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April 01, 2014

Contradictory Stories from Christ at the Checkpoint

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CATC Conference Director Munther Isaac addresses 2014 attendees. (Dexter Van Zile)

What a difference two years can make!

At the 2012 Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, Munther Isaac, (who recently got his Ph.D. from Oxford Center for Mission Studies), told attendees that Palestinian Christians “have always enjoyed the support of the Palestinian leaders” and that they “worship with freedom and exercise [their] rights like all Palestinians.”

Isaac made this statement while introducing Salaam Fayyad, who was then serving as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.

Two years later, attendees heard a different story. The first night of the conference, Munir Kakish, the leader of the Council of Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land called on the Palestinian Authority to recognize Evangelical churches and accord them their civil rights. Here is what he said:

As a religious group, we are still unable to practice our basic civil rights to issue marriage certificates, register our church properties in the name of the church, or even open bank accounts to manage our churches’ financial affairs.

One of these statements cannot be true.

If Christians “worship with freedom” and “exercise rights like all Palestinians,” then why can’t Evangelical churches open bank accounts in Palestinian society?

Posted by dvz at April 1, 2014 02:52 PM

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Bringing this to light does a great service to truth. It is an upill battle trying ot get the westermn church bodies to recognize the real source of the persecution for which mainline church bodies are constantly denouncing Israel.

Paul Merkley

Posted by: Paul Merkley at April 1, 2014 05:02 PM

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