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New Anti-Semitism Tailored for Evangelicals

"For any self-respecting person, the endorsement of terror... at a Christian conference is obscene." — Kay Wilson, tour guide attacked by Palestinian terrorists.

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Christians in the Middle East

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In what was dubbed an “unprecedented advisory,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Christians to steer clear of the “Christ at the Checkpoint” [CATC] conference that took place from March 8th-15th in Bethlehem, and coincided with Israel Apartheid week there. Israel Today , a publication that investigated the conference, concluded that it could pose “a long term threat to Israel’s security.” According to the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“The attempt to use religious motifs in order to mobilize political propaganda and agitate the feelings of the faithful through the manipulation of religion and politics is an unacceptable and shameful act. Using religion for the purpose of incitement in the service of political interests stains the person who does it with a stain of indelible infamy.”

A ministry official stated that, “the conference is designed for the evangelical Christian leadership leadership — an extremely important audience to us.” Christians around the world should pay close attention to the Israeli government’s concern about the dangerous propaganda being fanned and fueled at “Christ at the Checkpoint.” According to the conference website: “the checkpoint and the wall become a focal point and symbol of the conflict.” Yet the reason for the wall and the checkpoint is never mentioned — not the daily incitement to destroy Israel, the countless terrorist attacks against it which necessitated the barrier, nor the seemingly corrupt leadership of the Palestinian people.

Looking further into the agenda of this event, the Jewish National News Service pointed out that “Christ at the Checkpoint” emphasizes replacement theology, which teaches that the Christian Church has replaced Israel and the Jewish people in God’s purpose and plan so that the Jews are no longer God’s “chosen people,” and that Christians have replaced them. This is a source of division in the Churches and a stance many Christians resolutely oppose.

Bethlehem Anglican Canon Rev. Naim Ateek , president of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, spoke at the inaugural CATC in 2010; he is one of the first church leaders to connect Liberation Theology with the Palestinian cause. Liberation Theology is a political movement in the Catholic church that stresses liberation from unjust economic or political circumstances; in the Palestinian cause, it replaces the Jewish Messiah in scripture with that of a Palestinian Jesus or martyr. As an aggressive anti-Israel campaigner, Ateek stated in an Easter message he once delivered: “In this season of Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified. Palestine has become one huge golgotha. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull.”

Executive Director David Brog of Christians United for Israel described the speakers of CATC as the “who’s who of the new anti-Israel narrative…in a guise of love…. who claim to be “pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace.” Just before the conference convened, Brog warned that “almost every speaker will blame Palestinian suffering on Israel and Israel alone.” He calls CATC a “dangerously one-sided propaganda campaign against Israel.”

According to a World Net Daily report, Brog later lamented about the conference that: “They are so careful about excluding possible justification for Israel’s actions that not a word was uttered about the 60 missiles fired from Gaza into southern Israel. … they are so disconnected from real Christian suffering that there’s been no mention of the besieged Christian communities of Egypt, Iraq or Syria.”

Christine Williams

About the Author: Christine Williams is a Canadian journalist and award-winning interviewer. She is a regular blogger for NewsRealBlog.com, where her articles are frequently republished online at USA Today, FrontPage Magazine and Islamist Watch, among others.

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  1. This is very dangerous, the Catholic Church is involved, I believe they are the ones who created Islam way back when.

  2. The Catholic Church created Islam??? Islam as a reaction to Christian Paganism, perhaps. But intentionally?? Perhaps a little real history might inform you, Melva. Couldn’t hurt. ||Christians, all of them, will in time turn on Jews even if they are in support now. It happens again and again with Christians. They approach then attack, reapproach and then Christianity seeing Jews will not embrace their god will turn again for our blood; repeat, repeat. This is why I want, nor will ever make a covenant with Christians. They are our enemies no matter how they claim otherwise. But the idea that Christians must have an anti-Semitism tailored for them is laughable–they practically invented it.

  3. WHERE ARE THE ELIJAHS OF GOD TODAY? – Not In Attendance at the ‘Christ At The Checkpoint’ Conference! I recently volunteered and lived in Israel for two years. I not only lived amongst Jewish Israelis, but also at one point, with Arab Muslims, as well as getting to know Christian Arabs. I have seen EVERY side of the conflict, from a very personal level, since I count all as my new found friends. Unfortunately, Christ At The Checkpoint is a well orchestrated propaganda machine, which professes to seek peace, justice and reconcilliation on behalf of Christ, while intentionally achieving just the opposite. Many of the well meaning Evangelical leaders involved, including most if not all who spoke and participated, have simply been duped. Sadly, others have lost their spines as well as their voices. The Nazi SWASTIKA adorning the hotel facade where the conference was held, said It all. How any invited Christian speaker could enter without noticing, and condemning publicly its display, is beyond comprehension. Sadly, this will go down as a missed historical moment, when many Evangelical leaders were handed the opportunity to speak up against anti-semitism, but instead remained silent. I dread to think of the high profile leaders who, during this conference, naively networked with, and scheduled these wolves in sheep’s clothing, or rebranded liberation theologists, to come and spread their disinformation at their host’s churches and organizations.

