In late May, a few hundred Christians from North America and Europe will arrive in Bethlehem, the city of Christ’s birth, to take part in the fifth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint Conference (CATC). The conference is organized by Bethlehem Bible College, a school supported by evangelical Protestants from North America and Europe. In fact, the college is a center for anti-Zionist propaganda. The CATC conferences it organizes are a central plank in its campaign to de-legitimize and demonize the Jewish state—in the names of Jesus and peace.
Like previous pro-Israel Christian speakers, Michael Brown might think he is introducing a discordant note to into the anti-Israel narrative of Christ at the Checkpoint, but once the conference comes to a close, his presence will actually serve it..
Earlier this year, in the middle of the so-called Knife or Stabbing Intifada in which Israeli's were being randomly slaughtered by blade-wielding Islamist Palestinians, evangelical leaders in Bethlehem held a conference. Called "Christ at the Checkpoint," its message was in sync with the current intifada. It was a full, frontal assault. But the intended victim of the conference, instead of Israel, was the community of Christians who stand with Israel, who support the Jewish State.
In the early hours on Tuesday morning, in the middle of the night, the hills of southern Judea began to hum. Waxing and waning in volume, the hum persisted. In retrospect, it is virtually certain that the source of the hum was Israeli aircraft. Helicopters, and probably drones, were backing up and supervising raids of weapon mills hidden in the biblical, now Islamic, cities of Hebron and Bethlehem. See for yourself what Israel discovered.
Dear Rena and Amichai Ariel,
I’m writing to you with deep sorrow in my heart. I try to imagine your loss from the brutal murder of your lovely daughter, and I cannot. As a Palestinian Christian who grew up in Gaza, I can tell you that my heart is broken and I mourn with you the loss of lovely Hallel.