Christians slam Christian response to Gaza carnage

Thursday, June 21, 2007 |  by Ryan Jones

Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East (CFW) issued a statement this week harshly criticizing the reaction of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) to last week's military conquest of Gaza by the Hamas terrorist organization.

As Gaza fell last week before a bloody Hamas onslaught marked by widespread atrocities, CMEP issued a bland statement calling for an end to “domestic fighting” in Gaza, while at the same time taking the opportunity to demand Israel end its “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and hand over the eastern half of Jerusalem.

CFW National Director Ruth Lautt reminded her traditionally pro-Palestinian Christian peers that in just four days of internecine Gaza violence “over one hundred Palestinians were killed... people were thrown off rooftops, children witnessed the slaughter of their parents, [and] corpses were dragged triumphantly through refugee camps.”

Lautt concluded that "one would reasonably expect those who routinely complain about Israeli military actions to condemn Hamas with equal fervor.”

However, “the statement posted by CMEP seemed designed to convey a belief that the siege in Gaza was a mere diversion from fighting the ‘occupation,’” noted Fair Witness Executive Committee member Dexter Van Zile. “We believe it is irresponsible for Christian voices in the US to be silent on the extent of this brutality while seeming to attempt to focus attention on Israel.”

In addition to the general violence in Gaza last week, numerous attacks targeting local Christians and Christian institutions were reported. Those incidents were largely ignored by the Christian world.

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