From June 15 through June 22, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), a Protestant denomination with approximately 2.3 million members, will pass judgment on the defense policies of Israel as it defends itself from terror attacks from the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority. The leadership of the PCUSA should consider more than just the Palestinian perspective, to acknowledge the 58-year history of Arab rejectionism toward the State of Israel, and to vote to rescind the unfair and counterproductive selective divestment initiative begun in 2004.
Palestinian Christian leaders are offering a distorted narrative of the recent round of fighting between Israel and its adversaries, Hamas and Hezbollah, demonstrating once again their propensity to denigrate the Jewish homeland to Western audiences.
Mainline Christian churches and their umbrella organizations have routinely characterized the Arab-Israeli conflict as a consequence of Israeli intransigence and have ignored Arab refusal to accept the existence of a Jewish State in the Middle East. This trend persists in the face of recent attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah.
After publishing an error-filled column by Robert Novak, the Washington Post ran the following CAMERA letter addressing the column's flaws.
Instead of correcting the mistakes in his February 16th column about Israel's security barrier, Novak added more bluster and blunders when on April 16 he returned to the subject.
Syndicated columnist Robert Novak's commentary on Palestinian Christians and the West Bank village of Aboud, published in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Washington Post, was an egregious example of revisionism. It featured false premises relying on repeated errors.
Columnist James Wall of Christian Century magazine claimed that Israel's security barrier "completely surrounds" Bethlehem. Although this is patently untrue—even according to PLO maps of the Israeli barrier—editors refuse to correct the error, simply because Wall, a regular critic of Israel, "stands by" his observation.
In a recent Op-Ed, George Bisharat, a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, vastly overstated U.S. aid to Israel and entirely misrepresented Arab and Jewish demographics in Jerusalem.
In his October 20th column, Chicago Tribune public editor Don Wycliff weighed in on the debate surrounding Sabeel, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian Christian organization which is accused of reviving the anti-Semitic "teaching of contempt" dogma long repudiated by most of the Christian world. Wycliff stated that the organization does "classy work."
A Muslim mob converged on the Palestinian Christian town of Taibeh, burning and looting 13 homes owned by relatives of a man suspected of having an affair and impregnating a 30-year-old Muslim woman who worked for him. Prior to the mob attack, in yet another suspected "honor killing," the pregnant woman, Hiyam Ajaj, was found dead from poison.