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.
So, Jews, Bethlehem Bible College is already preparing #CATC2016 to make you feel as welcome as possible.
IDF troops on duty near Bethlehem. (photo credit:Udi Gal)