Latin America is familiar with the pain which arises from the violent and oppressive colonisation model tied to a religious project of power that subjugated territory, subjugated identities and subjugated possibilities of life in common.
The call of the Palestinian Churches reached Christians in Latin America, and they responded.
They said: We know oppression and we know how important is the solidarity of Christians from all around the world for the transformation of realities which cause us suffering. (Sabeel-Kairos Brazil website)
At the World Social Forum: Free Palestine, which happened in Porto Alegre in October of 2012, the Brazilian National Council of Christian Churches (CONIC), with the support of Lutheran Diaconal Foundation (FLD), held a workshop to reflect around a Brazilian response to Sabeel-Kairos Palestine. This response was written by many theologians collectively and it points to the identification and solidarity of the Brazilian Christian people with the Palestinians.
After much work in dialogue and reflection, the Brazilian response was presented to the Brazilian, Latin American, and international ecumenical context and it seeks to gather adherence of Brazilian Christians and theologians. The document Sabeel-Kairos Palestine: a Brazilian Response is, therefore, a document constructed collectively which tries to stimulate a wider movement of solidarity with the Palestinian people in Brazilian society, searching for a just peace. The document was formulated in Portuguese, but has now been translated into English and Spanish. It is being shared for theological reflection and Christian solidarity.
The Palestinian people deserve their autonomy, their freedom and their right to the land which belonged to their ancestors so that they can accomplish their history as a people, with language and culture. (Sabeel-Kairos Palestine: a Brazilian Response)