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Journalistic Malpractice [CBS ‘60 Minutes’ on Christians, Israel] by Adam Kredo

Journalistic Malpractice [CBS ‘60 Minutes’ on Christians, Israel] by Adam Kredo | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Christian leaders, Middle East experts, and observers on Capitol Hill are crying foul on a CBS News report that they say erroneously blamed Israel for the persecution and migration of Palestinian Christians. The report by “60 Minutes” contributor Bob Simon blamed Israeli security policies for the outflow of Christian Palestinians from historically Christian areas such as Nazareth and Bethlehem.

 

• Journalistic Malpractice [CBS ‘60 Minutes’ on Christians, Israel] by Adam Kredo http://bit.ly/I552je

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CBS piece on Christians’ plight in Middle East—in Israel? by Jennifer Rubin

Some Christians in the United States are not sitting still for this. Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Zionist group in the country, sent out an ”action alert” asking its members to contact CBS and air their complaints. The letter to CUFI members states: “This story scapegoated Israel and ignored the greatest threats facing the Christians of the Middle East. By focusing on the wrong story and blaming the wrong party, you have squandered a precious opportunity.” It continues: “The Christians of the Middle East do face unprecedented threats. As Islamic terrorists have stepped up their attacks against Christians, we are witnessing the collapse of the ancient Christian communities of Iraq, Egypt and Syria. Yet you chose to ignore these threats and focus instead on the security measures that Israel has taken to protect its citizens — Jewish, Christian and Muslim — from the very same Islamic terror.” A CUFI spokesman tells me that 16,000 e-mails were sent to CBS in the first four hours.

 

• CBS piece on Christians’ plight in Middle East—in Israel? by Jennifer Rubin http://wapo.st/HYGtFL

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Christians for Palestine by Lee Smith

Christians for Palestine by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

For most American Jews and Israelis, evangelical Christians are synonymous with zealous, biblically inspired support of the Jewish state—so zealous, in fact, that it makes some Jews uneasy. But the days when Israel could count on unconditional support from evangelicals may be coming to an end. As CUFI pushes Genesis and Joel, the Christ at the Checkpoint crowd is focused exclusively on Palestinians’ distress.

 

• Christians for Palestine by Lee Smith http://bit.ly/HTps4x

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Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians by Michael Oren

The extinction of the Middle East's Christian communities is an injustice of historic magnitude. Yet Israel provides an example of how this trend can not only be prevented but reversed. With the respect and appreciation that they receive in the Jewish state, the Christians of Muslim countries could not only survive but thrive.

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'60 Minutes' vs. Israel On Palestinian Christians by Marc Tracy

'60 Minutes' vs. Israel On Palestinian Christians by Marc Tracy | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

At one point, Simon notes the obstacles that West Bank checkpoints impose on Palestinian Christians, as though this were something Christians were specifically targeted for or uniquely suffer from. He thinks he is taking an original angle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but he is really just rehashing it and unfairly narrowing it in such a way that ignorant viewers may get that incorrect impression. While the show was menschy enough to air influential Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit calmly explaining what was wrong with the segment’s premise—namely, “Israel is not persecuting Christians as Christians. The Christians in the Holy Land suffer from Israeli policies that are a result of the overall tragic situation”—it might have actually taken Shavit’s words to heart.

 

• '60 Minutes' vs. Israel On Palestinian Christians by Marc Tracy (includes clip) http://bit.ly/IkUTP3

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New Book: The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel by Caitlin Carenen

In The Fervent Embrace, Caitlin Carenen chronicles the American Christian relationship with Israel, tracing first mainline Protestant and then evangelical support for Zionism. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, American liberal Protestants argued that America had a moral humanitarian duty to support Israel. Christian anti-Semitism had helped bring about the Holocaust, they declared, and so Christians must help make amends. Moreover, a stable and democratic Israel would no doubt make the Middle East a safer place for future American interests. Carenen argues that it was this mainline Protestant position that laid the foundation for the current evangelical Protestant support for Israel, which is based primarily on theological grounds. Drawing on previously unexplored archival material from the Central Zionist Archives in Israel, this volume tells the full story of the American Christian-Israel relationship, bringing the various "players"--American liberal Protestants, American Evangelicals, American Jews, and Israelis--together into one historical narrative.

 

• New Book: The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel by Caitlin Carenen http://amzn.to/IvhXx3

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“Destroy all the Churches” by Elliott Abrams

“Destroy all the Churches” by Elliott Abrams | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

There are roughly a million and a half Catholics, mostly Filipinos, here in Saudi Arabia, we said. Too bad, came the reply; they knew our rules before they came, and the rule is no religion other than Islam in Arabia. No churches. Period.

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