The online bulletin board posted on the ‘Come and See’ website provides a forum for debate. One dispute of particular interest that arose over the weeks following Rami Ayyad’s martyrdom in Gaza. This dispute erupted mainly between three people using the names ‘Jim’ (From the “International Christian Embassy” in Jerusalem, and ‘Khaleel’, and ‘Safa’ (Who introduced themselves as Palestinian Christians) and centered around the on-going tension between Christian Zionists from one side and Palestinian Christians from another side. Below is a record of the conversation.
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November 07, 20079087 reads
October 10, 20074917 readsToday I wept. I had just read these words in the Jerusalem Post: “The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened. There are 50 million Christians standing up and applauding the State of Israel.” This was written by Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel.
Does Pastor Hagee count me in that number? Through my tears I realized that American Christians have made the state of Israel an idol. I shuddered at the reference to Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East.”
Steve Steiner, Special For "Come and See", October 10, 2007
October 02, 20077245 readsThis summer, Pastor Alex Awad from East Jerusalem’s Baptist Church lost a lamb from his flock. Linda Finamore, a volunteering teacher at the ‘Jerusalem School’ in Bethlehem for the past eight years, was denied access to re-enter Israel after her summer vacation in the US. But why does Israel turn its back on good-doers?
By Maria Hjort, Special For "Come and See", Oct 2, 2007
August 08, 20074158 readsSince 1993, Dr. Richard J. Mouw has been the President of Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the leading seminaries in the world. He has been one of the evangelical leaders who signed the letter sent to president George W. Bush supporting a two state solution for Israel/Palestine.
Dr. Mouw writes in his blog the reasons behind his support for this solution by asking this theological question: "How do you understand, theologically, the Palestinian Christians, and what are God’s promises to them?"
Mouw's Musings, The President's blog, Aug 7, 2007
April 02, 20073791 readsWhile Jews prepare to celebrate their exodus from Egypt today, former Knesset Member Yossi Sarid writes a provocative article in Haaretz, comparing the struggle of the Jews for freedom from Pharaoh, to the current struggle of the Palestinians for freedom.
"If the leadership of Moses was based on a great vision of saving a nation from its oppressors, the leadership of Pharaoh was based on a petty accounting of how to profit from the enslavement of another nation"
Yossi Sarid, April 2, 2007, Haaretz
March 06, 20073760 readsJihad and suicide bombers, Osama bin Laden and terrorism: That image of Islam, prevalent in the West, may not be representative of the majority of Muslims in the world.
But neither is it a false image, says Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, an expert on Christian-Islamic relations who currently serves as eparch of the Melkite Diocese of Newton, Mass., and spiritual leader of all the Melkite Catholics in the United States.
While visiting the Melkite communities in Miami and Delray Beach at the beginning of March, he spoke at St. Thomas University on the "clash of civilizations" between Islam and Christianity.
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto, Miami Gardens, March 5, 2007
August 14, 20064247 readsChristian Zionists, mostly from the United States, are trying to throw their weight behind one of the parties, in effect calling for the continuation of the war and carnage in Lebanon.
A small minority of evangelical Christians have entered the Middle East political arena with some of the most un-Christian statements I have ever heard. The latest gems come from people like Pat Robertson, the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and Rev. John Hagee of Christians United for Israel.
by Daoud Kuttab, Palestine Network News, Aug 12, 2006
July 20, 20066256 readsThe director of a Christian School in Nazareth writes about his experience and thinking after a week of war in the region and few missiles hitting Nazareth last evening.
Terrifying experiences like that of Missiles coming down from the sky close to where you live have a tendency of making you raise ?purpose driven? questions: Did Jesus put us in His hometown randomly without purpose?
By Botrus Mansour, Special for Come and See, July 20, 2006
July 04, 20063976 readsAccording to Stephen Sizer, Don Wagner and Ann Helmke, the fundamentalist Christian doctrine, which does not recognize the rights of the Palestinians, does not contain any form of concern for the welfare of the State of Israel.
Sizer argues that behind the love of Israel, the Zionist Christians are concealing an intense anti-Semitism.
Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz diplomatic affairs analyst, meets Christian leaders who are not automatic supporters of Israel and come to the conclusion that not all Evangelicals or Christians are "in Israel's pocket", as many people tend to believe.
Akiva Eldar, Haaretz, July 4, 2006
June 01, 20064938 readsOne of the most important Israeli columnists writes in Yediot Ahronot about the ciriticism that Henry Hyde and Robert Novak have against the Israeli seperation wall.
Hyde writes that Israel's actions "go beyond the realm of legitimate security concerns and have negative consequences on communities and lands under their occupation," places such as Bethlehem and Beit Jala. He writes of the difficulties Christian residents have reaching holy sites such as a result of the security fence.
Ofer Shelah, YnetNews, May 29, 2006