In the past, we have mentioned the anti-Israel Christ at the Checkpoint conferences that occur every other year in Bethlehem, where Israel is condemned and Palestinian violence is dismissed or ignored. We have also frequently mentioned Father Gabriel Nadaf, an Israel Christian supported by The Fellowship, who supports the Jewish state, and whose own son is now serving in the IDF. Our friends at CAMERA now ask a very good question: Will Father Nadaf be invited to speak Israel at the next Christ at the Checkpoint conference?:
Every even-numbered year, the folks at Bethlehem Bible College, (a school known for broadcasting anti-Israel propaganda), organizes a Christ at the Checkpoint Conference. At CATC conferences, the elites of Bethlehem’s Christian community tell the world how badly the Palestinians are suffering and how it is all Israel’s fault. They also tell the world just how wonderful life is under the Palestinian Authority.
Some of the people who speak at the conference lie to their guests from North America and Europe about how the security barrier completely surrounds the City of Bethlehem, when in fact it doesn’t. Three people did this at the 2014 event.
Apparently, Westerners who come to the event, which is held at the Jacir Palace Hotel in Bethlehem, enjoy the show, because the folks who put it on are oh so authentic, even if you can’t trust a word that comes out of their mouths.
Attendees are not bothered by the involvement of folks like Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, an Anglican Priest known for his recent pilgrimage to Iran, where leaders call for Israel’s destruction and portray Zionism as the enemy of all mankind.
For folks who are into that sort of thing, CATC conferences are the Siegfried Follies of Israel bashing …
It’s more than a year off, but CATC organizers are already preparing the 2016 event. Here’s a suggestion for them. Invite Father Gabriel Nadaf, the spiritual father of the Aramean Christian community in Israel to speak at the event. Let him tell his story.
Nadaf, who, as part of the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, is encouraging Christians in Israel to join the IDF. Instead of attacking Israel, he is lauding it, declaring it to be the one place in the Middle East where Christians can practice their faith in safety …
The story Nadaf tells is exactly the opposite of what the folks at CATC want us to hear. Nadaf tell us, in not so many words, that Israel is the model, not the problem in the Middle East. He argues that Israel’s democracy is buttressed, not undermined by its status as a Jewish state. For telling this story, Nadaf and his family has been threatened, defamed and attacked by Israeli Arabs, who cannot bear to hear what he has to say.
Do the people who organize CATC have the nerve to invite Nadaf to speak?