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Vatican Fires At Israel
The Vatican told Israel on Thursday that it would not take orders from anyone over what it does or does not condemn, as a diplomatic row boiled over into the biggest challenge yet to face to Benedict's 100- day-old papacy.
In an unusually stern statement, the Vatican also rejected claims that Benedict and his predecessor had failed to condemn Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israelis over the years.
Earlier this week, Israel demanded the Vatican explain why Pope Benedict failed to mention a deadly Palestinian attack in a speech voicing sympathy for other nations struck by Islamist suicide bombers. Addressing the faithful last Sunday, Benedict deplored the "Death, destruction and suffering in countries including Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Britain," And asked God to "stay the hands of assassins ... Driven by fanaticism and hate." The Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Vatican ambassador to ask why the sermon had not mentioned a July 12 suicide bombing by the Islamic Jihad that killed five Israelis.
The Hamas terrorist organization has singled out Christian supporters of Israel, putting them on notice that it views their actions as "criminal," making them enemies of the Palestinian Arabs.
In an interview published in the Arabic language newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat last Thursday, Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Gaza-based Hamas leader said, surprisingly, that his organization did not regard the West as the enemy.
"We do not consider the West as an enemy but we believe Christian Zionism is criminal," he said.
By Hilary Leila Krieger
Though the new Iranian TV program Zahra's Blue Eyes does feature plenty of gory operations and heart-wrenching moments, it's no ER.
Also titled For You, Palestine, the dramatic series "reveals" how Israeli doctors are harvesting organs from Palestinian children and focuses on the campaign of fictional prime-ministerial candidate Yitzhak Cohen, who is particularly interested in seizing young Zahra's arresting eyes.
As a Christian activist on behalf of the unspeakable persecution of Christians in Islamic countries (whose plight are nearly ignored by Reuters) I took exception to your misrepresentation of the facts concerning the Israeli construction of a wall on across a few acres of land some distance from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to prevent Moslems declaring Rachel"s tomb a mosque and closing it to Christian and Jewish pilgrims.
The European Union prepared a report on anti-Semitism - but buried it because it showed that Moslem and pro-Palestinian elements are involved in most of the incidents. So reported yesterday the Financial Times of London.
Palestinian Christian revisionism has revived replacement theology
By Melanie Phillips - March 22, 2002
It was one of those sickening moments when an illusion is shattered and an ominous reality laid bare. I was among a group of Jews and Christians who met recently to discuss the Churches' increasing public hostility to Israel. The Jews were braced for a difficult encounter. After all, many British Jews (of whom I am one) are themselves appalled by the destruction of Palestinian villages, targeted assassinations and other apparent Israeli overreactions to the Middle East conflict.
By Bob Westbrook
Source: Trumpet Sounds
A March 31 open letter issued by the World Council of Churches denounced "repeated declarations by the (Israeli) government's top leaders" that "all of Jerusalem will belong to Israel". This organization, which represents a large portion of institutional Christendom, has for years stood in solidarity with the Muslim Arabs against what they call Israel's "illegal occupation of Palestine".
This contradicts the viewpoint of many born-again Christians who hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible. They support Israel's possession of the entirety of Jerusalem as its eternal capital, with Judea and Samaria as the historical heartland of Israel. This discrepancy in "Christian" viewpoints must appear puzzling to Jews.
An anti-Semite once gave a video of Ted Pike to myself and a Calvary Chapel pastor in the USA. Clearly Ted Pike is a biblically ignorant sort of person with a bigoted disposition towards Jews.Ã‚ He Ã‚ attracts conspiracy theorists and other such kooks. He is like a pseudo-sanitized Texxe Marrs. On the video , he packaged half truths in distortions of Scripture.
Few stories in recent years have mobilized the U.S. Jewish community more than the announcement by the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), a prominent Protestant "mainline" denomination, that it would begin the process of divesting its monies from companies doing business with Israel. More recently, the World Council of Churches, representing 340 denominations and churches in over 100 countries, issued a similar call. This move was almost universally denounced by Jews --Ã‚ both liberal and conservative, both religious and secular.
Stephen Sizer Ã‚ is an Anglican vicar, identifying himself an Evangelical and calling Israel an "Apartheid regime" that Christians should oppose.
The supposed Evangelicism of Stephen Sizer's contemporary Anglicanism is hardly that of Cranmer, Ridley, Latimer, Hooper, Tyndale or that of the Anglican martyrs who established Evangelical Anglicanism. Indeed, in the age of popular Anglican ecumenism, the Thirty Nine Articles of Anglicanism are long compromised. Much if not most of what the Anglican martyrs were brutally murdered for has popular acceptance, even among Anglican Evangelicals. Much less is Sizer's Anglicanism that of a Wilberforce, or a Shaftsbury, who accepted the biblical teaching about the prophetic purposes of God for Israel and the Jews as is taught in Scripture.