Slamming Israel for Christmas

Mark Tooley is President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.theird.org) and author of Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century. Follow him on Twitter: @markdtooley.


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The WCC’s church women accurately observed that the “local Palestinian Christian presence in the birthplace of Christ is under threat,” while assuming that “threat” is only Israel’s “occupation.”  In Israel’s complete absence, how would Palestinian Christians fare?  The imploding Christian populations of other neighboring Muslim dominated Arab nations do not offer much promise that their plight would improve.  In their declaration, the church women bemoaned the supposedly deep connection “between racism and the oppression of occupation,” i.e. Israel is racist. And they boldly “named the complex webs of systemic and structural oppression,” guided by “racism, economic control, militarism, colonization and gender inequalities,” all of which are multiplying the “de-humanizing effects of occupation.”  In other words, Israel’s presence embodies all of the Religious Left’s favorite bugaboos.

Professing that “love” is their chief motivation, the WCC’s church women cited “love” as a “creative form of resistance,” incarnated by “non-violent actions to end the occupation, to end the violence and daily humiliation endured by Palestinians, and to put a final stop to the continuing oppressive control of land and water enabled by the occupation.”  The church women pledged to “boycott, divest, and support sanctions as non-violent action.”   They also promised to “repent of theologies which are used to support unjust political options and stand alongside the oppressed in their life affirming theologies.”  In short, they reject Christian Zionism and embrace Palestinian Liberation Theology.  On this score, since the WCC doubtless excluded any Christian Zionists from its Bethlehem jamboree, it’s doubtful any of these WCC church women needed any “repentance.”   By their own definition, they are already fully sanctified. The church women additionally asked how churches might promote “an equality that is not only between one people and another, but also between women and men.”  How would the rights of women fare under a completely Islamic dominated “Palestine”?  Focused exclusively on Jewish Israel as the source of all oppression, these church women probably did not explore this question.

Indigenous Palestinian Christians are politically unable to express much public concern about living under Muslim rule.  Western church groups like the WCC are not similarly muzzled, except by the constraints of their own anti-Western ideology. But the Religious Left likes to pretend that Christians, and women, and various minorities, and expressions of dissent, would do much better under a “liberated” Sharia-influenced Muslim Palestine than under a Jewish, democratic, Israel.  It’s an untenable assertion, almost as absurd as exploiting Christmas and Bethlehem to rally against the nation of Jesus, Joseph and Mary.

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  • Tom H.

    I remember how the Palestinians desecrated the church of the nativity. In addition to trashing the place, I understand that they used the church's bible as toilet paper. Since Israel has turned security over to the Palestinians, the Christian population of Bethlehem has been decimated . In Palestinian territories as with virtually all Islamic majority countries, Christians are cruelly mistreated. These progressive Christian women of the WCC could have shown courage by speaking up for Christian rights or women's rights. In my opinion they are concealing their Jew hatred behind a facade of Christian values. EVIL PRETENDING TO BE CHRISTIAN.

    • peace lover

      Tom H. I don't know where you get your information from. you are either brainwashed or trying to brainwash others. Christians and Muslims ALWAYS lived side by side without any problems untill Israel started causing trouble between these communities. you are tring to draw attention away from the fact the Israel killed, tortured an displaced millions of Palestinains (Christians and Muslims). but this is not gonna work for much longer as the world is gradually discovering how ugly Israel is. your days of glory are numbered so you better treat Palestinians as human beings. give them their land and dignity back before it's too late. you murdering thieves. If you really want to know the historical facts, look at this http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history

      • Nate W

        People like "Peace Lover" also think that 9/11 was Israel's fault too. Now, for example, is it Israel that made the 7 Muslims (with their religion of "peace") in Ireland try to carry out their murder plot? ( http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/09/world/m… ) Could it be that people like "Peace Lover" ALWAYS live with their head in the sand. Know the facts!

        • peace lover

          Well Nate W., this is typical of people like you. we are talking about Israeli illegal occupation and ethnic clensing and you are taking the attention away from this FACT. Obviousely you don't like Islam. if I talk about Judaism the way you talk about Islam i will be accused of being anti semetic. Now i'm not going to argue with you what caused the 9/11 or what Islam means. Obviousely it is YOUR head that is in the sand. just look at the facts http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/ many of these facts are actually supported by good Jews who love peace. obviousely you are not one of them

          • Spirit_Of_1683

            Israel is occupying nothing other than Israeli land. I suppose you think the Danes are occupiers of Danish land and should turn it over to Jihadis. You are one washed up Jew-hating Nazi-loving troll who wishes Jews had been eliminated during the 1940s.

