Undermining the Jewish State

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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Also part of CMEP’s White House delegation was CMEP executive director and former U.S. Ambassador to Gabon Warren Clark.  A few weeks before the White House visit, in June, CMEP convened its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. called “Pursing Peace Together: Working for Reconciliation in the Holy Land.”  In his remarks, Clark focused on what CMEP thinks is the main obstacle to Middle East peace:  Israel, especially the Jewish settlements on the West Bank:   “If the new building freeze is not extended, I believe hopes for an agreement will end, as no Palestinian authority can agree to continue the pattern of the past 17 years of engaging in negotiations while the Israeli population expands into the Palestinian territories, including east Jerusalem.”  Only an ongoing building freeze could allow “public perceptions” to improve, especially in Israel and the U.S., he insisted.

Clark implored:  “We will all need to work as individuals and in groups, in our church communities, in our parishes, in our meetings, synods, dioceses and in all the other words we use to describe our various church organizations, to tell our elected representatives we want them to support the effort to bring about an end to this conflict and an agreement for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Holy Land.”  In other words, rally your churches for increased U.S. pressure against Israel.

More direct than Clark at the CMEP advocacy event was former United Church of Christ President John Thomas, who sits on CMEP’s Leadership Council.  As reported by my colleague Jeff Walton, Thomas likened Israel and the U.S. to the Bible’s wicked King Ahab, who stole his neighbor Naboth’s adjacent land for his own palace garden, declaring: “Give me your vineyard, because it is next to mine, and I want it.”

“There are always enough scoundrels around who will trump up charges and then ultimately dispossess the Naboths of this world first of their reputation, then of their life, then of their land,” Thomas insisted.  Inevitably, he listed supposed American examples of “possessing and dispossessing,” which apparently makes America as notorious as Israel.  “How else can we read the narratives that lead to and from the trail of tears and all of the tributaries that have gone so painfully from it?” he ponderously asked. “What of manifest destiny that rendered much of Mexico and Puerto Rico and islands in the Pacific ours, adjacent? Or closer to home, what else can one make of so much of the urban gentrification that we see, or even the foreclosures – which are not only cruel, but also demonically and deliberately clever?”

Thomas zinged America Christian Zionists’ for “self-serving apocalyptic visions” to bolster their pro-Israel stances.  He claimed Israel was created as “a kind of atonement for centuries of anti-Semitism” and has since become America’s “compliant vassal state to be possessed as a client serving our strategic interests in which Naboth counts for little.”  He warned against seeking “balance” in the Middle East and urged instead to focus on despoiled “Naboth” as the “the church’s primary concern,” by which he clearly meant suffering Palestinians, victimized by Israel and its American patrons.

Probably the CMEP was on its best behavior and did not mention “Naboth” while visiting the White House in July.  But simplistically portraying Palestinians as victims and Israel and America as villains is the underlying constant theme for CMEP and the elites of its member churches.

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  • http://www.honesttoGod.info victor

    Rev Samuel is rock solid on the Biblical mandate of supporting the nation of Israel. God's "everlasting" covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has no common touch point with his other issues of concern.

    Pastor Victor

  • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

    At the level above, the Christians will all be intellectuals; but we must be careful not to conflate intellectuals with intelligent people. We would do well not to assume that educated people are intelligent people; that clever people are intelligent; that the intelligentsia comprise the intelligent. We must definitely not confuse ourselves by thinking that ideologues are intelligent people. The Christians of the Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) might well all be intelligent, but we have no reason to assume so. What that we can know without further proof is that they are all accomplished bureaucrats.

    A bureaucrat who thinks creatively and critically is only going to do so successfully if he or she thinks in such ways to further the bureaucracy, not to think objectively in critical or creative terms per se. All we will see from an intelligent bureaucrat is clever management of a bureaucracy. What is there to like about such people? I'm sure there are many things, though I'm not intelligent enough to think of even one.

    When I look at a religious establishment such as above, I see a group of intellectuals determined to impress each other with moralistic positions that mean only to them and not to the world as we know it outside the meeting room or the Spanish cloister. They strike me, as outsider indeed, as a gaggle of self-important and self-referential buffoons.

    That would be my bad tempered assessment of fools. But there is more than my temper involved here: such people as above engage in promotion of actual politics, i.e. the running of the minutia of daily life, the daily lives, of millions of people world-wide. In a real sense, the words of these fools is "law." The lives of millions depend on the words such people say to each other and to those they talk to on matters of war and peace. Because they involve themselves in matters of war, they involve themselves in the making of war that kills masses of people they do not know and cannot know. If they "trade the Jews" for peace among Muslims and dhimmi Protestants in Bethlehem, for example, then the Christians as above are directly involved in war against the Jews and the enslavement of the Christians they sell to the Muslims for Church peace. It's more than just chat at the banquet table in the meeting room. Its lives lost due to the positions these people take. My position is that many if not most of these people are neither smart nor intelligent. They are, rather, simple-minded conformists who have too much power, too much conceit, and little or no penalty for the evil they do. They might trade an area of this or that place in exchange for a church here or there, or permission to remain in a church here or there; and when they involve themselves in blood at that level, they become, according to me, combatants.

