World Council of Churches Takes Arab Side In Har Habayis Battle

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The World Council of Churches (WCC) has declared its support for the Palestinian campaign against Israeli control of Jerusalem’s holy sites, describing new Israeli security measures at the Har Habayis as a “corrosive act in the midst of an already-fragile peace.”

“Keeping the historical status quo and supporting equal rights for Christians, Muslims and Jews at these holy sites is vitally important to maintaining peace and de-escalating violence,” said Fr. Ioan Sauca, acting general secretary of the WCC.

“Denying access to holy sites for thousands of people who have traveled far to pray is not only a violation of the rights of those individuals, but also a corrosive act in the midst of an already-fragile peace,” Fr. Sauca said.

One prominent Jewish human rights group ridiculed the WCC for protesting against Israel’s installation of metal detectors at the site, when such measures are common at religious sites around the world. In 2015, Saudi Arabia introduced a range of new restrictions, including electronic bracelets, for Muslims performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca after capturing a suicide bomber who planned to attack the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city. Major Christian sites, most obviously at the Vatican in Rome, have also implemented enhanced measures amid a continuing wave of Islamist terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East.

“The installation of metal detectors is taken for granted at the Vatican, at government offices, at every airport around the globe,” said Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein – Director of Interfaith Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC). “They were first made necessary when Palestinians internationalized terrorism decades ago.”

A statement from the SWC argued: “If the WCC’s call to maintain the ‘status quo’, i.e. free access without metal detectors, is heeded, it will be complicit in the shedding of blood in the future. If the WCC is truly interested in protecting the rights of all the prayers, they should denounce extremist protests and threats made against Istanbul’s leading synagogue, which has suffered two previous terrorist attacks.”

The WCC’s attitude to Israel has been consistently hostile for several decades. The organization has a deliberately vague policy towards the BDS campaign targeting Israel, saying it does not support a boycott, but endorsing at the same time “all non-violent efforts to end the occupation (including considering appropriate economic and other measures).”

The WCC is a central promoter of the Christian “Kairos Palestine” document, which characterizes terrorist acts of “armed resistance” as “Palestinian legal resistance,” denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms, calls to mobilize churches worldwide in the call for BDS, and compares Israel with the South African apartheid regime.

According to the Israeli research institute NGO Monitor, the WCC directly funds groups in its “Israel/Palestine” network that promote BDS and “lawfare” campaigns to convict Israeli political and military leaders for alleged “war crimes.”

(C) 2017 . The Algemeiner      .       Ben Cohen

 

{Matzav.com}

5 COMMENTS

  1. A Goy is a Goy is a Goy is a Goy is a Goy.

    Oy yoy yoy
    Shiker is a Goy.

    Yosselle Pondrek, give mir gelt.
    Ich ho-nisht.
    Yoselle Pondrek, Shnad oop the kleineme.
    Ich lo-nisht.

  2. Why don’t they tell the Vatican to remove their .metal detectors? All they are are a bunch of hypocrites.
    This is dormant anti-Semitism from the Catholic church.

  3. This is a no blamer.

    The christians are not jews and do not expect them to just side well humor with the rights of the priest class Israel.

    The world can see we must work harder and that does not mean meeting the christians and discussing world affairs.

    We must daven and go directly to Hashem. He alone will change the rights of Israel.

  4. All these Goyim are the same. No one has the right to decide the fate of the Har Habayis. We all know that Hashem’s plan always prevails. Not to fear; we know through our great prophets what the outcome will be. Whatever control the Goyim have over the Har Habayis will not last.

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