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EXPOSÉ: A Christian Fatwa Against Israel
By Giulio Meotti
25 September, 2013
The Global Church ignores the threats to itself from the very Palestinian Arabs it supports, for the sake of Israel-bashing.
The World Council of Churches, an ecumenical body which claims to represent 590 million Christians worldwide and based in Switzerland, will sponsor an event supporting the partition and Islamization of Jerusalem. The ”World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel” will go on from 22nd of September.
“This annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been more than 64 years since the partition of Palestine hardened into a permanent nightmare for Palestinians. It is now more than 45 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples”.
By claiming that the Jewish people “occupied” Zion, the global Christians organization sides with the Islamic worldview and deletes 3.000 years of Jewish presence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
This year's goal is erasing any Jewish presence in the so called “holy basin”, an alliance of the Islamic mosques and the Christian sepulcher which will exclude the Jews from the Temple Mount.
Two years ago, the World Council of Churches organized a four-day conference in the Greek city of Volos. Lutherans arrived from the United States, Catholics and Protestants from Bethlehem and Nazareth, Orthodox Christians from Greece and Russia, lecturers from Beirut and Copts from Egypt. The conference declared the Jewish State “a sin” and “occupying power”, accused Israelis of “dehumanizing” the Palestinians, theologically dismantled the “choseness” of the Jewish people, called for “resistance” as a Christian duty, attacked Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria invoking the name of God and conceptually dismissed the Jewish state, imagining it to be a mixed area - Islamic, Christian and perhaps a bit Jewish.
The old Christian replacement calumny has changed language, yet it still marks a death sentence for the Jews: Israelis, like Lucifer, were God’s Chosen, but were cast out for their evil ways, and now deserve to be obliterated from the “Holy Land”, the argument goes.
This is a Christian fatwa against the Israelis.
This week, England’s most senior Catholic, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, referred to the “State of Palestine” and demonized the State of Israel through this typical Christian whinge: “No one who has seen the security wall that divides so much of the Holy Land, cutting off people from their traditional land and means of sustenance, no one who has felt the fear and insecurity that mars that land, no one who has seen the contrast between the provision of goods on one side of a line and the lack even of a reliable source of water on the other, can have any doubt about the importance of finding this pathway to peace as soon as possible”.
Meanwhile the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, who was in Rome for a meeting of the Latin Bishops’ Conference for the Arab Region, slammed Israel “for the occupation, the walls and the checkpoints”, and from Melbourne, Australia, Archbishop Theodosios, of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, declared that “in 1948 in the Nakba, the people who suffered were not necessarily Christian or Muslim – it was the entire population”.
Every Sunday morning in American churches, thousands of generous Christians collect money for the welfare and future of the Israeli people. The vast majority of them simply wants to bless Israel because that is what they believe is the right thing to do. But their global representatives, from London to Jerusalem, are breathing new life into a demonology that bans Israel from the family of nations.
The World Council of Churches has written the liturgy of prayer for the upcoming pro-Palestinian Arab event. It is a kind of pro- Arab religious psalm in which Jews are demonized. The prayer was composed by Rev. Hosam Naoum, Anglican Church; Rev. Ashraf Tannous, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land; Dr. Charlie Abu Sa’da, Melkite Catholic Church; the World Day of Prayer Committee in Palestine, headed by Aida Haddad, and Nora Carmi, Kairos Palestine.
Here some quotes:
Oh Lord. Come and see the hardships and agony of the bereaved families when they receive the tortured and disfigured bodies of their loved ones. Come grieve with families who are prevented from burying their dead because of physical walls.
They are not referring to Tomer Hazan, the Fogel or the Hatuel families.
The religious book prepared for the WCC states that
the destruction and uprooting of olive trees by the Israeli occupation is not only an expression of ecological disrespect and vandalism, but also an insult to God’s creation and the people who, despite their oppression and suffering, can still extend their hands with an olive branch to soldiers and oppressors.
For those who have no value for life, for those who protect their own interests at the expense of the suffering of others, wepray that they might repent and lead a life of righteousness and justice.
Here the book slanders the Jewish people by calling it "those who have no value for life".
The liturgy uses the Scriptures to foment the anti-Israel sentiment:
We pray for all those Palestinians whose homes have been demolished and those who have been driven away. For Palestinians who suffer because of the separation wall and settlements and for those who have lost their jobs and suffer from poverty, hunger and thirst.
We pray to you, O God.
For all children who cannot reach their schools because of the wall, for the sick who cannot reach their hospitals, and for those who do not have the freedom to reach their places of worship.
We pray to you, O God.
This kind of “odium fidei,” or religious hatred, which manipulates the Scriptures against the Jewish people, reminds one of Adolf Hitler, who instructed a group of theologians to rewrite the Bible in a bid to remove all mention of the Jews.
Located in Eisenach, the city where Martin Luther translated the Bible, the "Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life", headed by Walter Grundmann (1906-76), published a new version of the Bible, called “The Message of God”. Missing from it were all references to Jesus as a Jew.
After that, "Aryan Jesus", which was the Christian legitimization of the Nazi Holocaust, it is now the turn of the "Palestinian Jesus", a tool in the Islamic war against the State of Israel and its Jews.
These global Christian leaders are blindly ready to ally with Yasser Arafat and Ahmed Yassin, with Ayatollah Khomeini and Hassan Nasrallah, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden, who relentlessly link the wanton murder of Jews with the liquidation of Christianity.
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The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book A New Shoah, that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.