Christ at the Checkpoint is growing. will be hosted by Bethlehem Bible College. Raed Salah supporters Stephen Sizer and Ben White are due to speak there. Sizer is listed as an organizer. Bethlehem Bible College has a worrying track record on antisemitism. They sent lecturer Alex Awad to represent the college, and share a platform with Hitler-admirer and Holocaust denier Frederick Tobin in Indonesia. Stephen Sizer also attended this conference in Indonesia, as did Iranian Holocaust denier and Faurisson admirer Jawad Shabarf. Seismic Shock web page has some good information.
In this video, you will be given all the basic information to know more about Christ at the Checkpoint 5 Conference. Jesus Christ at the Center.
Christ at The Checkpoint 5 2018 Update
Sami Awad: Christian Zionism and the Conflict 2016
I grow weary of the constant and blatant lies from left-leaning “Professing Christians” who politicize Biblical concepts into propaganda pieces. It has been well documented by Bible Believing Christians of the misinformation of Politically Correct leftist to usurp Israel’s right to the land. While most Christian Zionists do not give a blank check to all of national Israel’s political agendas. We do understand God has made Covenant Promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, King David, and promises to the land, yes the land. These are summarized in the Abrahamic Covenant, Davidic Covenant, and the Land Covenant.
If you are truly interested in going deep into studying the real issues associated with Dispensational Theology and how it views Israel Past, Present, and Future. Romans chapters 9, 10 & 11. See Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum study here. Are we really Religous Extremists or just trusting God at His word?
See also related articles.
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Antisemitism and Christ at the Checkpoint
World Vision Funding Hamas says NGO Findings
Recent scandals we can add World Vision to the Anti-Israeli Israeli Replacements.
On August 4, 2016, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced that Mohammed El-Halabi, the manager of operations in Gaza of the international humanitarian NGO World Vision, funneled 60% of World Vision’s Gaza budget to the terrorist group Hamas.What is Christian Zionism?
This announcement highlights the inherent danger of humanitarian groups operating in war zones, risking the diversion of aid by violent actors, including terrorist organizations. Since the arrest, World Vision has released limited information regarding El-Halabi, the organization’s finances, and allegations of anti-Israel biases in World Vision staff.
A number of important questions still remain for World Vision to answer. The issues of concern can be categorized into two areas: political/ideological agendas, and financial management and due diligence, although the former can lead to failures in the latter.
- Political/ideological agendas:
- As NGO Monitor and others have documented, World Vision officials have a record of bias which repeats the Palestinian narrative, as well as hostility towards Israel and Jewish sovereign equality, including what appears to be unwitting condescension. Some recent statements made by World Vision officials, as noted by Rabbi James Kennard in his response to Rev. Costello in the Australian Jewish News were highly problematic. We strongly urge World Vision officials to address and understand the sensitivity of these themes, particularly in Rev Costello’s scheduled keynote speech before the Hadassah organization in Australia.
World Vision Maligns Christian Zionism
World Vision has dramatically distanced itself from an article by its vice-president criticising Christian Zionism.
Steve Haas wrote All of Me: Engaging the World of Poverty and Injustice for the Lausanne Movement’s website. The paper deals with Christian engagement in issues of poverty and injustice and uses examples from Rwanda, HIV/Aids and Palestine.
Haas said that many evangelicals for more than 60 years had “clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism”. He added that “This theological position has backed the largest and longest occupation of another people group in modern history, an oppressive Israeli legal system which [Archbishop Desmond] Tutu and many other church leaders have called ‘apartheid on steroids’.”
The paper was savaged by pro-Israeli commentators including Robert Stearns, director of Eagles’ Wings, who wrote for the Jerusalem Post that the article was an example of “the toxic mix of lies, ignorance, and half-truths that drive the global movement to delegitimize Israel. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre accused Haas of making comments that “that malign Israel and undermine her very right to exist”. -World Vision vs. Zionism
Very Suspect Anti Israel Bias Leadership & Connections
The 2nd annual Christ at the Checkpoint conference is scheduled to take place in March 2012, in Bethlehem.
Whilst the organizers and many speakers are claiming they are standing up for non-violence, peace, and justice, examining the Checkpoint conference closely tells a different story.
By promoting known theological extremists, Checkpoint 2012 will only breed more theological extremism.
In this booklet, I will explain clearly and concisely, why this conference is such a concern for people who are genuinely interested in peace in Israel-Palestine.
Written by Joseph Weissman
Christ at the Checkpoint 2010: Naim Ateek
The first Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference took place in 2010, and no Messianic Jews or leaders of Israeli Messianic congregations were invited.
Instead, the founder of Sabeel, Naim Ateek, played a prominent role in the last conference, giving a speech1. Ateek has previously stated2:
“In this season of Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified. Palestine has become one huge golgotha. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull.”
