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  • It Started Out So Good …


    It Started Out So Good … July 24, 2019 12:03

    By Abraham A. van Kempen

    The Hague, The Netherlands

     

    Israeli journalist, Meron Rapoport, states in his article, ‘When Zionism imagined Jewish nationalism without supremacy:’

     

    “In his recent book [‘Beyond the Nation-State’], Dr. Dmitry Shumsky [a historian of the Zionist movement at the Hebrew University] shows that, contrary to popular belief, the forefathers of Zionism did not envision a state based on Jewish supremacy. And yet Zionism, he says, inevitably involves the oppression of Palestinians.”

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  • The Abuse of Religion to Foster Extremism Is a Universal Phenomenon


    The Abuse of Religion to Foster Extremism Is a Universal Phenomenon July 31, 2019 15:06

    Source: Common Dreams

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/29/abuse-religion-foster-extremism-universal-phenomenon

     

    By James Zogby

    Published July 29, 2019

     

    When it masks a political agenda or when it justifies violence either by groups or state actors, it becomes a danger

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  • Evangelicals aren’t turned off by Trump’s first term — they’re delighted by it


    Evangelicals aren’t turned off by Trump’s first term — they’re delighted by it August 14, 2019 10:57

    Source: Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/evangelicals-arent-turned-off-by-trumps-first-term--theyre-delighted-by-it/2019/08/11/3911bc88-a990-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html?noredirect=on

     

    By Julie Zauzmer
    Published August 13, 2019

     

    BRANDON, Fla. — Three years ago, Rickey Halbert was torn about whether to vote for Donald Trump.

     

    On the one hand, he’d read about Trump’s extramarital affairs and the women who alleged he had sexually assaulted them. Halbert, a Defense Department employee, didn’t think the candidate matched his moral compass.

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  • Setting The Record Straight On Christian Zionism


    Setting The Record Straight On Christian Zionism September 16, 2019 12:58

    Source: Forward

    https://forward.com/culture/430428/setting-the-record-straight-on-christian-zionism/

     

    By Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

    Publsished August 29, 2019

     

    The book review for “Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, And U.S.-Israeli Relations” entitled “Why Everything You Think You Know About Christian Zionism is Wrong” grossly misstated numerous aspects of Christian Zionism and the movement in America. The narrative that Raphael Magarik puts forth seeks to debunk the idea that: “Christian Zionism conceals under a cloak of philo-Semitism, a nefarious agenda. Christian Zionists support Israel, supposedly, to hasten the end-times, when “Jews must convert or die.”

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  • Katanacho and the Protestant struggle against ‘Israelism’


    Katanacho and the Protestant struggle against ‘Israelism’ October 10, 2019 17:06

    By: Abraham A. van Kempen

     

    This article is a translated and slightly revised version of a contribution by Dr. Steven Paas to a symposium of the Dutch branch of Kairos-Sabeel on 20 September 2019, at the occasion of the presentation of the Dutch translation of the Palestinian theologian Yohanna Katanacho’s book The Land of Christ.

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  • Can You Trust God to Let the Chips Fall Where He wants?


    Can You Trust God to Let the Chips Fall Where He wants? October 15, 2019 13:51

    By: Abraham A. van Kempen

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  • Why evangelicals in the US should support the establishment of a Palestinian state


    Why evangelicals in the US should support the establishment of a Palestinian state October 25, 2019 14:15

    Source: The Christian Post

    https://www.christianpost.com/voice/why-evangelicals-in-the-us-should-support-the-establishment-of-a-palestinian-state.html

     

    By Issam Smeir, Voices Contributor

    Published September 18, 2019

     

    This summer in Bahrain, Jared Kushner's plan for a bright new economic future for Palestine was announced. This plan, however, not only does not include a solution to the political challenges in the region (that's anticipated to come this fall), but it follows on the heels of rumors that the Trump administration has been considering alternatives that do not include a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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  • Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump


    Countering Christian Zionism in the Age of Trump November 01, 2019 13:24

    Source: Middle East Research and Information Project

    https://merip.org/2019/08/countering-christian-zionism-in-the-age-of-trump/

     

    By Mimi Kirk 

    Published 08 August 2019

     

    The May 2018 ceremony marking the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem featured many of the usual suspects. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all delivered remarks during the more than one-hour-long ceremony that touted the US-Israel relationship and, in Netanyahu’s words, embraced Jerusalem as “the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.”

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  • Jewish Citizens in a Future Democratic Palestine?


    Jewish Citizens in a Future Democratic Palestine? November 18, 2019 14:33

    Source: Providence 

    https://providencemag.com/2019/11/dual-democracies-initiative-israel-jewish-citizens-democratic-palestine/

     

    By George E. Assousa 

    Published November 13, 2019

     

    As a 12-year-old boy in 1948, I fled with my family from our home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Katamon and never returned. Life took me to Ramallah, where I received a good Christian education, and then to the United States, where I became a physicist. Eventually, I went to the United Kingdom, where I became involved in international economic development. My heart still beats with memories of my beautiful home in Jerusalem, but my mind—trained through physics to deal with concrete facts—tells me that, unfortunately, history in Palestine cannot be reversed. The future, on the contrary, is in our hands. 

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  • Church of England report admits Christian anti-Semitism helped lead to Holocaust


    Church of England report admits Christian anti-Semitism helped lead to Holocaust November 25, 2019 14:54

    Source: The Times of Israel

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/church-of-england-report-admits-christian-anti-semitism-led-to-holocaust/

     

    By ROBERT PHILPOT

    Publshed 22 November 2019

     

    Work acknowledges ‘fertile seed-bed for murderous anti-Semitism in the modern era’; in afterword to 105-page document, chief rabbi slams evangelical attempts to convert Jews

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