“For over 60 years,” said Steve Haas, vice president of World Vision U.S., “many Evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism.”
Lausanne Global Analysis recently published excerpts of a chapel speech delivered by Haas at a New England seminary last year.
Haas compared so-called “Christian Zionists” to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.
“He says Israel is apartheid on steroids,” comments Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries. ”
“And this is so ludicrous for anybody who’s been to Israel – who’s observed how the Palestinian people are treated in Israel,” Markell adds. “Israel allows their Arab population the most freedom of any other nation in the whole Middle East.”
Blaming Israel for the Palestinian people living in poverty is also outrageous, says Markell.
The low income of the Palestinian people comes from the “brutal treatment they get from their PA leaders, who are virtually extorting the Palestinian people,” she alleges.
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