          • MixMChess

            "we are talking about Israeli illegal occupation and ethnic clensing and you are taking the attention away from this FACT."

            How can Jews illegally occupy their own land? Remember "peace lover" Israel was built on LEGALLY PURCHASED land which was originally VACANT and TENANT-FREE. It was the racist and blood-thirsty Arabs that chose to ignore the UN partition plan and engage in a war of extermination (unlike the Nazis with whom they had close ties to) against the Jews.

            Israel has not engaged in any ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. In fact the exact opposite is true. The Palestinian population has increased exponentially under Israeli rule and the quality of life has significantly improved. Did you know that the Palestinian population of the W. Bank increased by over 84% from 1993-2004 alone?

            Obviously you are not a peace lover and are really only a "propaganda lover." Keep up with the lies!

      • Spirit_Of_1683

        When it comes to sheer idiocy, you take some beating. Christians and Muslims NEVER live in peace together. Muslims always dominate Christians when they can. But antisemitic flower idiots like yourself can never grasp this. Do Christians and Muslims live side by side peaceably in Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia or any of the other Islamic basket cases? No. They don't even live peaceably side by side in Malmo, Paris and Stockholm. You can't blame Israel for that. Where Muslims go, they seek to dominate over the infidel, and 2010 alone is littered with churches being burned down and their congregations being massacred by Muslim savages. Their evil Koran instructs them to do so, and being saturated with antisemitic leftist idiots like yourself is one of the chief reasons why the West looks in terminal decline to its 1,400 year old enemies.

      • MixMChess

        "Christians and Muslims ALWAYS lived side by side without any problems untill Israel started causing trouble between these communities."

        You are LYING "peace lover." Muslims have been persecuting Christians for centuries since the rise of Islam. A recent example is the genocide of the Armenian Christians by the Islamic Turks during WWI. It is estimated that upwards of 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Turkish Muslims. Odd, Israel didn't even exist at that time… clearly the genocide is another example of the peachy relationship Muslims had with Christians.
        http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/Christian

        Hmmm… how is Israel responsible for Christian persecution by Muslims in Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Iraq, the Philippines, Sudan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia….?

        In fact, while Christians are unwelcome in Islamic states (example: Saudi Arabia), and most have been driven out of their traditional homelands in Lebanon, Armenia, Iraq and Egypt, Christians have and continue to be welcome in Israel, which is the only Middle East nation where the Christian population has GROWN in the last half century (from 34,000 in 1948 to 145,000 today).

        Samir Qumsiyeh, a journalist from Beit Sahur told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that Christians in Gaza and the West Bank were being subjected to rape, kidnapping, extortion and expropriation of land and property. Qumsiyeh, has a list of "93 cases of anti-Christian violence between 2000 and 2004" and specifically mentioned "the case of a 17-year-old girl from [his] town who was raped by members of Fatah." He added that “almost all 140 cases of expropriation of land in the last three years were committed by militant Islamic groups and members of the Palestinian police” and that the Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped from 75 percent in 1950 to 12 percent today. “If the situation continues we won't be here any more in 20 years."

      • MixMChess

        "you are tring to draw attention away from the fact the Israel killed, tortured an displaced millions of Palestinains (Christians and Muslims)."

        You are lying again "peace lover." Israel banned torture when it signed the Geneva Convention in 1949. Israel is also a signor to the Convention against Torture in 1986. In 1999 the Israeli supreme court formally banned any and all forms of torture. Would you care to try another lie?

        And millions of Palestinians were not displaced, a report by the UN Mediator on Palestine arrived at figure of approximately 470,000.

        "give them their land and dignity back before it's too late."

        Um, Israel already completely withdrew from Gaza and the PA has autonomous control over the W. Bank. How are Israelis thanked when they give Palestinians control? Oh that's right by constant rocket-fire aimed at Israeli schools and day-cares. I guess xenophobic Palestinians are more interested in murdering Jews than peace and a state of their own. Considering the Arabs occupy over 85% of the Jewish National Homeland, perhaps the Arabs should return Jewish land back to the Jews.