According to Ateek‟s twisting of Biblical themes, Israel operates a crucifixion system, and the Palestinians become linked with Jesus‟ death. Such powerful imagery is designed to cast the Palestinians in the minds of Christians as like Jesus without fault, and the Israelis as particularly sinful.What is Christian Palestinianism?
This rhetoric has clear parallels with antisemitic discourse about Jews killing Jesus. Ateek has also stated:
“At this Christmas time, when we remember the message of peace and love that came down from God to earth in the birth of Jesus Christ, our celebrations are marred by the destructive powers of the modern day “Herods” who are represented in the Israeli government. The message of this Christmas is already overshadowed by the sound of war, violence, and state terror. Indeed, violence breeds violence, and innocent people have been killed on both sides. But the original sin is the violence of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank […]”
Here he compares Israel‟s actions with “the original sin”!
Ateek clearly compares Herod and modern-day Israel. So he sees those with political power in Israel as baby-killers who suppress human rights and persecute baby Jesus, which instantly casts the Israeli government as the “baddy” in this story.
Jews who defend Israel‟s right to exist and her right to defend herself are thus considered part of the Zionist agenda, and „modern day Herods.‟ Whilst the old 3
Theological antisemitism accused the Jews of killing Jesus, the new theological antisemitism subtly accuses the Jewish state of trying to kill baby Jesus.
Naim Ateek has since told CATC 2012 organiser Stephen Sizer that,
“today, whether we like it or not, it‟s Israel that is on top of any country in the world”3
It is clearly antisemitic, to distort Israel‟s power in such a way. We should not tolerate this, or promote Naim Ateek‟s views at all. Naim Ateek was provided a platform by Christ at the Checkpoint, and he used this platform to promote his Sabeel theological outfit4.
Sabeel claims to be a Palestinian liberation theology movement, advocating this worldview. Yet Sabeel also view Hamas as a liberation theology movement.5 Sabeel supports boycotts against Israel, as has been evident since before CATC 2010 when Ateek spoke.6 Sabeel have since declared,
“We see boycott and divestment as non-violent tools for justice, peace and security for all.”7
Sabeel‟s website appears to boast that its “holy boycotts” have influenced Christian politics around the globe8. Surely we must limit Sabeel‟s influence, not encourage it. A Sabeel prayer letter from 2010 stated:
“As Bethlehem Bible College begins its “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference, we give thanks for all those who will speak and participate – as well as those who are organizing it. We pray that hearts and minds will be moved, that new advocates will be born to speak out around the world in the cause of justice and peace for this land and its peoples.” 9
Christ at the Checkpoint 2010: Mitri Raheb
At CATC 2010, Palestinian Lutheran priest Mitri Raheb told those present,
“Actually, Israel represents Rome of the Bible, not the people of the land. And this is not only because I‟m a Palestinian. I‟m sure if we were to do a DNA test between David, who was a Bethlehemite, and Jesus, born in Bethlehem, and Mitri, born just across the street from where Jesus was born, I‟m sure the DNA will show that there is a trace. While, if you put King David, Jesus and Netanyahu, you will get nothing, because Netanyahu comes from an East European tribe who converted to Judaism in the Middle Ages.” 10
Raheb suggests here, that Jews like Netanyahu have no true Jewish blood, and begins talking about DNA traces. However, it is a myth that Jews aren‟t really Jews by blood, and it is absurd to suggest Palestinian Arabs have more common DNA with the Biblical Israelites than Israeli Jews today do.
