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July 20, 2009

Richard Silverstein, What's Your Evidence?

Blogger Richard Silverstein, a vocal defender of Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek has again taken up the cudgel on behalf of the founder of Sabeel. In a recent post, Silverstein writes that an un-named representative from CAMERA told Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek that he was "worse than Hamas." Silverstein reports that Rev. Dr. Ateek

recounted a story of an encounter he had with a leader of CAMERA [who said]: “You’re worse than Hamas.? What he meant was something like the following: We know how to fight Hamas. They are violent. They are terrorists. The world understands what they are. But you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. People see you and hear your moderate words and believe that perhaps the Palestinians aren’t so bad after all. Perhaps Israel should return the land and give Palestinians a state of their own.

A few questions are in order.

Who is the "leader of CAMERA" that Ateek is quoting? Who said this statement?

When did this conversation take place?

Where did this conversation take place?

And whom did you speak with at CAMERA to confirm the accuracy of Rev. Dr. Ateek’s quote?

In short, Richard, what’s your evidence?

Posted by dvz at July 20, 2009 06:12 PM


Of course, the very unrevered Rev Ateek provides pretexts for Fatah and Hamas terrorists. He is an essential part of the war against Israel and to separate him from terrorists in what is merely a division of labor is silly.

It is also of note that Ateek seldom if ever deals with the flight of most of the Christian population from Bethlehem, to which his Tantura Center is adjacent, since the Palestinian Authority took it over in December 1995. In fact, many of Ateek's presumed Christian brethren did not want arafat rule of their town, Bethlehem, and emigrated from there as the PA and Hamas harassed them, persecuted them, cancelled their rights, kidnapped their daughters, etc. But I am not aware that Ateek stands up for his fellow Christians who lived or still live in Bethlehem. If he has done so, he was not effective in defending them against the PA and Hamas.

But it is noteworthy that Ateek always has available a handy atrocity tale to use against Israel, some of these tales thematically based on medieval prejudices and fantasies about Jews.

Posted by: Eliyahu at July 21, 2009 04:38 AM

Eliyahu wrote, "But it is noteworthy that Ateek always has available a handy atrocity tale to use against Israel, some of these tales thematically based on medieval prejudices and fantasies about Jews." I don't know if Ateek has ever claimed that Israelis/Jews poison Palestinian wells or use their blood to bake Passover matzah, but he regularly resorts to the deicide charge.

Silverstein angrily denies that Ateek alludes to the ancient and deadly charge against the Jews of deicide when, as Easter approaches, this Christian clergyman preaches, "In this season of Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified. Palestine has become one huge golgotha. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily."

Nothing new about Silverstein making his own false claims or endorsing those of others, so long as their thrust is an anti-Israel one. I challenge anyone to find any instance of Silverstein blogging in support of Israel vis-a-vis its enemies. (Ironically, Silverstein insists that he is not anti-Israel, that he is in fact a "Zionist" himself. And he gets apoplectic when anyone says otherwise.)

Posted by: dcdoc at August 5, 2009 08:35 AM

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Posted by: Stop the Kapo at February 28, 2010 07:44 AM

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