Christians United for Israel is perhaps the premiere Christian Zionist group in the US. Their love and adoration for the state of Israel and every last Jew in the world is evident in the aggregate of all their undertakings, from their annual conferences in Washington to their “Nights to Honor Israel” held at local churches around the country.
Hardly a surprise, then, that CUFI is now on a mission–providing relief to Jewish flood victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. In a newsletter sent out Friday to members on its email list, the organization announced that it will be delivering kosher food to Jews in the disaster-struck area:
Tomorrow, a refrigerator truck will travel from Dallas to Houston filled with kosher food for the local Jewish community. CUFI’s Associate Texas State Director, Greg Stephens, and CUFI’s Texas State Director, Pastor George Pearsons, worked with a Dallas synagogue to make this delivery happen. As a result of our leaders’ generosity, as well as the deep relationships they have with the Dallas Jewish community, Jewish families at shelters throughout Houston will have the opportunity to eat kosher meals.
Human beings are human beings of course, and distributing aid on the basis religion strikes me as, well–unprincipled in a manner of speaking. But assuming one were going to do this, one would think that a group of people claiming for themselves the title of “Christians” might at least prioritize their co-religionists. Ah, but apparently not the case here.
The newsletter contains one other interesting tidbit of information: that an Israeli aid group known as IsraAID has now also involved itself in the hurricane relief effort in Houston. I posted an article on IsraAID in February of last year. The piece is written by Shabana Syed, who discusses the mysterious appearance, at that time, of an IsraAID team on the Greek island of Lesbos. She also wonders whether the group’s real intent is to provide “assistance” to those fleeing war-torn areas of the Middle East, as proclaimed, or whether it might actually be facilitation of the flood of refugees into Europe.
I’m of course not suggesting here that IsraAID, in its activities in Houston, is motivated by anything other than a desire to help the people of that city. But it is a pity that this same attitude isn’t taken by the Washington Post–with regard to an offer of assistance delivered to Houston by Venezuela.
It was announced on Wednesday that Venezuela, more or less like IsraAID, will donate $5 million to recovery efforts in Houston. This aid offer, however, was disparaged in a report by the Washington Post in which the writer expresses the view that “Venezuela has a long history of trolling U.S. leaders with kindness.”
Apparently the Washington Post does not believe that Israelis are now attempting to “troll the US with kindness.” It’s only the Venezuelans who do that. It’s a pity such cynicism exists in the world, but look on the bright side: Jews of Houston will have a nice, hearty kosher dinner tonight, courtesy of CUFI.