A One-Sided Attack on Zionism

A One-Sided Attack on Zionism
The many problems with the documentary ‘With God on Our Side.’
Gerald McDermott

The documentary With God on Our Side is anything but balanced. It does not give “both sides their due” but instead interviews only Israelis on the far left and ignores Christian Zionists who defend the rights of Palestinians. The result is a one-sided attack on Israel that treats social and political realities with the same ideological insouciance which the documentary assigns to John Hagee and his band.
One interviewee in the film claims—without rebuttal—that Jews did not live in the land for two thousand years. The truth is that Jewish communities have lived in the land through all this time, flourishing in Jerusalem, Galilee and coastal cities in the 9th and 11th centuries, and then rebounding after being massacred by Crusaders in the 12th century. By the early 19th century, long before the rise of Zionism, more than ten thousand Jews lived in what is now Israel. . .

Read more here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2011/january/one-sided-attack-on-zionism.html

Vatican recognizes state of Palestine

Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty
Jerusalem says move not conducive to peace, will consider ‘next steps’ after Holy See announcement ahead of weekend meeting between pope, Abbas

The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty Wednesday, drawing criticism from Jerusalem.

The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state.

But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.

More here:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/vatican-recognizes-state-of-palestine-in-new-treaty/#!

Anti-Zionist Church Extremism

Later this month, Canadian Friends of Sabeel will hold a conference on “overcoming Christian Zionism.” Sabeel describes itself as an “ecumenical Palestinian liberation theology centre” that is “working for justice, peace and reconciliation in Palestine-Israel.” In reality, it is a group that promotes a misrepresentation of events in the Middle East. The conference slated for Vancouver is explicitly aimed at undermining Israel among its North American Christian supporters.

Conservative Christians have been among Israel’s most reliable bloc of friends in troubled times. Like any bedfellows, the Zionist-Christian alliance brings with it complexities. While some Christians use Zionism as a back door to evangelizing or view Christianity as a “successor” religion to Judaism, for example, there are also many in the Christian Zionist movement who respect the integrity of Judaism.

The upcoming conference is co-sponsored by three Christian churches.

The United Church of Canada, for decades but especially in recent years, has adopted a heavily anti-Israel approach to global affairs. Their sponsorship of this event is not surprising. The Presbyterian Church in Canada is also supporting this event, though this, too, is not shocking, given that the American branch of the Presbyterian Church has been beset by anti-Israel agitation and last year voted to divest itself of some Israeli holdings.

What is surprising – and worrisome – is the role of the Anglican Church of Canada as co-sponsor of this conference. Two years ago, the church passed a resolution that made some attempts at balance but was marred by typical anti-Israel boilerplate. With their co-sponsorship of this Sabeel event, the Anglican church has thrown itself unequivocally off the fence.

SOURCE:

Campus, church extremism
April 3, 2015
http://www.jewishindependent.ca/campus-church-extremism/

RELATED:

Know the truth about the next anti-Israel propaganda conference
https://olivepress.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/know-the-truth-about-the-next-anti-israel-propaganda-conference/

***Is Mennonite Church USA soon to join these denominations in their anti-Israel extremism?
Mennonites Walk Barton’s Bridge (discerning Anti-Israel BDS Resolutions)
https://mennolite.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/mennonites-walk-bartons-bridge-to-rome/

Know the truth about the next anti-Israel propaganda conference

Friends of Sabeel conferences continue to take place several times annually in major North American cities, where calls for BDS are sounded, and where “overcoming Christian Zionism in a quest for Justice” in “seeking the peace of Jerusalem” is a major theme. These calumnies and misrepresentations of Israel have nothing to do with peace and even less to do with justice. They are even more unacceptable coming from church groups or a man of the cloth.

Source: Christian Icons of Propaganda – Sabeel and Desmond Tutu
by Christine Williams
March 29, 2015 at 5:00 am
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5458/sabeel-desmond-tutu

Please read the above article if you wish to learn more about the next Friends of Sabeel conference. 
Facing the New Jerusalem: 
Face-to-Face with Christian Zionism and with Palestinian Christians 
is scheduled for this spring (April 23 – 25, 2015
) in Vancouver, B.C. (Canada).

For more information on this event, see:

Canadian Friends of Sabeel or Enemies of Israel? (UPDATED)
https://olivepress.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/friends-of-sabeel-canada/

New Date for Sabeel Conference Next Spring
https://olivepress.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/new-date-for-sabeel-conference-next-spring/

Related:

BDS Supporters of hate and anti-Semitism
Endorsements from Colleagues at American Institutions:
http://www.wall-of-truth.org/bds-supporters/

Telling the Truth About BDS
http://www.standwithus.com/news/article.asp?id=3210

Clearly stated . . .

“Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a lot of heat from the media for his remark that he’s not sure if President Obama really loves America. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know that the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree. Our nation is ridiculed abroad and morally crumbling within. We are in trouble. We have turned our back on God.” – Franklin Graham

SOURCE:
Franklin Graham: President Obama Defends Islam, Criticizes Christians
http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/franklin-graham-president-obama-defends-islam-criticizes-christians.html

A Night at the anti-Israel Improv

Did you hear the one about the anti-Zionist lectures[1] in Canada last week? This is how the night unfolded, as re-told to Olive Press . . .

October 24th

IMAGINE

Imagine a packed auditorium filled with people who have come from far and wide to hear high-profile Christian speakers tell far fetched, re-imagined stories about a land mentioned in an old book that they don’t really believe anymore. They tell about all the ‘atrocities and human rights violations’ that are committed by the Israelis towards the wonderful Palestinian people. They talk about how GOD never gave Israelis the land they ‘stole’ and now ‘occupy’, and all they would have to do is share a little more of it because the Palestinians just want peace. They lament that the Hamas charter is ‘unfortunate’ but if the Israelis would just gave them space, they would settle down. No one bursts into laughter as the outrageous mis-information pile grows higher.

There’s more! Imagine! Although only two speakers are mentioned on the website . . . surprise! An unknown Greek Orthodox pony tailed priest[2] in a long black robe takes his turn in the spot light and tells the audience how they no longer believe in the concept of original sin, and how the ‘chosen people’ concept has been re-thought and the Bible has been re-visited on core issues.

It may sound like an evening at The Improv, but this is no stand up comedy routine. The main attractions, in fact, appear to be seriously irritated by the pro-Israel advocates who try to speak, even cutting one from the microphone, which is very obvious to the crowd. Because well behaved Christian Zionists don’t throw rocks or shout obscenities and threats, the lecturers use their free speech rights to continue critiquing the “Christian Right,” referring to Christian Zionism as though it is a huge, monolithic controlling ‘government’ within the church (when it is actually a small percentage). Meanwhile, the Christian Zionists in this packed auditorium of 250 are mostly of the older generation and highly outnumbered by about 10 to 1.

One can only imagine how some pro-Israel supporters in attendance find such an evening so spiritually oppressive and intolerable, and the propaganda so hard to take, that they begin to feel physically sick. Because it is so shockingly, most of the mis-information stacks up without retort, although one soft-spoken gentleman from the audience manages to destroy the speakers’ arguments from his seat.

Other than a pungent ecumenical aroma[3], the stories offered at such a dark comedy of errors appears to be nothing more than an attempt to court the uninformed and woo them over to the other side.

The final curtain drops. The tragedy is over, for now. A few students seek out the Zionists for an alternative answer, which they are given. The rest of the crowd goes home to spread the new propaganda that sounds right to their ears.

Imagine . . . attending a lecture by Christians on the biblical view of Christian Zionism and finding nothing but inaccuracies and anti-Israel propaganda. Welcome to the new fascism.

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Endnotes:

[1] This may be a bird’s eye view of the Challenging Christian Zionism: Canadian Roots and Responses lecture that took place
 October 24, 2014, but more importantly, this scene is also one that is playing everywhere, and may be coming soon to a town near you.
[2] Imagine hearing a speaker who was not on the list, and no one seemed to know his name. Someone later thought this might be a Greek Orthodox Archbishop associate of one of the speakers who belongs to a group that seems to have re-thought the traditional views of the penal substitutionary atonement and a literal hell. A comment that ensued suggested that, if so, ‘at least the speakers are consistent’ in that they get it ALL wrong.
[3] One of the points listed on the evening’s powerpoint that is needed was:
“A new Ecumenical deal with Evangelicals, Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians.”

*The views in this post are the opinions of an attendee of a recent lecture series on some re-imagined views of Israel (as told to, and edited by, Olive Press).

Related:

Anti-Zionist Lectures in Canada
https://olivepress.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/anti-zionist-lectures-in-canada/

The Islamization of Jerusalem

The Islamization of Jerusalem is an international cause. It does not just come out of Gaza City or even Ramallah. Nor Doha or Istanbul. The politicians and diplomats of every major country demand the Islamization of Jerusalem. When they talk about a Palestinian State with its capital in Jerusalem what they are really demanding is the restoration of the Muslim ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem in 1948.

-Daniel Greenfield, The Islamization of Jerusalem
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/the-islamization-of-jerusalem/