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.
Dr. Gary Burge, Professor of New Testament and prominent theologian for anti-Israel 'fulfillment theology,' is making a comeback.
Why does Bethlehem Pastor Mitri Raheb argue that today's Jews are "an invented people," then march on the Temple Mount implicitly celebrating the murder of two Israelis there?
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.
Every year, there is a myriad of overseas visitors to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) who, at any given point in the year, take part in some organized program of subtle anti-Israel political indoctrination.
My own observations and calculations lead me to believe the total number of these tourists reaches into the tens of thousands and is likely to be growing.