ ስንመለስ በወቅቱ በቤተ ክህነቱ በተነሳው ብጥብጥ ሥልጣን ላይ ለመውጣት በተደረገው ሽኩቻ በወቅቱ በነበረው የአንድ ወንዝ ልጆች የበላይነት አንጀታቸው አርሮ የነበሩት በሙሉ ‹‹የጠላቴ ጠላት ወዳጄ ነው›› በሚለው አሳፋሪ የመጠቃቂያ ዘዴያችን መመሪያነት በወቅቱ የፖለቲካው ድጋፍ ከነበራቸው የዘመናችን ባለ ተራ ወንዘኞች ጋር አበሩ፡፡ በአራተኛው ፓትርያርክ ወንበር ራሳቸውን ለማስቀመጥ ያሰፈሰፉትም ሆነ የሌሎቹ ሕልም ሳይሳካ ቀርቶ የ5ኛው ፓትርያርክ ማንነት ሲታወቅ ሁሉም ከእንቅልፉ ባነነ፡፡ ከዚህ በኋላ ነው እንግዲህ ቀድሞ ነገሩ ሁሉ ሲወጠንና ሲወጠወጥ ያልተነሳው ‹‹በፓትርያርክ ላይ ፓትርያርክ አይሾምም›› የሚለው ‹‹የመታገያ አንቀጽ›› ተፈልጎ የተገኘው፡፡ ጥያቄው በወቅቱ ይህንን ሕግ ጠቅሰው በሚገባ ያልተከራከሩና አስፈላጊውን መስዋዕትነት ያልከፈሉ አባቶች ዛሬ ጊዜና ቦታ ሲመቻችላቸው የፈለጉትን ያህል ጮክ ብለው ቢናገሩ እንዴት እናምናቸዋለን ነው፡፡ እሺ ይህም ይሁን ብለን (ቢያንስ በሃይማኖት አባትነታቸው አክብረናቸው) ብንቀበላቸው፣ በለመዱት መንገድ በውጭ የሚገኘውንም ምእመን በወንዝ ሲከፋፍሉት ስናይ ምን እንበላቸው፡፡ ሳያፍሩና ሳይፈሩ በቃልና በጽሑፍ የእነርሱ ጎጥ ከሌላው የተሻለ ቅዱስ እንደሆነ ሊነግሩን የሚሞክሩትን ግብዞች አባቶች ብለን እንዴት እንከተላቸው፡፡ (በሌላም በኩል ደግሞ በቀድሞዎቹ ጎጠኞች የተተካው አሁን ያለው አስተዳደር ካለፉት ምንም ሳይማር ከታች እስከ ላይ ያለውን መዋቅር ከራሱ ጎጥ በወጡ ካህናትና መነኮሳት ለመሙላትና ይባስ ብሎ ክህነቱም ሆነ ትምህርቲ በሌላቸው ‹‹የወንዛቸው ጎረምሶች›› ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱን በማዘረፍ ላይ መሆናቸው እጅጉን ያቃጥላል፡፡)
በተለይም ደግሞ በቀላሉ የዚህ የጎጥ በሽታ ሰለባዎች ለመሆን የበቁት ቀድሞውንም በአብዛኛው ስለማኅበራዊ ግንኙነት እንጂ ስለሃይማኖት ብዙም በማይደንቃቸው ግለሰቦች የተመሰረቱትና የፖለቲካ መድረክ በተደረጉት በሰሜን አሜሪካ የሚገኙ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ናቸው፡፡ ከእነዚህ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት አብዛኞቹ የቀድሞዎቹ የቤተ ክህነት የጎጥና የመንደር ‹‹ሃይማኖት›› አራማጅ መነኮሳትና ካህናት በማንአለብኝነት ባቋቋሙት ‹ስደተኛው›ና ‹ሕጋዊው ሲኖዶስ› በሚሉት የአንድ ጎጥ ኮሚቴ አንመራም በማለት አቋም መያዛቸው አግባብ ቢሆንም ይህንኑ አቋማቸውን በግልጽ ለምእመናን አሳውቀው ያለውን የቤተ ክርስቲያን አስተዳደር እንጂ የቅዱስ ሲኖዶስን አንድነት እንደማይቃወሙ ለመግለጽ ብዙ ጊዜ ፈጅቶባቸዋል፡፡ ዛሬም ግን አልረፈደም፡፡ በያዙት አቋም ጸንተው ቤተ ክርስቲያን የምትጠናከርበትን ብሎም አንድነቷን ድጋሚ የምትቀዳጅበትን መንገድ በመፈለጉ ላይ የበለጠ መጣር አለባቸው፡፡ እነዚህ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ራሳቸውን ከማንኛውም ጎጠኛ አመለካከት ለማጽዳት መጣር አለባቸው፡፡ ምእመናንም መርዳት ይጠበቅባቸዋል፡፡ የአገር አንድነት ስሜት ሳይሆን የጎጠኝነት ስሜት የተጠናወታቸው የሃይማኖ ካባ ለባሾች በፖለቲካው ትግል ከጎናችን የቆሙ ቢመስለንም ከእኛ ጋር አለመሆናቸውን መረዳት አለብን፡፡ ይልቁንም በሥልጣን ላይ ያለውን የመለስ ዜናዊ አምባገነናዊ አስተዳደር ለመቀየር በሚደረገው ትግል አጀንዳው በነዚህ ሰዎች ጎጣዊ አስተያየት እንዳይጠለፍና አገሪቱና ቤተ ክህነቱ ከወያኔ ያልተናነሱ ጎጠኞች እጅ እንዳይወድቁ ልንጠነቀቅ ይገባል፡፡ ከአንድ ጎጥ የተሰባሰቡ ዘረኞች ጎጠኛውን ወያኔን ለመዋጋት ሞራላዊም ሆነ ሃይማኖታዊ ብቃት የላቸውም፡፡ ወያኔን መጥላት ብቻ ኢትዮጵዊ አያደርግም፣ አገር ወዳድም አያሰኝም፡፡ ሌላውን ዘረኛ ለመዋጋት የምንነሳ ሁላችን በመጀመሪያ ከውስጣትችን የተደበቀውን የዘረኝነት በሽታ አውጥን እንጣል፡፡ ራሳችንን ከዚህ ነውር እንጽዳ፡፡ እንንጻ፡፡ ለዚህም ከራሳችን ጀምሮ መውሰድ ስለሚገባን እርምጃ አስቀድመን እንወያይ እላለሁ፡፡
ቸር ይግጠመን፡፡

