Speaking in a keynote message at the annual Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ (PJTN) International Prayer and Dinner Event for Israel held at the World Center in Orlando, Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth encouraged American Christians to stand with Israel against the BDS – boycott, divest and sanction – movement.
He told the capacity audience of hundreds of PJTN watchmen in attendance that “as one of the few surviving Christians in the Middle-East, I praise God daily for the blessing of being able to call myself an Israeli.” He continued by praising the work of PJTN under Laurie Cardoza-Moore’s leadership, which has spearheaded the campaign to pass anti-BDS legislation across the United States stating, “I call upon anyone in any state who has not already passed an anti-BDS resolution to reach out to PJTN.”
EAST GREENWICH – Nearly 50 people braved snowy weather on Feb. 12 for an open discussion of the potential for cooperation between pro-Israel Christians and Jews.
Organized by Dave Talan of Temple Torat Yisrael, a panel composed of Russell Raskin (Lawyers and Judges for Israel), Jeff Gladstone (StandWithUs-RI), Pastor David Marquard (Christians United for Israel/Praise Tabernacle Church), and Rep. Ramon Perez (Dist. 13) spoke personally and for their communities regarding their support for Israel and the Jewish community in Rhode Island.
The Jewish Star reports that filmmaker and investigative journalist Ami Horowitz found little evidence for the claims by Human Rights Watch of “onerous” waiting times at Israel’s security checkpoints, or that the waiting times – according to Amnesty International – amount to “collective punishment”.
All of the Palestinians with whom Horowitz spoke said that it took them 10 minutes or less to get through the checkpoint… The filmmaker also hired a Palestinian driver and traveled “over 300 miles” throughout the disputed territories in an automobile bearing Arab license plates. “We were not stopped even once,” Horowitz said.
The anti-Israel lobby routinely circulates stories of horror and oppression without seeking to present a balanced or realistic picture. Isolated incidents are presented as the norm and facts are stretched to paint Israel as intentionally victimizing Palestinians. Unfortunately, as the report makes plain, many church organizations have fallen for this:
In 2014, the Presbyterian Church USA voted to divest from Motorola on the grounds that the company was assisting “checkpoints that dehumanize Palestinians,” and the United Church of Christ cited the checkpoints in adopting its own pro-BDS resolution in 2015. The Evangelical Lutheran Church has embraced a manifesto known as the “Kairos Document,” which accuses Israel of perpetrating “daily humiliation” of Palestinians at checkpoints. As a result, a number of Lutheran synods around the country have called for boycotting Motorola.
The Church, at least for the most part, has largely abandoned the crude antisemitism that it displayed for much of its history. Unfortunately the attitude of many church leaders towards Israel today helps to feed the antisemitism that the Church thought it had rejected.