Arafat's attempt to twist history and theology by turning Jesus the Jew into a sword-carrying Palestinian warrior was evident in a UN speech he had given in 1983:
"We were under Roman imperialism. We sent a Palestinian fisherman, called St. Peter, to Rome. He not only occupied Rome, but also won the hearts of the people. We know how to resist imperialism and occupation. Jesus Christ was the first Palestinian fedayin who carried his sword along the path on which the Palestinians today carry their Cross" -moreBy 1996, the date of this "Golden Oldie" cartoon, PLO pressure had brought about a major exodus of Christians from Bethlehem and other towns under Palestinian Authority control.These days, however, there's good news! The disgraceful 2004 Presbyterian decision to "divest" from Israel is being reversed as I write!!Here's the background as described by CUANAS.
"In 2004, the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America, as a reaction to Israeli policy vis a vis the Palestinians, voted to "divest" from Israel, which means to cease all existing investments in Israeli companies. ... more"Here's Living in the Past, another Christian blog:
"This is really good news to Donna and I. Yes, we are members of the Presbyterian Church USA and I have never agreed with this original decision to divest itself from Israel. Finally more intelligent minds are beginning to prevail. ...more."
You can follow what's going on at the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) convention where the debates and voting is taking place, by visiting a site called Presbyterians For Peace.If you are a Presbyterian (and even if you're not) check out the action at these sites by the folks behind Presbyterians for Peace:
- End Divestment Now
- Bearing Witness
- The National Christian Leadership Conference
- Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East
- Presbyterians Concerned for Jewish Christian Relations