June 14, 2007

779 year Monastery Burned Down, Patriarchate does not Know

An historical monastery in Eastern Gojjam has been burned down by dissidents, people living around the monastery, as reported by The Reporter. These kinds of news reach our ears on every day basis. The troubling thing is, the office which was supposed to follow these incidents is said to have no idea about what is going on. How come a head office does not know such a big news, destruction of an eight century monastery? What are they doing out there? A pity.
Cher Were Yaseman, Amen.

June 13, 2007

Ethiopian Orthodox Church to launch a radio broadcast to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Revew News
June 12, 2007
The exiled Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has announced [Amharic, pdf]today that it will launched a weekly radio broadcast to Ethiopia starting on July 2, 2007. The radio will be broadcast every Monday from 7 - 8 PM Addis Ababa time on 15260 kHz or 19 meter band.
The radio program will include bible teaching, church news, as well as reports and discussions on current social, political and other issues of national importance.
The Holy Synod is led by the legitimate patriarch of Ethiopia, Abune Merkorios, who went into exile when the Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) came to power in 1991.
While in exile, Abune Merkorios helped prevent Ethiopian churches in the Diaspora from being taken over by the Woyanne-installed patriarch, Aba Gebremedhin (formerly Aba Paulos) who is viewed by Ethiopians more as a political cadre of the regime than a religious leader.
Abune Merkorios has also helped build several churches, providing spiritual comfort to hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians who scattered around the world.
The radio broadcast is intended to expand its spiritual service the Church providing to its followers be a voice for the millions of Ethiopians who are being brutalized by the tribal junta in power.

EOTC to Transplant Over 16 Million Indigenous Tree Seedlings

Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa)
12 June 2007
Posted to the web 12 June 2007
WIC
Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) said that it has finalized preparations to transplant over 16 million seedlings of indigenous trees under the "Two Trees for 2000 Project".
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Speaking at an awareness raising workshop jointly organized by the Sunday Schools Coordination Department of the Church and Ethiopian Heritage Trust over the weekend, Department Head Father Sereke Berhan Wolde-Samuel said the church has prepared over 16 million seedlings of indigenous trees to be transplanted through its 44 archdiocese.
The transplantations will be carried out around churches and sites prepared by the government, Father Sereke said, adding that some 10 million laity would take part in the transplantation.

He further said that in addition to its environmental development programmes, the department has prepared a five-year programme for poverty alleviation and health.

