In Bethlehem, the Wrong Kind of Christian Festival

by (@lukemoon1) April 9, 2014

Unfortunately, it is clear from the Christ at the Checkpoint conference that pro-Palestinian Christians have serious political and institutional momentum.

4 Threats to Christian Support for Israel

by (@RyanMauro) March 25, 2014

“Before I came to Israel, I saw the conflict as a David and Goliath scenario with Israel being Goliath and the Arabs as David. Now I understand that it’s the opposite …”

Letter to Paul Alexander Rejecting “Anti-Israel” ESA Conference

by (@HashtagGriswold) January 8, 2014

The following is a letter from Pastor Victor Styrsky, Eastern Regional Coordinator for Christians United for Israel. Pastor Styrsky has been a pastor and an ally of Israel for more than thirty years, and is author of Honest to God – Christian Zionists Confront 10 Questions Jews Need Answered . Recently, Pastor Styrsky was invited by Evangelicals for Social Action’s co-president Dr. […]

Great Expectations and Subtle Messaging of Impact: Holy Land

by (@lukemoon1) December 12, 2013

With the help of the Mennonite Central Committee and World Vision, Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) pulled together a diverse group of almost 200 “Jesus Followers” for a conversation about the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Impact: Holy Land featured the who’s-who of Palestinian Christian outreach to Evangelical America, prominent names of the Evangelical Left, […]

The Continuation of Warfare by Other Means: Washington, DC, Conference Delegitimizes Israel’s Past and Present, Part II

by (@AEHarrod) November 19, 2013

“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.

Reverend Graylan Hagler Fronts ‘No Blank Check for Israel’ Rally

by (@TheIRD) January 22, 2013

By Aaron Gaglia This last Saturday, a group of pro-Palestinian activists gathered in Farragut Square for a rally speaking out against Israeli policies toward Gaza and the West Bank. This rally featured a combination of religious and non-religious activists alike urging President Obama to stop U.S. aid to Israel. Participants then marched to the White […]

IRD’s (@TheIRD) Top Church News Stories of 2012

by (@TheIRD) December 28, 2012

Washington, DC—Oldline church disputes, threats to religious freedom and Middle East proxy battles made news throughout 2012. Below are IRD’s top church news stories for the year. Presbyterians and Methodists vote against Anti-Israel Divestment: Churchwide gatherings of the United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this Spring and Summer rejected appeals from anti-Israel groups to […]

Merry Christmas: Jesus’s Birthplace Is an ‘Open-Air Prison’

by (@TheIRD) November 30, 2012

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a collaboration of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, has released its special “Christmas Message.” And this year’s holiday season is apparently all about bashing Israel. “The birthplace of Jesus Christ has become an open-air prison,” they complained with Christmas cheer. JAI is chiefly about disseminating anti-Israel […]

Merry Christmas: Jesus’s Birthplace is an ‘Open-Air Prison’

by (@markdtooley) November 30, 2012

According to one group, this resembles Jesus’s entry point into the world. (Photo credit: State Budget Solutions)   The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a collaboration of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, has released its special “Christmas Message.” And this year’s holiday season is apparently all about bashing Israel. “The birthplace of Jesus Christ has become […]

Just War and Gaza

by (@TheIRD) November 19, 2012

By Keith Pavlischek Walter Russell Mead is one of America’s most perceptive commentators on American public life. But in an otherwise perceptive commentary “America, Israel Gaza, The World”, Mr. Mead articulates a rather common yet mistaken understanding of how the Just War tradition understands the jus in bello criteria of proportionality. According to Mr. Meade: […]