Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Body
Of Christ?

How can a people who claim to worship Jesus Christ, who was a practicing Jew Himself, hate Jews?

I think you'll have to ask Christ for the answer to that one, because I have been unable to come up with an answer in the five years since I started Christians Against the New Anti-Semitism.

But, just for the sake of keeping a record, let us note that there is open anti-Semitism being practiced at Boston's Old South Church:

Here’s an account by Joel Pollak of a truly disgusting event at Boston’s Old South Church, featuring speakers from the Arab hate group Sabeel, Desmond Tutu, and Muslim Brotherhood front man Mahdi Bray (the one who claimed his cheers for Hamas and Hizballah at a rally in Washington were just “jokes”): The cult of Israel-hatred:
The Cult of Israel-Hatred
Tonight I decided to skip my usual Friday night services and head on down to the Old South Church to attend the opening of the Sabeel conference on "The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel."
The church is a beautiful building; what a shame it was to see it defiled by such hatred. The pews were packed with people who dislike Israel in one way or another; one guy wore a t-shirt depicting a burning Israeli flag.
I walked around the room to see where the microphones for question-and-answer would be. There weren't any, and at the start of the evening we were told that if we wanted to ask a question we'd have to fill out an index card and hand it to one of the ushers. Screened in advance! I should have known. I complained to Phyllis Bennis, one of the moderators, who told me: "This is not an open discussion."
I sat down in a pew near the front and opened the folder of conference materials. The back page of the official program was entitled "Apartheid?" and was filled with quotes and maps aimed at proving the Israel-apartheid analogy. They had a line from Jimmy Carter, a line from Archbishop Desmond Tutu (the conference's keynote speaker), and a line from—no, wait, really?—Nelson Mandela:
"Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children."
Sounds rather damning, doesn't it? And who could disagree with Nelson Mandela? There's only one problem: Nelson Mandela never said, wrote or endorsed those words . They are the creation of an Arab journalist named Arjan El Fassed.
When I exposed El Fassed's fraud earlier this year, he claimed: "There is no possible basis for Pollak to say I intended people to believe the memo was written by anyone other than myself."
In spite of El Fassed's admission, the Israel-haters continue to use his Mandela quote to promote their views. But El Fassed's "Mandela Memo" is a fraud—just as much a lie as the Israel-apartheid equation itself. The entire evening was built on such lies. Keynote speaker Naim Ateek, for example, claimed that the Israeli government has an "intense desire to ethnically cleanse Palestinians."
But I'm jumping ahead. The evening began with an address by the Right Reverend M. Thomas Shaw, the local Episcopalian bishop, who equated the anti-Israel movement with the anti-apartheid movement: it is "like any movement we've had for justice in human history," he said. "God smiles on this assembly," he added. This was a feature throughout the evening: religious blessing of hatred against Israel.