Sabeel Ecumenical Liberal Theology Center states that its mission is to support the “oppressed” Palestinians of the “indigenous Church,” but it is a main artery of anti-Israel propaganda that feeds Christian Churches globally.
By Christine Williams
Based in Jerusalem, the influential Sabeel Center describes its mandate as “working for justice, peace and reconciliation in Palestine-Israel.” But on closer examination, the reverse is true. Its founder, Naim Ateek, regularly invokes scripture in rancorous propaganda against Israel. He once said in an Easter message:
Some brief facts:
Despite ignoring these facts, Sabeel’s founder, Naim Ateek, also preaches that the Holocaust has been used and manipulated to support unjust Israeli policies against Palestinians. Yet Ateek’ssilence about the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem’s role in the Holocaust is highly revealing, and any reasonable person should ask the questions: does Ateek not know history? Or is he deliberately covering it up?
The Grand Mufti — Haj Amin al-Husseini — worked closely with and had influence over Hitler and the Nazi machine. He helped the Nazis wipe out the Jews, and that mission continued on through the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) under Yasser Arafat. The PLO’s original manifesto cited the “liquidation of Israel” as its purpose.
Arafat was a nephew of the Grand Mufti and learned much under his tutelage; Arafat’s birthname was name was Abd al-Rahman abd al-Bauf Arafat al-Qud al-Husseini.
Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu wrongly compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the apartheid regime in South Africa, an impossibility according to the definition of apartheid.
In 2002 Tutu agreed to serve as Sabeel’s international patron and to “assist the Palestinian Christian organization in its outreach and development work with Christian Churches around the world.” Sabeel also declares that Jesus (Yeshua) was Palestinian, but as scripture teaches, Yeshua was from the house of David; even the Koran recognizes his Jewishness.
For the cause of justice, peace and reconciliation, Christian churches need to begin with the truth that Israel is not a human rights abuser. It is the PA, PLO and many Muslim countries that seek the destruction of Israel. Many of those states also violently persecute Christians and murder and oppress their co-religionists.
It is vital that Christians accept the truth of history and unite in refuting the dangerous messages being spread against the truth, against scripture and against Israel. Friends of Sabeel Conferences take place several times annually in major North American cities; at each one, further calls for BDS are sounded.
By Christine Williams March 18, 2015 Original Source: breakingisraelnews.com "Feeding Christians Propaganda Against Jews"