President of the Ethiopian Heritage Trust, Professor Legesse Negash, expressed gratitude for the efforts of the church to conserve various heritages and indigenous trees and its initiation to participate in the aforestation activities.

The Two Trees for 2000 Project designed by the government would play a significant contribution in covering the close to 97 per cent of the deforested land in the country, the president said.

Over 350 heads of Sunday schools drawn from all archdiocese attended the half-day workshop.
Similarly, the Wolaita Zone trade and industry department said preparations are underway at hotels and tourist attraction sites in connection with the Ethiopian Millennium.
Tourism, parks and hotels representative with the desk, Abera Milko told ENA that hotels, service provision enterprises and tourist attraction sites are finalizing preparations to receive their guests coming during the millennium festival.
Activities aimed at installing tourist facilities near caves, water falls, Tiya rocks, hot springs as well as other natural and man-made tourist attractions is being carried out.
Construction of a museum that would display cultural values of the Wolaita people is nearing completion, while training is being offered to tourist guide and food catering.
Meanwhile, an investor received plot of land for the construction of a four star hotel and resort centre along Lake Abaya, he added.
Harari State Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau said that it has started distributing over one million types of various seedlings for transplantation on the occasion of the new millennium.
Office Head Abdurkadir Adem yesterday WIC yesterday that the seedlings were multiplied in five nurseries in the state, including Harrar town.
He said over 440,000 of the seedlings are going to be transplanted until the end of this month in 40 selected sites while the transplantation of the remaining 560,000 would follow.
The seedlings prepared for transplantation include indigenous trees like cordia and juniper trees as well as fruits and vegetables that are compatible with the climate of the area and are important in ensuring food security, Abdurkadir said.
The majority of the seedlings to be transplanted this year are expected to take roots as there is sufficient rainfall, the head said, adding that the forest coverage of the state would improve remarkably if the transplantation of fruit and vegetable seedlings continues for the coming three years at same pace.
He said the bureau is making preparations to multiply large number of tree and fruit seedlings in the coming three years under a regular programme.

June 12, 2007

Chance For Peace Thrown Away: Kinjit Leaders Convicted

AP - June 11, 2007 - An Ethiopian court convicted 39 opposition leaders and others Monday in connection with election violence after a trial that earned condemnation from human rights activists.


They will be sentenced on July 8, said Judge Adil Ahmed, after convicting the 39 because they failed to put up a defense. The charges included “instigating and organizing rebellion against the government” and “outrages against the constitutional order.”

The Federal High Court trial began in December 2005 following postelection violence that erupted during protests over polls six months earlier.

The opposition won an unprecedented number of parliamentary seats, but Prime Minister Meles Zenawi held onto power. The opposition claimed the vote was rigged, and EU observers said the polls were marred by irregularities.

Initially, the opposition leaders, journalists and others were charged with treason, inciting violence and attempted genocide. Ahmed dropped the treason and attempted genocide charges in April. Later that month, the court freed 25 prisoners, among them eight journalists.

Since April, a total of 48 people faced four other charges, but only nine chose to put a defense, the judge said on Monday.

The trial has been widely condemned by international human rights groups as an attempt to silence Ethiopian government critics. The opposition leaders have claimed the trial is politically motivated.

Late last year, Ethiopia acknowledged that its security forces killed 193 civilians protesting alleged election fraud, but insisted they did not use excessive force. A senior judge appointed to investigate the violence had accused the security forces of excessive force.

June 8, 2007

Hall of Shame,” International Christian Concern

International Christian Concern has published its first ever “Hall of Shame,” an annual list of the ten nations with the worst records of persecution against Christians. The 2007 edition includes
Number 3: Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the second oldest Christian nation in the world, having the gospel brought to it during the first century by Queen Candace’s eunuch (Acts 8:26-39). Islamists view Ethiopia as the key to controlling Africa. In the past decade they have increased their efforts to dominate the nation. At least twenty new Jihad training centers have been built, though they are disguised as humanitarian service centers, schools, and orphanages. The centers are even active in the northern city of Gonder, which is almost exclusively Christian. Violence against Christians has increased exponentially, particularly in southern and southwestern Ethiopia. During September of last year, Muslims approached Christian households in Jimma to force residents to convert to Islam. At least a dozen people were killed. 850 homes were burned, displacing 2,000 Christians. In Beshasha, located in the same region, a mob attacked a Christian worship service. The church building was burned and six Christians were murdered.

