JerusalemOnline recently learned that missionaries for the Jews for Jesus signed a pact with Musalaha, an organization whose head has links to the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine and who has praised Hamas terror tunnels.
Missionaries from Jews for Jesus in Israel are allying themselves with the anti-Zionist Palestinian Christian organization Musalaha in order to attack the Aramean Christian community. After a speaker at a Musalaha conference called Aramean Christians loyal to Israel “collaborators,” the Aramean community responded robustly. JerusalemOnline reported last year that Father Gabriel Naddaf, the spiritual head of the Christian Empowerment Council which is based in Nazareth, Israel, called out the Musalaha organization after its founder Salim Munayer, who boasts his family connections to George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, praised Hamas’ terror tunnels as sources of food and drink as well as a means to “get weapons to defend because they want to change the situation.”
In response to Naddaf, missionaries from Jews for Jesus defended Munayer’s stance on the terror tunnels. Jews for Jesus activist David Minsky, who works among many Israeli soldiers and other youth in Israel, asserted that Hamas was merely “defending themselves and the mess they created” during Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014. Labelling Israel’s security blockade of Gaza a “siege,” Minsky also suggested that Hamas may not have been to blame for the deaths of three Israeli teenagers on their way home from school before hostilities began – despite Hamas admitting to having kidnapped the boys. In further online comments, Minsky had suggested that Hamas was “trying to make life better” for the people of Gaza and that Father Naddaf should be sued for libel. Fellow Jews for Jesus missionary Chaim Birnbaum added that Naddaf’s post “had no foundational truths.”
This week, when Father Naddaf criticized a pact signed between Musalaha and leaders from Jews for Jesus, Minsky accused Naddaf’s organization of possessing “worthless, biased opinions.” Naddaf responded to Minsky by highlighting ties between Jews for Jesus missionaries and Anglican Vicar Stephen Sizer, who was banned by the Church of England from talking about Israel for life due to the suggestion that Jews were responsible for 9/11 and for his sharing of anti-Semitic material.
Naddaf wrote to Minsky this week: “You and others in your organization are an utter disgrace. It is well known how your colleague Yoel Ben David had the audacity to accept a preaching invitation from Steven Sizer – a man so eaten with hatred of Jews that he was even disciplined by his own diocese. Jesus endorses our right to defend ourselves, not just from Palestinian terrorists but also theological terrorists, who through insidious agreements such as these, concur with the blood libels of the Palestinian Authority which Musalaha supports, blood libels and historical lies that you also endorse, causing theological and physical violence against Israel and the Jewish people. To your shame, you have chosen to set aside the commandments of our Lord and instead have chosen to be people pleasers- politicians with a theological mask.”
In recent years, Jews for Jesus has embraced anti-Zionist Palestinian Evangelical Christians, whom Father Naddaf accuses of “theological terrorism.” Veteran Jews for Jesus scholar Richard Harvey, who co-authored the recent pact between Jews for Jesus and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-linked Musalaha, who also supports a one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, spoke at a recent “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference in Bethlehem and has also spoken in Stephen Sizer’s church.
UPDATE 22 Feb 2016
Nonsensical Reply of Jews for Jesus
Jews for Jesus Slandered in the Jerusalem Online
Contact: Susan Perlman, Jews for Jesus
San Francisco, CA – February 2, 2016
Jews for Jesus missionaries are wrongly being charged with links to Arab terrorists according to a Jerusalem Online report. Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth alleges that, by association, Jews for Jesus is in collusion with those who are anti-Zionist. He cites conversations with two Jews for Jesus staff members, both of whom have served as soldiers in the IDF and currently serve in the Israeli reserves.
Dan Sered, Israel director, was on an international platform with a staff member of one of these so-called terrorist sympathizers several years ago (in which they both spoke about reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians).
“Does that make me suspect? This kind of inference is very dangerous and can lead to terrible misunderstandings. I wish the Jerusalem Online had called me before printing this.”
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, responded by saying:
“These are flat out lies. No representatives of Jews for Jesus were ever interviewed for this so called news story. It is simply not true and I ought to know.”
The Jerusalem Online received complaints against its reporter, Rachel Avraham in the past when she ran a piece associating Woman at the Wall with anti-Israel groups back in 2013. At that time, those whom she attacked called her tactics, “a McCarthy-esque crusade.”
Factual information about Women at the Wall or Women of the Wall may be found here.