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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, January 12, 2007
    The first suicide bomber
    Humour can be a persuasive tool for protest and peacemaking, used well. Those who heard Bishop Riah the other night tell me he uses it well in his role as one who stands for justice and mediates between polarised communities in Jerusalem. He told his Liverpool audience that he's fond of reminding his Jewish friends who the first 'suicide bomber' was - Samson. And that reminded us of a story told by someone who had been on a tour of Israel in a party which contained a lot of American right-wing evangelicals, who were astonished to find that such people as Palestinian Christians existed. "When did these people become born again?" they asked their tour guide. "Oh - about two thousand years ago."