The World Council of Churches’ Ongoing Anti-Israel Obsession
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is at it again. The umbrella organization that represents approximately 350 Orthodox and Protestant churches — and was once infiltrated by the KGB and turned into an anti-Western megaphone — is working to undermine the legitimacy of the Jewish State in the minds of Christians throughout the world.
Every September, the WCC hosts a “World Week for Peace,” which highlights the work of two organizations affiliated with the Council — the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine Israel (EAPPI) and the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF).
The first organization is comprised of activists who go to the West Bank to gather images and stories of Israeli Jews behaving badly, and the second organization is comprised of religious leaders who broadcast anti-Israel polemics disguised as theology and liturgy.
This year, the publicity materials associated with the “World Week for Peace” include a poem that opens with the line “It’s time for Palestine.” It declares that it is time for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, but as a text, it only highlights those aspects of the conflict that can be blamed on Israel, not on the Palestinians.
It condemns the security barrier, Israeli home demolitions, and calls for Israelis who live in the West Bank to be brought back into Israel. The poem makes no mention of the stabbing attacks perpetrated by young Palestinians, says nothing about the incitement broadcast on Palestinian television, and does not mention the statements made by Palestinian leaders about how Jews have no right to live in Israel or set their “filthy feet” on the Temple Mount.
Next, there is a prayer from Michel Sabbah — the Palestinian Christian who can always be counted on to manipulate Christian scripture to viciously attack Israel. In Sabbah’s worldview, the Palestinians never do anything wrong and everything is always the fault of the Israelis. In his latest prayer, Sabbah condemns the security barrier and checkpoints. Nowhere does he mention the young Palestinians who have stabbed pregnant women in the streets of Jerusalem, or who have attacked women and children sleeping in their beds.
The WCC has also produced an online exhibit of photographs that it wants to be shown to local churches. Every one of the 15 photos highlights the impact of Israeli security measures on the Palestinians. It shows Palestinians filing through the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem; an Israeli and a Palestinian walking on different sides of a concrete barrier in Hebron; and a Palestinian man (predictably described as a “youth”) lifting up his shirt to show an Israeli soldier he is unarmed. There are no pictures, however, of young Palestinians throwing rocks or firebombs at cars, no images of Israelis running from knife attacks, and no images of Israelis having rockets at them. It’s an obvious, and dishonest, omission from an organization supposedly intent on “peacemaking.” If you can’t speak the truth about the conflict, you can’t expect to play a role in ending it.
If the WCC and its activists and allies in the Holy Land were serious about promoting peace, they might condemn Palestinian terror, condemn the invective spewed by Mahmoud Abbas and his “moderate” faction, and might highlight the war crimes of Hamas.
But don’t hold your breath, because the WCC’s policy is always to indulge the Palestinians while excoriating Israel. The organization promotes the creation of a Palestinian state without a thought as to whether or not the current set of elites in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip can govern responsibly. Every sign indicates that they cannot, but that won’t be the WCC’s problem – only Israel’s.
Maybe next year the WCC will come to its senses and sponsor a week-long campaign to highlight the murder and genocide of religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries throughout the Middle East.
But I wouldn’t bet on it.