Why is the U.S. taxpayer funding a ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ sponsor?

Not what Jesus would do.

Christ at the Checkpoint, or CatC, is a conference sponsored by the Bethlehem Bible College and the Holy Land Trust.  It was held in 2010 and 2012, and is now being held again, in Bethlehem (Judea, in the West Bank), in 2014.  A great deal can be written about the anti-Israel affiliations of its sponsors and the participation of left-wing Western – and in particular, left-leaning evangelical – Christians; a sampling of the background can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

But a group called NGO Monitor has pointed out what I want to highlight, which is that the U.S. taxpayer is contributing to CatC, if perhaps indirectly, through grants from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).  (See the full NGO Monitor report here.)  The NED receives funding from Congress, and between 2006 and 2012, it made grants in excess of $230,000 to the Holy Land Trust.* Continue reading “Why is the U.S. taxpayer funding a ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ sponsor?”

Biggest anti-Israel conference evah? Americans there; UN, Europe in official attendance; *UPDATE*

Braying for a piece of Jerusalem.

An “International Conference on Jerusalem” is being held 26-27 February in Doha, Qatar.  The conference was scheduled by the Arab League during its meeting in Sirte, Libya in 2010.  Its purpose is to combat the “Judaization of Jerusalem.”  In the words of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Report, which tracks Muslim Brotherhood activities, this month’s conference “represents an unprecedented coalition arrayed against Israel.”

This isn’t hyperbole.  The conference is unusually well advertised in English, being referred to in the media regularly as a “conference on Jerusalem,” rather than sparsely as a “conference on al-Quds,” the Arabic (and larger Islamic) term for Jerusalem.  Yousef al-Qaradawi, “spiritual leader” of the Muslim Brotherhood, has held a number of conferences on Jerusalem in the last decade, hosting them around the Arab world and flying largely under the radar in terms of his media posture with the West.  Researchers on the earlier Qaradawi conferences were more likely to find them under “al-Quds” than under “Jerusalem.”  But the February 2012 conference is simply billed Continue reading “Biggest anti-Israel conference evah? Americans there; UN, Europe in official attendance; *UPDATE*”