Christ at the Checkpoint 2010: Colin Chapman
At CATC 2010, British antizionist theologian Colin Chapman told those present,
“For centuries Jews and Christians lived relatively peacefully under Islamic rule throughout the Middle East and North Africa as dhimmis. But what seems to have happened is that the bad experience of Palestinian Muslims with Zionist immigrants after 1880 has reminded them of Muhammad‟s bad experience with the Jews of Medina, encouraging them to apply the harsh verses about Jews in the Qur‟an to Israeli Jews today. It must seem to Palestinian Muslims as if Jews of the modern period were simply repeating the hostile behaviour of Jews many centuries earlier towards the Prophet.”11
This was said quite shamelessly, and Chapman offered no counter-argument to this narrative that he perceives, which clearly casts the Jews as cosmic enemies of Muslims. No-one at CATC 2010 publicly challenged this argument either. 5
Christ at the Checkpoint 2012: Speakers
Ben White12 has shared a political platform with Azzam Tamimi at SOAS University13. At the event, Tamimi asked, “What‟s so terrorist about Hamas?”14 Azzam Tamimi is a man who has previously endorsed suicide bombing15. Ben White also praises Palestinian Christians who engage in violent “resistance” against Israel16. Ben White wrote in the Al Aqsa Journal:
„From the Arab Revolt in 1936, to the flourishing of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the mid-1960s, Christian Palestinians played a significant role in the resistance to Israel.’17
The Al Aqsa Journal is owned by Ismail Patel – an antisemitic conspiracy theorist and Hamas supporter.18 It speaks volumes that White should write for this outfit. In his book about “Israeli apartheid”, White cites the writings of Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, as a source that is useful19. Ben White has also written:
“I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are.”20
When federal authorities in the USA arrested a terror cell plotting to blow up a synagogue in New York, White complained that the arrests were a “fully blown threat to our freedoms.”21 White has also tried to argue that Israeli telecommunications companies must be boycotted from international business deals22. White supports “violent resistance” against Israel, writing that:
“Popular struggle, like violent resistance, is not an end in and of itself; it is a method, a strategy. It is the end goal, decolonization and liberation from occupation and Zionist apartheid, that is ferociously opposed by the self-declared international guardians of the “peace process” and their friends in the Palestinian elite. The rest is just smoke and mirrors.”23
Stephen Sizer 24 is vicar of Christ Church Virginia Water. He is a main organiser of the CATC 2012 conference.25 Sizer has recommended the writings of Holocaust deniers26, quoted from Holocaust deniers in his book and on Iranian TV27, and he has frequently linked to antisemitic websites28 29. In response to Helen Thomas’ call for Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine”30, Sizer enthused “bring it on“31. On this topic, Sizer has even linked approvingly to an interview with Helen Thomas in Playboy magazine!32
Sizer has joined hands with the Iranian regime to denounce Israel33, despite the fact that Iran’s Khomeinist regime has persecuted Christians since 197934. Shockingly, Ayatollah Khomeini’s daughter invited Sizer to Iran, promising to translate his writings into Farsi.35
Sizer met with Khomeini‟s daughter, Zahra Mostafavi, and the two exchanged gifts (see above right). Mostafavi has previously urged children to become suicide bombers.36
Sizer has met with the leader of Hezbollah‟s armed forces, Nabil Kaouk (left), in Southern Lebanon.37 Kaouk has previously celebrated the release of child-murderer Samir Kuntar, in a Hezbollah-Israel prisoner exchange.38 Kuntar murdered an Israeli father in front of his two children, before murdering the man‟s 4-year old daughter39.
Stephen Sizer has also befriended the antisemitic cleric Raed Salah (right), who thinks that Jews did not turn up for work on 9/1140. Salah also thinks that Jews baked matzah bread with the blood of Christian children, during the Middle Ages41.
Sizer and White have joined hands with Salah in a political project, backing Raed Salah as a man who knows how to “save Jerusalem”42. As such, these two CATC 2012 speakers sanitise his racist ideas. And so, they allow antisemitism to creep back into political and religious “Christian” discourse about the Jews and Israel. Indeed, one of Sizer‟s congregants, Tony Gratrex, who helps to run the Reading Palestine Solidarity Campaign, also thinks that the Jews control the media43.
Despite all this, Christ at the Checkpoint are happy to let Sizer organise their conference. Sizer caused controversy for this statement earlier this year, appearing to decry Jewish Israeli believers in Jesus as heretics, for their Zionism. He told members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign:
“There are certainly churches in Israel/Palestine that side with the occupation, that side with Zionism. One of my burdens is to challenge them theologically and show that they’ve repudiated Jesus, they‟ve repudiated the Bible, and they are an abomination.44”
He later had to retract this statement, after fellow speakers at Christ at the Checkpoint asked him to. Yet in his apology, Sizer blamed the bloggers who highlighted this quote, for doing so45, and claimed he was under duress because of pressure from Zionists on that night46. Furthermore, Sizer considers the Jewish covenant with God to be “rubbish”47. Sizer has expressed support for the terror-linked flotilla to Gaza48, telling a Malaysian audience,
Getting behind the flotilla is a fantastic way [that] people here in Malaysia can help. Getting relief supplies into Gaza, breaking the siege. […] We saw what happened to the Turkish flotilla. Coming up very soon there‟ll be a larger flotilla […] so we‟re really excited about what we can do together.49
Sami Awad50 is the director of the Holy Land Trust, which is a Palestinian NGO51. Awad has also endorsed antisemitic Islamist cleric Raed Salah52, despite Salah‟s racist conspiracy theories.
Although Awad frequently speaks about “non-violent resistance”53, he has written:
“Our goal is to involve all people in the popular resistance. I call for every person to ask themselves each day when they wake up what they can do that day to resist the occupation, whether it is coming up with a new slogan or music, writing something, it doesn‟t matter what. What does matter, what is crucially important, is that all people are engaged in this popular struggle.
This is not a substitute for the armed struggle. This is not a method for normalization with the occupation. Our goal is to revive the popular resistance until every person is involved in dismantling the occupation.54”
In a project for the Holy Land Trust in July 2011, Awad teamed up with the disgraced Greek Orthodox cleric Atallah Hanna (left)55. Hanna was removed from his post by the Greek Orthodox Church, shortly after praising suicide bombs against Israeli civilians56. Yet Sami Awad continues to work with Hanna.