        Want to know the REAL facts?:
        http://www.palestinefacts.org/

      • ziontruth

        "Christians and Muslims ALWAYS lived side by side without any problems …"

        Christians accepting second-class status under the dhimmi apartheid system of Islam have always lived side by side without any problems with Muslims exercising their first-class status under said system. True that. Life under the Mohammed Crow laws is a cherished model for Christian-Muslim relations. If you're a Muslim, of course. If you're a Christian, not so much.

        "so you better treat Palestinians as human beings. give them their land and dignity back before it's too late"

        Agreed, just with one fact that needs to be taken in account: the Jews are Palestinians; are the only true Palestinians, the only ones who can rightfully take that name. The ones you mean are not Palestinians but Arabs. Arab imperialists demanding to take the one single state the Jews have and add it to the over 20 states they already have. And masking this patently unjust goal with the false narrative of a non-Jewish "Palestinian" nation. But the truth is always victorious in the end.

        "you murdering thieves."

        Couldn't have described the Arab imperialists better myself.

    • mariam

      the church of the nativity is palestinian. your comment is a joke. the palestinians inside the church took refuge because israel invaded bethlehem on their tanks. many of the militants in the church were christians. one for example is chris bandak, who was afterwards taken as prisoner by jews. we are christian and we are PALESTINIAN. feel free to read on KAIROS palestine document, which is written by palestinian christians and has over 3000 palestinian christian signatories and clergy

      • MixMChess

        You are lying Mariam. The Palestinians who took "refuge" in the church were criminal terrorists who are all guilty of past murder and terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli Civilians. The 13 Palestinian terrorists weren't escaping from the Israelis. They FORCIBLY took over of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem as part of a premeditated plan to put international pressure on Israel.

        In fact, Tanzim commander Abdullah Abu-Hadid told Yediot Achronot : "The idea was to enter the church in order to create international pressure on Israel… We knew beforehand that there was two years worth of food for 50 monks. Oil, beans, rice, olives. Good bathrooms and the largest wells in old Bethlehem."

        These Palestinian murderers STOLE gold objects from the monks, ate the Monk's scarce food, and URINATED on the church floor. I doubt a true Christian would willingly desecrate a Christian Holy site.

        Also, Chris Bandak wasn't even a part of the notorious 13 terrorists that took the Church hostage. He is a Christian Palestinian who was arrested in 2003 after he murdered two Israeli civilians.

  • Suzanne

    I'm sorry, peace lover, Tom H. has it 100% correct.

  • Preacher Billy

    Anyone with a positive opinion about Islam, aka "The religion of peace" is not familiar with the Koran. When we talk about Israel and its Muslim neighbors we are not just talking ancient history or "ancient hatereds," as if Jews and Muslims are on equal ground in attrocities. The Koran, read it page for page just like the Muslim world does, violence is the order of the day. All of us should love peace, but it is the foolish that ignore the truth that Muslim violence committed against Jews and Christians, is inseperable from the Koran.

    Muslims from across the globe celebrate suicide bombings and the slaughter of Jews and Christians as the will of Allah. Any honest comparisons between faiths shows who the real peace lovers are.

  • mariam

    "The solution is one Palestinian state, from the River to the Sea"- Orthodox Christian in Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hannah

    Free Palestine!

    • MixMChess

      Free Palestine? You mean I don't need a coupon for a free Palestine? Where can one I get my free Palestine?

  • MixMChess

    "the church of the nativity is palestinian. your comment is a joke. the palestinians inside the church took refuge because israel invaded bethlehem on their tanks."

    Nope, they did not take refuge it was planned. In fact, senior Tanzim commander Abdullah Abu-Hadid confirmed to Yediot Ahranot that the 13 Palestinian terrorists had PLANNED and PREMEDITATED seizing the Church of the Nativity.

    "Some ran there out of panic, and there were others who had planned beforehand to enter the church… The idea was to enter the church in order to create international pressure on Israel… We knew beforehand that there was two years worth of food for 50 monks. Oil, beans, rice, olives. Good bathrooms and the largest wells in old Bethlehem. You didn't need electricity because there were candles. In the yard they planted vegetables. Everything was there."

    Upon entering the church, they stole gold and food from the monks and urinated and defected on the church floor. I doubt any Christian would willingly desecrate such a holy site.

    "many of the militants in the church were christians. one for example is chris bandak, who was afterwards taken as prisoner by jews."

    Chris Bandak was not even part of the 13, he was arrested in 2003 after murdering two Israelis. Get your facts straight.