    If I were smart, I would find a way to lessen the harm these people do, and in so doing, I would discourage other pseudo-intellectuals as these from meddling in affairs they know not of.

    • http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com DagW

      *Robert Browning, “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”

  • therealend

    I'm afraid that our meddling over the decades has only made more people die.

  • Beverley

    Please, please not all people who say they are christians are Christians. Remember many are wolves in sheep clothing. Go onto any good decerment ministry and they will show you who all the fakes are and why. http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com another very good one is http://www.moriel.org

  • kim

    How sickening to see such a mess. In Scritpture G-d blesses the Jews with land and also left land to arabs. but of course the arabs, Muslims want the whole world. To try to take the Land that G-d gave to the Jews as a EVERLASTING Covenant and told the Jews to strike any who tried to take the Land.. Ever idiot know Arafat was keeping the PLO area as a poor camp just to tell the world ,,see what the mean ole Jews is doing. If the PLO and all muslim gave a hoot, they would put them into the land they should be on..NOT on G-d's Covenant land. THERE will never be a time when anyone will move HIS CHOSEN off the land,,G-d said that,,so ,,what we have left is the fulfillment of the fall feasts..war………………and guess who will win..anyone who tries to take the land from the Jews is G-d's enemies..scripture is true whether anyone cares to believe or not..and the next war…Psalms 83 and Isaiah 17…and for those in the good ole USA needs to know this war will hit all over the world…The good answer to peace is to the enemy off Israel land…even they say it is not theirs..they just want to rule the world..never happen…Israel will stand forever…like it or not..

  • ajnn

    Interestingly, before 1948 jewish residents in the holy land were identified on their identification documents as 'palestinian' and Palestinian Arabs were listed as 'Arabs'.

    Palestinian at that time was used to deride and insult jews living there. The idea was that jews had no national identity and the Arabs were a great people. Christians were identified by the name of their religion; Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, etc.

    Ironic – a term of derision and opprobrium against a liberated inferior people (jews) is now seized by their (the jews) past oppressor.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    CMEP, well it is nice that the leftist, subversive, progressive,
    communist, socialist frauds are not satisfied with falsifying
    truth in their failed Churches and lost congregations. Making
    life unlivable in America is a main point of the devious left.
    As a sign of their corruption and complicity in mayhem and
    destruction they support the terrorist people bent on
    destroying Israel and its people with their disingenuous
    assertions. Christians! no these people are false teachers
    and the heirs of Haman and may they receive his reward.
    William

  • james

    I crossed religion with politics;what jah get?CHRISTIANITY

  • PAthena

    Zahir Muhsein is right in a sense. Arabs are not "Palestinian," and calling them so is a consequence of Soviet propaganda. In 1964 in Cairo, Gamal Nasser and the Soviet Union invented the "Palestine Liberation Organization," and the propaganda of calling some Arabs "Palestinian," with phony history and all, started then. The only "Palestinians" are the Jews, for the name dates back to the 135 A.D. when the Roman Emperor Hadrian, after defeating the last of the Jewish rebellions under Bar Kochba, changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" and outlawed Judaism. Since that time, "Palestine" has meant "land of the Jews" or "the Holy Land" (Jesus having been a Jew), and "Palestinian" synonymous with "Jew." That is why the Zionists wanted the "Palestine Mandate" and Great Britain was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" as "homeland for the Jews" after World War I.
    The only cause of war between the Arabs and Israel is religious, the Mohammedans objecting to a Jewish state. The Arabs who are now falsely called "Palestinians" do not deserve yet another state, Israel made a colossal error in making the Oslo Agreement, withdrawing from southern Lebanon, and Gaza. And the "West Bank" has an ancient name which should be used, "Judea and Samaria." All calls for Israel to withdraw from "the West Bank" are calls for Jews to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, land of the Jews.

  • ajnn

    Interestingly, before 1948 jewish residents in the holy land were identified on their identification documents as 'palestinian' and Palestinian Arabs were listed as 'Arabs'.

    Palestinian at that time was used to deride and insult jews living there. The idea was that jews had no national identity and the Arabs were a great people. Christians were identified by the name of their religion, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, etc.

    Ironic: a term of opprobrium against an liberated inferior people [jews] is now seized by their [the jews] past oppressor.