The 'cleansing' of Christians from the Holy Land
They endure individual loss of job or property, their churches are firebombed, Christian-based centres are destroyed, and there are beatings, torture, forced marriages, sexual harassment, and extortion. Converts from Islam are most in danger, and are ‘often left defenceless’ by Palestinian police and governmental authorities to face the fanatic Mohammedans who believe their conversion merits death. The holy city of Bethlehem, which in 1948 was nearly 80 per cent Christian, is today barely 12 per cent.
And what is the world saying about this religious cleansing? What is the world doing about it?
Abraham Foxman, US director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, sees the pogrom for what it is. He said: “I stand here tonight as an American Jew and as a survivor of the Holocaust to say to you that 'never again' was a pledge that the Jewish people learned with great pain and sadness. But 'never again' is not limited to Jewish pain and suffering.”
Indeed it is not. But it is curious how the systematic persecution of a distinct religious group is equated with the political plight of the Palestinians. A new forum called the ‘Council of Religious Community Leaders in Israel’ was inaugurated in Jerusalem last month. Its purpose is to improve inter-religious dialogue and to promote issues of common interest to all the religions in Israel. Representatives from the Jewish, Muslim, Druze, Greek Orthodox and other Christian denominations, Bahai, Ahmadiyya and Samaritan faiths attended the conference.
At the meeting, the religious leaders adopted the following covenant:
Covenant of the Heads of the Religious Communities in Israel
We, the Heads of the Religious Communities in the State of Israel, having come together to establish a council for cooperation between us, declare our faith in the Creator of the Universe who rules His world with grace and mercy, and who demands that we human beings live with each other in peace and respect.
Therefore, we hereby declare:
We are committed to doing all we can in order to fulfil this important command, especially in the Holy Land which is so dear to all of us.
First and foremost, we declare our commitment to the sanctity of human life and denounce all violence against the innocent, especially when this is done in the name of religion, which constitutes sacrilege.
In order to establish peace and mutual respect among the various religious communities in our country, we must educate our children and our communities accordingly, and avoid any affront to the sensibilities and beliefs of others.
The holy sites are a legacy from the past, which requires their preservation as religious and cultural heritages. This also is in accordance with the law of the state regarding the preservation of the holy sites; the integrity and special character of the holy sites must be safeguarded, and they must be protected from all violence and desecration. It is our responsibility, as religious community leaders, to strengthen this approach and to call upon our communities not to harm the holy sites of other religious communities.
Accordingly, and in keeping with the religious commandments and prohibitions of the various faiths, free access must be guaranteed for all believers to their holy sites, and the relevant authorities must assure this.
Our religious heritages teach that peace and tranquility, doing what is right and just, are the commandments of the Holy One Blessed Be He, and as religious community leaders we bear the responsibility to be attentive to the cries of the weak among us and to work together for a just and fair society.
Bearing a prayer to the One Most High, we thank the Creator of the Universe who enabled us to gather today in order to work together and bring a blessing to all the inhabitants of the State of Israel.
So there you have it. A bland statement of the blindingly obvious, in terms to which no-one could object, not least because it avoids all definition of the character of the ‘Creator of the Universe’, the meaning of ‘grace and mercy’, and exegesis of ‘innocent’, ‘right’ and ‘just’. Allah is YHWH is Yeshua, and if this verbiage is anything to go by, he is far more concerned with the bricks and mortar of the holy sites and buildings than he is with the flesh and blood of the ‘cleansing’ of Christians from the Holy Land.
And that is not the God of the Bible; it is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; it is not the God revealed to mankind in Jesus...