Earlier this week, Israel Today published remarks made to one of our contributing correspondents by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in regards to the Christ at the Checkpoint conference currently taking place in Bethlehem.
Yesterday, Christ at the Checkpoint (henceforth CatC) organizers announced both from the stage in Bethlehem and on their official Twitter account that our report was false, and that the MFA told them that it had never issued such a statement.
In an effort to clarify their assertion, Israel Today reached out to CatC organizer and Bethlehem Bible College President Jack Sara, who vaguely informed us that “high Jewish rabbis called the MFA on behalf of one of our delegates.”
Sara and CatC did not provide any further details. It should be noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently on strike, so it is unclear how anyone representing CatC was able to obtain any kind of official comment.
Our correspondent spoke to Mr. Yigal Palmor (pictured), the chief spokesman of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prior to the resumption of the MFA strike on Sunday.
Mr. Palmor offered the following as an “official response” to CatC:
“The attempt to use religious motifs in order to mobilize political propaganda and agitate the feelings of the faithful through the manipulation of religion and politics is an unacceptable and shameful act. Using religion for the purpose of incitement in the service of political interests stains the person who does it with a stain of indelible infamy.”
Israel Today fully stands behind its earlier report, and challenges the CatC organizers to speak to Mr. Palmor themselves before falsely accusing our publication.