In Addis Ababa, the capital, where the population is 80% Christian and 17% Muslim, the ratio of churches to mosques is 120 to 150. Mosques are being built in front of churches to hide them from view. Islamists want to eradicate the idea that Ethiopia is a Christian nation by crippling the Christian leadership in local and central governments and by bringing Ethiopia into the Arab League.


June 7, 2007

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በውጪ የሚገኘው ሲኖዶስ በቅርቡ ያደረገውን ስብሰባ ተከትሎ መግለጫ አውጥቷል፡፡ መግለጫውንም የተለያዩ ድረ ገጾች አስነብበውናል፡፡ ሌላውን ታሪካዊ ሐተታና አመክንዮ ወደጎን ብለን ውሳኔዎቻቸውን ስንመለከት፡-
1. ‹‹በሥሩ ያሉትን መምሪያዎች›› ለማጠናከር ምዕመናንን በገንዘባችሁ እርዱን ብለዋል፡፡
2. ባለፈው የፈጸሙት ሲመት ብዙ ምዕመናንን ‹እንዳስደሰተ› ጠቁመው አሁንም ‹‹በምዕመናን ጥያቄ›› በሌሎችም አኅጉራት ማለትም በአውሮፓ፣ በአፍሪቃ፣ በአውስትራሊያ ለመሾም መቁረጣቸውን እንዲሁም
3. በኢየሩሳሌም ያላቸውን ተሰሚነት ለማጎልበትና ያሉትን ቅዱሳት መካናት ለመቀናቀን እንዲመቻቸው በሥፍራዎቹ ርስት ለማበጀት መወሰናቸውን ጠቃቅሰዋል፡፡
የቤተ ክርስቲያን ነገር እንዲህ ‹‹አነሰ ሲሉት ተቀነሰ›› እየሆነ፣ እንዲመሯት የተሾሙት አበው እንዲህ ከጎረምሳ ባላነሰ እልኸኝነትና ማን አለብኝ ባይነት ሲመላለሱ ነገሩ ሁሉ ብዙዎችን ግራ እንዳጋባ አለ፡፡ ይህ ዛሬ በቤተ ክርስቲያንና በሃይማኖት ስም የሚፈጸመውን ታሪክ-ይቅር-የማይለው-ድርጊት ለመቃወም ብዕሬን በድጋሚ ለማንሳት ወደድኹ፡፡ አስቀድሜ የቀድሞው 4ኛው ፓትርያርክ ሲመቱን እንዳይፈጽሙ ከሚጠይቋቸው ጋር ለመደመር አንዲት የተማጽኖ ደብዳቤ አቅርቤ ስለነበረ ነው ይህን ‹‹በድጋሚ›› ያልኩት፡፡
የዚህ ጽሑፍ ዋና ዓላማ ‹‹በእውነቱ ይህ ሁሉ ቱማታ ለኦርቶዶክሳዊት ቤተ ክርስቲያን በማሰብ ነውን ወይስ ከጀርባው ሌላ ምክንያት አለው›› የሚለውን ጥያቄ ለመመለስ መሞከር ነው፡፡
በኢትዮጵያ መንበረ ሥልጣን ለመቀመጥ በተለያዩ ገዢዎችና ነገሥታት መካከል አያሌ ጦርነቶች እየተደረጉ አንዴ አንዱ አንዴም ሌላው እያሸነፉ፣ አንዴ መንግሥቱን ወደላስታ ሌላ ጊዜም ወደ ሸዋ በሌላውም ወደ ጎንደርና ትግሬ ሲያዘዋውሩት እንደቆዩ በመጨረሻም ጠንካራ መሪ በጠፋባቸውና መሳፍንቱ የይስሙላ ነገሥታ እያስቀመጡ እስከመግዛት እንደ ደረሱ የቅርቡ ታሪካችን እማኝ ነው፡፡ ይህ የጥቃቅን መሳፍንት ዘመን በታላቁ ባለ ራዕይ መሪ በቋራው አንበሳ በአጼ ቴዎድሮስ ከተፈጸመ በኋላ አገሪቱ በአንድነት ለመቆየት ችላ ነበር፡፡ እርሳቸውን ተከትለው የተነሱት የትግሬው ዮሐንስም አገሪቱን በአንድነት ለመጠበቅ ችለዋል፡፡ የአድዋው ባለድል እምዬ ምኒልክም ዓለምን ባስደነቀው ጀግንነታቸው፣ ለዕድገት ከነበራቸው ትልቅ ተስፋ ባለፈም ከሁሉም በተሻለ የአገርን አንድነት ለመጠበቅ ችለዋል (ምኒልክንና ኦሮሞን አስመልክተው ለሚነሱት ጥያቄዎች መልስ መስጠት ከርዕሱ ውጪ ስለሆነ ታልፏል)፡፡ ከዚያ ወዲህ አንደኛውኑ መንበረ መንግሥቱ ወደ መሐል አገር ተሸጋግሮ ሊቆይ ችሏል፡፡