Regarding the Gaza flotilla sent in May 2010 by the Turkish Islamists IHH57, Awad wrote,
“The world woke up Monday morning to a shocking and tragic scene, as Israeli commandos launched an unprovoked raid on a flotilla carrying nonviolent activists attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.”58
It is important to bear in mind, that the IHH is very pro-Hamas. Indeed, the IHH is one of the world’s biggest and most keen material and political supporters of Hamas59. The IHH are funders and lovers of jihad, with links to global terror networks60. IHH flotilla participants carried weapons on the flotilla ship Mavi
Marmara61. Flotilla participants also chanted songs, calling for the murder of Jews62. Here are some of the weapons found aboard the Mavi Marmara63:
And yet, Checkpoint speakers like Sami Awad, Ben White64 and Stephen Sizer65 support the IHH flotilla. Here we see CATC 2012 speakers, arguing that violent racists are actually non-violent and non-racist.
As well as supporting the IHH-backed flotilla in 2010, Awad was a spokesperson for the flytilla in 2011, which was outlawed by Israel.66 The flytilla was an attempt to put pressure on Israel, following the failure of the 2011 flotilla, also backed by IHH67. Awad has also used Twitter68 to promote an article, in which an Israeli journalist wrote:
“[…] the idea that we are members of the chosen people is planted far deeper […] If you scratch beneath the skin of almost any Israeli, you’ll discover that he really is convinced of that: We’re the best; the “Jewish genius” is the most successful; the Israel Defense Forces is the most moral. Nobody will tell them different, we’re simply the best in the world. This is not only unnecessary and groundless arrogance, it’s also an extremely dangerous idea that enables Israel to behave as it does, with blatant disregard of the world’s feelings. Nor does it lack benighted ultra-nationalist and racist foundations.”
This is a clear misunderstanding, about what it means to be “chosen”, as Harry‟s Place has discussed, in a similar context69. Sami Awad is also on the CATC 2012 organising committee70. 10
Alex Awad 71 is a lecturer at the Bethlehem Bible College, which is hosting CATC 2012. Like Sizer, Alex Awad is on the organising committee of CATC 201272.
Alex Awad likes to use the Bible as a weapon against Israel, arguing that the evil Pharaoh of the Bible is welcomed by Israel as their messiah. Awad says of Israelis,
“I knock at the doors of God‟s mercy and pray because Pharaoh, the messiah of modern Israel, is hardening his heart and the leaders of the Western world are clasping their hands in his bloody hands.”73
Alex’s brother Bishara 74 is the President of the college, and also a speaker at CATC 2012.
Alex Awad has a track record of preaching anti-Zionism around the world. Most notoriously, in May 2008, Awad attended the Voice of Palestine 60th Nakba Conference hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia, alongside representatives from Hamas and Hezbollah. Here is a picture of Awad (far-right) with Holocaust denier Fred Tobin (second-from-left):
Despite Awad‟s dislike of Christian Zionist prophecy, an Islamic scholar at the Jakarta event predicted that Israel would be destroyed by 202275!
Assorted terrorists, Islamists and Holocaust deniers76 were invited to the conference. You can read conference-attendee and Holocaust-denier Fred Tobin‟s account of events in Jakarta on his website77. You can see the aims of the Voice Of Palestine conference on the Muhsinlabib blog78. According to Tobin‟s report79, Awad advocated a one-state solution, as did others in Jakarta. 11
Also in attendance was Ayatollah Khomeini‟s daughter, the aforementioned Zahra Mostafavi from Iran.
According to the Voice of Palestine website80, Awad was representing the Bethlehem Bible College at this event. Alex and Bishara Awad have previously argued that,
“Palestinian Christians view Israel, and not Arafat, as the problem.”81
It is worth noting that Alex Awad appears to blame “the Jew” for Islamist suicide bombings, writing:
“When we fight for a piece of land, we use religion to rally people, to excite people to build zeal among the people so they will help accomplish a goal. Religion is used in the conflict, but it’s about land. The Muslim is fighting the Jew because of what the Jew took by force.”82
Alex Awad‟s open antisemitism, and his allying with terrorists and Holocaust deniers83, goes unchecked by Bishara Awad84, who does not appear to mind that his brother uses the Bethlehem Bible College name, in such a way.
Bishara Awad is also on the CATC 2012 organising committee85, and he has written letters inviting Christians around the world to participate in this conference86
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another person to look up is Craig Nielsen who also supports this and basically considers himself the Prodigy of Stephen Sizer
Uriel, Thanks for that, anything you have forward it to us. Fighting the battle on many fronts. Shalom, Keith