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In an absurd combination of Religious Left political correctness and subtle advocacy masked as religious humanitarianism, a Japanese Lutheran pastor is hosting “peace” concerts in Hiroshima featuring music from pan flutes carved from Palestinian olive trees. Supposedly, the trees were unjustly felled by imperialistic Israeli bulldozers to make way for the “separation wall” i.e. security barrier against Palestinian suicide bombers.
“I really would like to let the children in Hiroshima know that Palestinian children see hope in a city that was rebuilt from destruction by the atomic bombing,” the Rev. Yasuhiro Tateno, the Palestinian olive tree pan flute peace concert organizer recently told the World Council of Churches (WCC) news service. The concert series is part of Tateno’s ongoing “Hope for the Children in Palestine” program.
Tateno discerns “the hope of Christ’s resurrection” in the pan flutes crafted from the “resurrected” Palestinian olive trees, just as Palestinian children are supposed to see hope in the resurrected city of Hiroshima. Reputedly, the slain trees come from Nazareth, hometown of Jesus. It’s not entirely clear if one or multiple trees are involved. Presumably one olive tree could make a lot of pan flutes, but reports speak of multiple tragically felled trees experiencing transformation into musical instruments.
According to Rev. Tateno’s group, the olive trees are “trees of life” tragically slain in the interest of Israeli settlements and the accompanying offensive 8 meter high wall between “Israel and Palestine.” Carving pan flutes out of a martyred tree will resurrect it back to life, at least symbolically. In effect, Tateno’s group surmised, the human breath for the pan flutes will allow the resuscitated Palestinian live to speak for itself. “Even though the tree was killed during a sorrowful time, it can be born again by the warmth of people’s hearts and their desire for the realization of peace,” the Japanese explained. “We want to hear the olive trees speak again. We want to know what the olive tree from Palestine has to say to Hiroshima.”
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