ዘመነ መሳፍንት እንዲህ ባለው መልኩ ፍጻሜ አግኝቷል ቢባልም ሽኩቻውና ፉክክሩ ዛሬ ድረስ ቀጥሏል፡፡ ይህ በተለይ ግዘፍ ነሥቶ የታየው ባለፉት ሠላሳ ዓመታት በተደረጉት ‹‹የራስን ዕድል በራስ የመወሰን›› ትግሎች ነው፡፡ በዘመነ መሳፍንት አስተሳሰብና ኋላም ከኮምኒስቶች በተዳቀለው አመለካከት ላይ የተገነባው ውየናና የአገራችን ዘመነኛ ፖለቲካ ሁሉም ራሱን ለቤተ መንግሥቱ ሲያጭና ሲያፎካክር ቢቆይም የተሳካለት ግን የትግሬው መሳፍንት ልጆች የሚመሩት ወያኔ ነው፡፡ እነሆ እስከ ዛሬ መንበሩን ጨብጧል፡፡ ታዲያ ይህ ሁሉ ታሪክና ሐተታ ከቤተ ክህነቱ ጋር ምን አገናኘው መባሉ ተገቢ ጥያቄ ነው፡፡ በእኔ አመለካከት የቤተ ክህነታችንና የመነኮሳቱ ችግር ይኸው ሥልጣንን ለመያዝ የመሽቀዳደም መሳፍንታዊ አመለካከት ነው፡፡ ሐሳቤን ትንሽ ዘርዘር አድርጌ ላብራራ፡፡
ቤተ ክህነት ምንም እንኳን መንፈሳዊ አገልግሎት የሚከናወንበት መንፈሳዊ አስተዳደር ቢሆንም ለብዙ ዘመናት ከቤተ መንግሥቱ ጋር በነበረው ቅርበት ምክንያት ቤተ መንግሥቱ ውስጥ ያለው በጎም ሆነ ክፉ ስሜት ተጋሪ መሆኑ አይቀርም፡፡ ከዚህም ስሜት አንዱ ሥልጣንን በአካባቢ የመያዙ ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ ቀደም ብሎ ለረጅም ዘመናት ግብጻውያን ጳጳሳት እየተሸሙ ይላኩ ስለነበረ የአገሬው መነኮሳት ራሳቸው ከሁሉ በላይ አድርገው አዛዥ ናዛዥ ለመሆን ዕድሉ አልነበራቸውም፡፡ ቤተ ክርስቲያናችን በአስተዳደር ራሷን ችላ፣ የራሷን ልጆች ጳጳሳት አድርጋ መሾም ስትጀምር ግን ለብዙ ጊዜያት ታፍኖ የቆየው ‹መሳፍንታዊ› አስተሳሰብ ተገለጠ፡፡ የሚሾሙትን አበው ሃይማኖት ሳይሆን ወንዝና አውራጃ ማጥናት፣ የራስን ‹ወገን› ለማብዛት መሽቀዳደም ተጀመረ፡፡ በዚህ ረገድ ሥልጣን ‹ከእጄ አምልጣ ሸዋ ገብታ ቀረች› የሚለው የጎንደር ቡድን በአቋራጭ የጥንት ‹‹የበላይነቱን›› (የበላይነት ከነበረ ማለት ነው) ለማስመለስ ቆርጦ ተነሣ፡፡ ከራሱ ቡድን ውጪ ያለ ቄስንም ጳጳስንም ከመጤፍ ሳይቆጥር ራሱን ብቻ እያኩራራና እያጋነነ፣ ሌላውን እየናቀና እየገፋ፣ የዘረኝነትን አዝመራ እያስፋፋና እያጎለመሰ ሄዶ ድንገት በትግሬዎቹ መሳፍንት ልጆች ኃይልና ብልጠት ተበልጦ ሁሉን ለማጣት ተገደደ፡፡ ፓትርያርኩ ከሥልጣናቸው ወረዱ፡፡ ሌሎቹም ጎንደሬዎች ይዘውት የነበረው ወንበር ከሥሩ ተፈነቀለ፡፡ ‹‹የጎንደር ወጪት ይውጣ … የትግሬ ወጪት ይግባ›› ተባለ፡፡ ሥልጣን ከጎንደር ወደ ትግሬ ገባች፡፡ መርቆርዮስ ወረዱ … ጳውሎስ ወጡ፡፡ በዘመነ መሳፍንትኛ ብትመለከቱት የቋራው ካሳ ወረደ የትግሬው ካሳ ተሾመ እንደማለት ነው፡፡ ዘረኝነትን እያስፋፉ በሌላው ሲቀልዱ ኖረው በራሳቸው ብልሃት የመጣ ሌላ ዘረኛ ወንበራቸውን ቀማቸው፡፡ ተደላድሎም ተቀመጠ፡፡ ዛሬ እርሱን በዘረኝነት ቢያሙት ማንም የሚሰማቸው የለም፡፡ ‹ስልቻ ቀንቀሎ … ቀንቀሎ ስልቻ››፡፡
መቸም ዛሬ እውነትን መፈለግ ሞኝነት ስለሆነ ‹‹አንዱ ባንዳ ሰደበኝ›› ወይም ምናልባት ‹‹አንዱ ወያኔ ስሜን አጠፋው›› ሊሉ ይችሉ ይሆናል፡፡ በእነርሱ የዘር ጨዋታ ውስጥ የለሁበትም፡፡ የማንም ፍርፋሪ ፈላጊም አይደለሁም፡፡ ሁለቱም ቡድን ቤተ ክርስቲያናችንን እያጠፋና እያመሰ መሆኑን ነው የማውቀው፡፡ ስለዚህ የዘረኝነትን በሽታቸውን በሃይማኖት ስም ከሚያስታምሙት ‹‹በሽታቸውን አውቀው መድኃኒት ቢፈልጉለት›› ይሻላል፡፡ ዘረኝነቱን እነርሱ ሲያስፋፉት ትክክል የሚሆንበትና እነ አባ ጳውሎስ ሲያደርጉት ግን ስሕተት የሚሆንበት ምክንያቱ አይታየኝም፡፡ ሁለቱም ቡድኖች የመሳፍንት ዘመን ተፍካካሪዎች እንጂ የሃይማኖት ሰዎች አይመስሉም፡፡ ግባቸውም ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱን መጠበቅ፤ ማሳደግና ማስፋፋት አይደለም፡፡ ጭንቀታቸው የወንበር ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ የሚያሳዝነው ግን ይህንን ሁሉ ምዕመን እንዲህ ያለጠባቂና እረኛ ማስቀረታቸውና አባት አልባ ማድረጋቸው ነው፡፡ ስለዚህ በእውነት ለቤተ ክርስቲያን የሚያስቡ ሁሉ የነገሮችን ምንጭና መነሻ ማጤን አለባቸው፡፡ በሃይማኖትና በአገር ስም የግላቸውን ፈቃድ ለመፈጸም ደፋ ቀና የሚሉ ሰዎችን ስሜትና ፍላጎት ስናስፈጽም መኖር የለብንም፡፡ በተለይም ምዕመናን ከነዚህ ዘረኛ መነኮሳት ቅጥ ያጣ ውድድር ራሳቸውን ገሸሽ ማድረግ አለባቸው፡፡ እኛ በምንሰጣቸው ድጋፍ ነው እንዲህ ቤተ ክርስቲያኒቱን መጫወቻ ያደረጓት፡፡
(ይቀጥላል)

June 5, 2007

40 years after the Arab-Israel war, personal recollection

By prof. A. K
In 1967 today began the six day war between Israel on one side and Arab states (Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia). The entire Arab world rose up against a tiny 19 year old nation of 2 million people. The news in Ethiopia, under Haile Selassie, was devastating. My father was telling us the daily rumors during the evening, some of the interesting things that were said by the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasir. He said that if all the Arabs go to Golan Heights and pee, Israel will be flooded and the people washed into the sea. An other one was, the defeat of Israel was so inevitable that Nasir order all Muslims of the world to wear their white round cap every day of the war. This rumor was a bad one because at that time when we say any of our neighbors, who happen to be Muslims, wear the cap at that time, we concluded that the cap was sent to them by Nasir in person. Many people of christian explained the defeat of the Arab armies as the act of God. They said even the great books refer the christian God as the God of Israel, Ye-Israel Amlak. That Israel won fulfilling the power of God himself. This is my recollection of the the 1967 six day war.It was forty years ago... Oh God I am really old.... It will be hard for Ye-Israel Amlak to make me younger, even for a nanosecond.. .

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