  4. Julia Bowman says:

    I can’t say I blame you honey……….xo

  5. The one thing Christians must know is that Christians and Jews are not part of the same religion and we do not need anyone to help us, redefine, or assign Jews anything. Consider the relationship between Jews and Buddhists, or Martians and learn from that.

  6. I wonder what then you would say or how you would even begin to know or define a Hebrew Catholic as myself…I certainly do !

  7. I believe that they are evangelical because there is a church in the US that is very anti- Semitic..
    Meanwhile Christians and Jews are the infidels, we should be united against Islam. Christians in Israel are protect and they serve in the IDF.
    Israel is a light unto the world, only the blind cannot see.

  8. Jesse Long says:

    This is, sadly, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Spain, and the Communist USSR, among other things, all over again. The Book of Ecclesiastes and William Shakespeare were both right when they said that there was nothing new that was under the sun and what was done before will be done again.

  9. The covenant is to the Jews not with Christians.
    The rest is imagination .
    This name that we are using is also a invention ,
    Hebrew has no W.
    At the end Israel always be the house of Hashem .

  10. The covenant is to the Jews not with Christians.
    The rest is imagination .
    This name that we are using is also a invention ,
    Hebrew has no W.
    At the end Israel always be the house of Hashem .

  11. Ruth Hirt says:

    Evangelicals and other Christian outfits endorsing hate, divestment, boycott, sanctions against Israel, regardless whom they may be favoring, are outrightly side-stepping Christianity's prime Biblical creed. Avoid them please.

  12. They also endorse violence if they support organizations that support terrorism. I'm no Biblical scholar or anything, but I never heard of Jesus saying anything like, "Death to the Jews" and I'm pretty sure the "golden rule" was to be applied to all, not everybody but the Jews. This group seems to be endorsing concepts that are very anti-christian, but they wouldn't be the first to use the cross as tool of conquest.

  13. David Matos, I don't speak for any group other than me, myself, and what I think is fair. The terrorist "smear" was referring to how a "peaceful" group like the CATC had joined their "snow-white" hands with the bloodied hands of men who've sworn to wipe Israel and/or the Jewish people from the face of the planet. That's just an honest assessment of the situation though. I'm sure if you listen to these people with ear-plugs on, they sound more peaceful….have you tried turning your speakers on when you watch these guys on Youtube? I think I found the problem. When you can't listen to the violent rhetoric or hear the blasts of the mortar shells next to your house or your children's school, you probably get a little confused.

    You want to talk about human rights? What about the right to self-defense? If a man gets punched in the head multiple times, and defends himself by punching back, would you blame him? If a man is told he can't punch back and he buys a helmet to protect his head instead, would you blame him? Then why in the hell do you blame Israel for trying to find a little peace on their tiny part of this earth? Yes, palestinians may have grievances against Israel (and mostly the PA), but be real…everything has at least two sides.

  14. David Matos says:

    Roasted Locust Still smearing away I see. You've written all of this and have nothing convincing to present to substantiate your claims. A lot of sound and fury and yet no meat to your argument. Just name-calling and labeling. Of course you hate talking about human rights, because it points out that Israel stealing its Palestinian neighbor's lands is the root of the conflict. I sympathize with the desire for a Jewish homeland, but creating a Jewish homeland by ethnic cleansing the native Palestinian Christian and Muslim population is simply wrong. As for the BDS movement, it was the same nonviolent tactics that helped end apartheid in South Africa… the Israeli government's version of apartheid needs to go. Honest people of conscience understand this.

  15. Sounds like "Black Liberation Theology" of Wright & the radical James Cone!! Just a different disguise.

  16. AND if they want to address the abuse and unjust circumstances they need to change what PA Arabs do to their women & children. It is also easy to see how many Xians can be swayed this way, since Xianity is based on the notion of them being the New &/or real Israel. I was one of them til I saw the light of Torah. Psalm 119. Am Yisrael Chai & Torah Ora!!

