January 29, 2018
An Associated Press article published in Fox News declares, "Palestinian Christians slam Pence's pro-Israel faith" and reveals an accurate assesment of Christian Zionism not normally found in America's Main Stream Media (MSM): "Palestinian Christians say U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s brand of evangelical Christianity, with its fervent embrace of modern-day Israel as fulfillment of biblical prophecy, lacks their faith’s compassion and justice, including for those who have endured half a century of Israeli occupation…." In this 27 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson, Tom Compton and Craig Hanson discuss the idea that Christian Zionism is not in step with the truth of the gospel and does not represent Jesus Christ and his ministry of peace, compassion, foregiveness and reconciliation. Rather, Christian Zionism represents a selective compasion that ignores the plight of Palestinian Christians and Muslims. To get a good idea of Christian Zionism theology, we recommend reading Vice President Pence's speech to the Israeli Knesset: Click Here.
January 10, 2018
Palestinian Christian, Rev. Alex Awad reveals the effects of Christian Zionist theological beliefs on Palestinian Christians, in this insightful presentation made at a "Christ At The Checkpoint" seminar held in Bethlehem, Palestine. Millions of American Christians have been deceived by a theology that says that God gave the modern state of Israel, exclusively, to today's Jews and that the indigenous Palestinians living there, have no right to be there. Traditional Christianity rejects this notion. Please watch this 1 hr. 16 minute video presentation and, then, have one of your Christian Zionist friends watch it. Who knows, maybe they will come to realize that God is not a respector of persons and welcomes one and all into His kingdom. A written summary of Rev.. Awad's presentation is available here.
January 4, 2018
Palestinians have developed a number of creative, non-violent ways to challenge the brutal Israeli military occupation of Palestine. One of the more widely known forms of non-violent resistance is the BDS (Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions) movement that was started in 2005 by about 150 Palestinian civil groups and joined by activists all around the world. When we spent a month in Palestine, based in Bethlehem, this past summer with the Holy Land Trust, one very innovative form of non-violent resistance came to our attention. We met Dr. Mazin & Jessie Qumsiyeh, who founded the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability and the Palestine Museum of Natural History that is associated with Bethlehem University. This 14 minute video is a talk by Dr. Qumsiyeh, given at the meeting of the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) on Dec. 4, 2017. The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo. Professor Qumsiyeh’s paper dealt with challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the 21st century with globalized systems. He highlighted the example of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University in areas of research, education, and environmental conservation. As the only Palestinian speaker at this conference, Prof. Qumsiyeh took the opportunity to also highlight the issues of Israeli colonial policies that effect sustainability in Palestine.