Anti-Israel Christian ‘Tourists’ Return to the Holy Land

‘Monitors’ from the World Council of Churches exploit the resumption of tourism to again smear the Jewish state

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, BDS
Illustration. Not all Christian visitors come to the Holy Land out of love and support for the reborn Jewish state.
Illustration. Not all Christian visitors come to the Holy Land out of love and support for the reborn Jewish state. Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90

Christians looking to accuse and smear the Jewish state are again making their way into the country disguised as tourists after Israel fully reopened to foreign visitors following nearly two years of Corona-related closures.

Local Israeli NGO Im Tirzu reported on the return of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) this week, signaling a post-COVID return to Christian antagonism toward the Jewish state.

EAPPI activists, known as “ecumenical monitors,” enter Israel as “innocent” tourists, which gives them three months in the country. They spend most of that time in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”) with the mission to “witness life under occupation” and be “the first to respond to human rights violations.”

Needless to say, these Christians tend to amplify each and every libel raised against Israel by the Palestinians. What’s more, they have been caught a number of times participating in harassment of Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers, a tactic often used by Palestinian activists to elicit a violent response which can then be posted to social media (after careful editing, of course) to “expose” Israeli “crimes.”

You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. Exodus 23:1

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