  17. David Matos, you can't accuse me of smearing anything when you accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing. Of all the countries in the region, they're the one that does not strip the rights from religious minorities, including Christians and Muslims. They don't execute gays or raped women either. If you were truly in favor of human rights, you wouldn't be so hellbent on destroying them. What is the real reason you don't like Israel? And where should they live once you and your kind evict them from their homes once again? Maybe you should invite them to live in South Carolina where they'll feel at home, surrounded by bigoted neighbors. I like how you guys have gotten over burning-crosses and wearing sheets over your heads – you've become a bit more sophisticated since the 60's almost to the point where a person couldn't smell the pig on you.

  18. David Matos, you are partially right. Since those 2.2 million people living in the west bank are not Israeli citizens, maybe they should find a new place to live. They control Gaza, so that's one place they can go. Are you implying that the borders should be drawn so that the Palestinians control all of the west bank, as well as Gaza? You might as well give the northern half of Israel to them if you're just going to sandwich Israel between a rock and a hard place (not that it's your decision). And would you give them voting rights knowing they'll just vote you out of existence? The last time I checked, even US citizenship requires the newly-sworn citizens to swear allegiance to the US. It's madness for you to think people who've sworn to destroy Israel would make good citizens of Israel. At the very best, you might get them to be bearable neighbors with a big enough fence and a bigger stick until the neighbors embrace peace over violence.

    You can talk all you want, but if you're really concerned with human rights and improving the lives of Palestinians, you'd encourage them to stop inciting hatred against Israelis. If Israelis weren't constantly under the threat of the knife, gun, or bomb, they'd probably loosen up a bit (and here you are, calling them racists for trying to survive…and I have no clue?). And the humanitarian issues they face could vastly be improved if all the billions of dollars given to the PA each year went towards improving the basic needs of the people rather than their base desire to destroy Israel. The ball's in their court – they can help themselves rather than hurting Israel, and once the peaceful among them represent the majority, they'll thrive.

    BTW, how many Israelis are there in the world? Whatever the number, it's limited. I'd like to know why they don't get the same considerations as others who are much larger in number. Few in numbers, they're expected to lay down and die. Why? And here they are in a sea of animosity, and you call them the racists? You accuse them of ethnic cleansing as well. Either you've got a wicked sense of humor in the literal sense of the phrase, or you're seriously clueless about what "ethnic cleansing" means – you actually think there'd be 2.2 mill Palestinians in the westbank and another couple million in Gaza if a systematic approach to dealing with those numbers was to be applied this day and age with modern science and tech? And of all people to accuse of such a thing? You either play with words without knowing their meaning or you've got a greasy fork for a tongue, son. I suggest you swallow those words or your tongue until you open your eyes.

  19. David Matos, like you're part of the solution to this problem. The only solutions people like you are truly interested in are "final solutions."

    Go learn some history. Go learn who coined the term "palestine". You accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing, and here you are using a word coined by one of the largest practitioners of ethnic cleansing, the Romans. Of course, there aren't many Romans living there today, but a few hundred years after the Romans did their part to "solve" the same problem you're hellbent on solving, another empire came into Israel, practicing their own method of ethnic cleansing against the Jewish people, and to this day, they call themselves "palestinians" even though the vast majority came from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, or Jordan during British occupation of the region.

    Why is it so important to you to remove the Jewish people and culture from Israel? The world doesn't need the likes of you trying to apply your own "solutions" to the "problem" you call Jews. You're just another donkey trying to kick them when they're down. Guess what, jackass? Every donkey kicks its last. Do the world a favor – the next time you want to be part of the "final solution", realize that you're the problem that needs to be solved. Be the peacemaker in the only way men like you can be – by resting in it.

  20. "Palestinian Arab" is about the same as saying, "white guy from Chicago." They're Arabs who lived in the region for a few generations, not hundreds. The majority of links to the land are with the Jewish people, the Jewish faith. You can rename it all you want, but since the majority of Palestinians don't claim their Jewish heritage, they forfeit any claims to the land. BTW, all people are related. All people are linked. I don't make the same distinctions as you.

    BTW, I never said anything hateful about Palestinians. If anything, I've been hateful towards you, because I see through your bs (a reminder that I need to eat more fiber to avoid pushing so hard against a piece of crap). I've checked your FB page, and you pretend to be anti-war and anti-violence. You pretend to be a proponent for peace. And yet, you have yet to denounce the violence against Israel in all of these exchanges. Why is that? Do you not value Jewish blood as much as Palestinian blood? That's all I was waiting for, and you could not admit that violent acts against innocent people are wrong. How can you build a lasting peace when you condone acts of violence? You talk about justice while refusing to see the injustice in killing innocent civilians, mothers and children included. Your version of justice obviously doesn't apply to Jewish people.

    And since you offer nothing new other than an old hate repackaged, I'm done with you. BTW, I'm visualizing a toilet flushing now – it feels good to drop a deuce from time to time. Now if only I could stop arguing with them…

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