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July 17, 2015 9:57 am

Israeli Christian Group Publishes Anti-BDS Guide

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Father Gabriel Naddaf holds the Christian Empowerment Council new anti-BDS guide. Photo: Christian Empowerment Council.

Father Gabriel Naddaf holds the Christian Empowerment Council new anti-BDS guide. Photo: Christian Empowerment Council. – The Christian Empowerment Council, an Israeli Christian group headed by Father Gabriel Naddaf, has released a new guide to help Christians better understand the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The 12-page guide — titled Test The Spirits: A Christian Guide to the Anti-Israel Boycott Movement — seeks to challenge Christian anti-Zionism “on an ideological level” following the “recent discussions concerning BDS in global churches,” including in the Mennonite Church, the Episcopalian Church, and the United Church of Christ.

The Christian Empowerment Council is focused on working to integrate Israel’s Christian community into the wider Israeli society and to support young Christians looking to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

The guide tackles a wide array of questions, such as “How does a boycott of Israel impact the church?” and “Does the Bible encourage boycotting nations?” In answering the questions, the book draws from both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

“As the spiritual leader of the Christian Empowerment Council here in Israel, it is my responsibility to encourage Christians across the world to think about Israel in Biblical and moral ways,” Father Naddaf writes in the introduction. “As you consider personally your own spiritual towards Israel, it would be prudent to consider these points. I pray God will guide you in great wisdom.”

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  • Joseph Feld

    The Churches should notice that the only Middle East country with a growing Christian population is also the only non-Muslim country in the Middle East — Israel. See also ‘What the Qur’an Really Says’ by Shaykh Prof Abdul Hadi Palazzi on line. Mohamet appears to acknowledge that G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people and that Jerusalem was accepted by Mohamet as the Jewish focal point. The recent Palestinian narrative appears to contradict the Qur’an. Perhaps the UN and EU should read it.

  • David

    The guide can be downloaded here:

  • Joseph Feld

    The only Middle East country with a growing Christian community is Israel. Even in a moderate Muslim country like Egypt Christians have been murdered. It seems the only Middle East country that churches have considered boycotting is the only Middle East country that does not persecute Christians!

  • Thank you for publishing our PR regarding the anti-BDS booklet.
    On behalf of CEC I would like to thank you for your article!

    Unfortunately, We just noticed that the link you put for the PDF guide is wrong;
    The correct link is:

    We would appreciate if you could replace the link for the guide with the correct one. Many thanks!