“I have a real issue with the Old Testament” and the “mixing up” of ancient and modern Israel, the late Edward Said’s sister Grace stated during the November 8-9, 2013, Waging Peace in Palestine & Israel conference in Washington, DC. As previously analyzed, this event of self-professed Christians castigated modern Israel’s entire existence as unjust, yet, as Said indicated, Israel’s Biblical past did not go unscathed at the conference either. The conference’s revisionist history delegitimized Israel with a transformation of the Bible’s Jewish heritage into the inheritance of a Palestinian people who in turn appeared unified across centuries and cultural divides.
The “racist concept” of a Jewish national state is an “impediment to peace,” Philip Farah of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Palestine (PCAP) judged during the panel “Myths about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Impediments to Peace.”
Across the Middle East, Christians face intimidation, violence, church-burnings, and even murder. Why doesn’t the West do more to address these catastrophes? According a Christian historian, its all Evangelicals and Zionists’ fault.
Brian McLaren asks, “Why are Christians persecuted?” and “Why are Western Christians silent about the persecution of Christians?” His answer, explored in Part Two of this blog post, is that pro-Zionist Christians don’t want to call attention to the fact that Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian lands causes unrest in the Middle East that affects Christians. But Israel is the safest place to be a Christian in the whole Middle East!
By Aaron Gaglia (@GagliaAC) The Arab-Israeli conflict is as controversial an issue as ever. There are those who think the Jewish people have a historical and Biblical right to the land; there are those who are disgusted by the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and rally for the Palestinian cause; there are those who make […]
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) Note: This is the second of two articles about the 2013 Churches for Middle East Peace advocacy conference. To read about the keynote address by Pastor Bob Roberts, please click here. Dissatisfied with the U.S. Administration’s response to the Syrian conflict and the worsening plight of Christians in the Middle East, […]
By Ryan Mauro (@RyanMauro) Last year, the Clarion Project launched a petition to boycott Best Buy in response to the company’s donations to a fundraiser for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The company defended its actions in the name of “interfaith” relations, even after nearly 13,000 people signed the petition. The same annual fundraiser […]
By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) This is the first of two articles on the 2013 Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Conference Evangelical Christian support for Israel is often based on cultural conclusions reached apart from scripture, according to a prominent Southern Baptist pastor engaged in interfaith dialogue and Middle East peace advocacy. “Why is it […]