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October 09, 2013

Where's the Coverage? Israeli Christians Declare "the State of Israel is Our Heart"

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At a recent conference, “Israeli Christians: Breaking Free? The advent of an independent Christian voice in Israel,” Israeli Christian leaders spoke about how their history, culture and heritage have been overwhelmed by Muslim Arabs.

As reported in Israel Hayom, Rev. Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest in Nazareth, addressed the gathering:

Naddaf spoke of the Christian roots, planted deep in this land since the dawn of Christianity. This is where Jesus Christ's doctrine first emerged. The Christian faith, he said, came out of the Jewish faith and its biblical roots. As far as Naddaf is concerned, what happened in the seventh century was an Arab invasion from which the Christians also suffered. He added that he wasn't very proud of the Christian crusades either, and distanced himself from them.

He surveyed the dire situation currently faced by Christians in Arab states, and said that the realization that Israel is the only country in the region that protects its Christian minority has prompted many Arabic-speaking Israeli Christians to develop a desire to contribute to the state of Israel.

Lt. Shaadi Khalloul, spokesman for the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, an officer retired from the Israel Defense Forces Paratroopers Brigade, and a scholar of the Christian faith in the region, said:

"The typical Christian student thinks that he belongs to the Arab people and the Islamic nation, instead of speaking to the people with whom he truly shares his roots -- the Jewish people, whose origins are in the Land of Israel.”

Rev. Naddaf declared:

"The State of Israel is our heart. Israel is a holy state, a strong state, and its people, Jews and Christians alike, are united under one covenant.”

CAMERA could find no reporting on this conference in any mainstream media outlet. Instead some, for example 60 Minutes, promote a demonstrably false narrative that “Christians in the Holy Land” are persecuted by Israel.

But real, living, breathing Christians in Israel know the truth: Israel alone in the Middle East respects and protects the rights of the Christian minority. So… Where’s the coverage?

Watch a CAMERA-produced video on the 60 Minutes story:


Posted by SC at October 9, 2013 12:46 PM

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