Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian Christian and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council–and she has a few words to say to US Vice President Mike Pence:
Ashrawi was a close friend and protege of Palestinian writer and scholar Edward Said, and she was also an important leader in the First Intifada. According to Wikipedia, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut and earned a Ph.D. in Medieval and Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia.
Pence and other Christians who support the US embassy move truly seem to worship the Old Testament god of vengeance and wrath. It is difficult to believe that they have one ounce of regard for the teachings of Jesus.
The following is a video posted a couple of days ago on Twitter. I can’t tell you what the Arabic voices narrating the event are saying, but the images we see–a protestor run down by an Israeli jeep and Israeli soldiers pepper spraying Palestinian medics–kind of speaks for itself. I can only conclude that Christian Zionists must fully approve of these sorts of things when they are carried out by Israeli soldiers:
The following is from the website of Christians United for Israel:
Since its inception, CUFI has been unequivocal in its position that Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish state. Each-and-every time Pastor Hagee has met with President Trump or Vice President Pence, he has reiterated the centrality of Jerusalem’s status to CUFI’s policy agenda. In January of 2017, just days before President Trump took office, the CUFI Action Fund held a Washington fly-in during which more than 260 leaders representing 49 states urged that the embassy be moved. And prior to the President’s announcement Wednesday, CUFI members sent more than 137,000 emails to the White House in support of moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
“Millions of Americans in every state and congressional district across the country are celebrating President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem and move the US Embassy there. We hope the President’s decisive support for Israel will help other elected officials in both parties see that the American people want their leaders to stand up and speak up for the Jewish state,” noted CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker.
The CUFI also ran a full page ad in the Washington Post thanking Trump for his announcement on the embassy move. “We and the millions of Christians we represent will never forget your courageous act,” the ad states.
Apparently anything done by an Israeli soldier to a Palestinian is acceptable to the CUFI.
Christian Zionism is a heresy. It is a pity that the “millions of Christians” purportedly represented by this group have no ears to hear the words of people like Hanan Ashrawi.
In a post I put up yesterday I reported that Palestinian Christians have announced they will not meet with Pence during his visit to Israel next week. As I commented in that post:
It is rather ironic that Pence, who professes to be a Christian, will be visiting Israel one week before Christmas but will be snubbed by Christians in the town of Christ’s birth. This plus the fact that the pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt is also refusing to meet with him would tend to make something of a mockery of his entire visit to the Middle East.
Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Who is following that teaching–Mike Pence or Hanan Asrawi?
Gloria in excelsis deo.